Leadership Matters provides professional development for principals, administrators, and teacher leaders nationwide in order to improve teaching and learning for the success of all students.

Meet Kate Dickson, PhD

Kate Dickson | Leadership Matters

Kate is President and Founder of Leadership Matters, Inc.—an education consulting company focused on teacher and administrator leadership and development. With over 40 years experience in K-12 education, Kate is dedicated to improving teaching and learning in America’s schools. Currently, she is a charter member of the Danielson Group, which seeks to enhance professional practices of educators so as to positively impact student learning. As a Danielson consultant, she works with school districts nationwide to successfully implement the Framework for Teaching, a research-based set of components of instruction, grounded in a constructivist view of learning and teaching that supports mentoring, coaching, professional development, and teacher evaluation. Kate has been using the Framework since 1997, specializing in education policy, teacher/leader effectiveness, and organizational improvement to increase quality teaching and learning for all students.
Previously, Kate served as Vice President of Education Policy for Oregon’s Chalkboard Project, where she started and directed the CLASS Project, launched TeachOregon, and helped pass critical legislation, including Oregon’s Teacher Mentoring Project. She has also served as Oregon Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) Assistant Executive Director, Assistant Superintendent of West Linn-Wilsonville School District, Adjunct Professor at Lewis and Clark College and University of Oregon, school principal, curriculum resource specialist, and classroom teacher in Salem-Keizer Public Schools. She has worked with the Business Education Compact, Oregon Education Association, and Oregon Small Schools Initiative. Her efforts have supported Oregon’s schools and districts professional development for teacher and administrator induction programs, teacher professional growth and evaluation programs, and university teacher and administrator preparation programs.
Kate holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Management from University of Oregon, M.S. in Education from Western Oregon University, B.S. in Education from University of South Dakota, as well as administrator and superintendent credentials.


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