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Dr. Kendra Coates    

Education Leader Passionate About Accessing Our Unlimited Potential; Adjunct Professor at OSU-Cascades; Author

Dr. Kendra Coates is an award winning education leader passionate about celebrating our unlimited potential (UP) and human-centered teaching and learning. In her twenty years of teaching and leadership, she has taught all ages, from preschool to professionals across a variety of settings including early childhood, after school, abroad, AmeriCorps, special education and intervention, PreK-12 leadership, and higher education.

She is the author of Growing Early Mindsets (GEM) a literacy-based teaching and learning framework and curriculum from Mindset Works, the global leader in growth mindset and The Girls’ Guide to Growth Mindset: A Can-Do Approach to Building Confidence, Courage, and Grit.

Kendra currently serves as Director of Mindset and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for Central Oregon, a role she designed and evolved from her role as Regional Director of P-3rd Education, a role she also created and designed.

In addition, she is a certified professional coach and mindfulness facilitator, adjunct professor, and guest lecturer/speaker. She holds a B.A in Political Science, a M.A.T in Special Education, a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, a D.Ed. in Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership and educational licenses in literacy, PreK–12 special education, early childhood and elementary education, and school administration in the state of Oregon.

Kendra shares the power of neuroscience, growth mindset, social and emotional learning (SEL), and mindfulness wherever she goes. She’s learning all the time through her experiences as a learner, mom, educator, author, coach, speaker, leader, and entrepreneur.

She lives in Bend, Oregon with her two children.

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