Kate Anderson Foley PhD Associate

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Kate is a transformational leader with expertise leading public school districts and states toward equitable and integrated services for all learners. Areas of expertise include special education, strategic planning, responsive systems of support, Medicaid reimbursement, operations, and funding reform. Her work is grounded in social justice aimed at breaking down the barriers for children who historically have been marginalized, especially students at-risk and special education. Kate has held senior leadership positions at large urban districts and the state board of education. She led organizational change utilizing a strategic framework that ensured guaranteed and rigorous learning leading to college and career readiness for all students. Kate’s work has been focused on creating conditions that foster high expectations of adults for students and innovation leading to equitable opportunities for all learners.  Kate’s experience with large-scale reform at the local and state level has resulted in improved academic and social-emotional outcomes for children, innovative healthcare models, and efficient operations. As a senior state leader for the State of Illinois, Kate’s vision of fulfilling the promise of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was nested within the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). She was an expert contributor to the ESSA State Plan where an asset-based, nimble system was created that intentionally addressed opportunity gaps for all learners, regardless of background and circumstance. Her deep understanding of equity-based school funding contributed to a reform model for the state of Illinois. Kate partners with local, state, and national agencies and organizations providing her expertise with strategic planning, and asset-based education policies and practices. Kate works closely with senior leadership across various sectors providing executive coaching aimed at creating growth-minded organizational cultures.