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Kate Gerson      

Chief Executive Officer of UnboundEd

Kate Gerson is the Chief Executive Officer of UnboundEd. Kate has driven the design and development of curriculum implementation and professional learning, trained transformational school leaders, and served as both a high school teacher and principal. As managing partner of programs, Kate sets the vision and oversees the design, delivery and quality of all programs.

Kate was the senior fellow for educator engagement at the Regents Research Fund, where she oversaw the design and development of New York State’s groundbreaking curriculum, training and professional development resources related to higher educational standards on EngageNY.org.

Previously, she was executive director with the national nonprofit New Leaders and trained aspiring school leaders.

As Executive Director of Academic Programs for New Leaders for New Schools from 2007-2010, Kate drove program design and implementation for principal recruitment, selection, assessment, and training, organizational change management, and leadership coach development. She has consulted nationally on quality instruction and a focus on teaching and learning at all levels in the system.

In 2005, Kate and Jon Schnur, New Leaders for New Schools co-founder, co-authored, "Reforming the Principalship," a contribution to Frederick Hess' Urban School Reform: Lessons from San Diego.

Kate began her career in high school English Language Arts in Indianapolis where she twice received the ACE Award for excellence in teaching from the Indianapolis Star. Later, she taught English Language Arts & African American history and literature and held a leadership role at Humanities Preparatory Academy in New York City. As part of the inaugural cohort of New Leaders for New Schools, Kate became the first "New Leaders Principal" in New York City where she designed, launched and successfully led South Brooklyn Community High School, a model transfer school for over-aged-under-credited students which was later duplicated more than 15 times.

She holds a B.A. in Women's Studies from the University of Arizona and a M.A in Lanugage Education from Indiana University.

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