Founder of UnboundED
Kate Gerson is a powerful advocate for equity in American schools. Over the course of 25 years as a student of high-quality classroom instruction, racial equity, and education leadership, Kate has emerged as a thought leader widely respected for her ability to translate research into action steps and data into comprehendable truths. She led the project to build EngageNY, the first K-12 ELA and math curriculum aligned with high standards and the first to be published as open educational resources (OER). She also founded and led the impactful organization UnboundED which has codified the practices needed for rigorous instruction as well as the learning educators must do in order to deliver it to every child. She has hosted thousands of educators at large scale learning institutes and provided a model for the kind of granular, detailed thinking needed for instructional change. Kate’s years of experience working in schools, school systems, and the non-profit sector informed her passionate perspective on adult responsibility and the learning required in all roles if all students are to be provided with an education that prepares them for college, career, and the life they imagine for themselves. Read More >
In a world so divided around different pedagogical movements and platforms, it is easy to lose sight of our own definition of excellence or rigor in education. Kate will talk to you about your instructional priorities and help enhance everyone’s thinking around the what and how of teaching. She creates safe spaces for educators to check in about their expectations for students and ask themselves whether the environment they provide is sophisticated, challenging and globally competitive for each child.
It is rare to attend a conference or even a meeting where concerns with “equity” are not raised. This is an exciting and daunting time in which our own role or way forward may be unsure. Kate provides a path into that difficult conversation we all want to have even when we are unsure of how to start or continue. Kate is able to fluidly customize this presentation for communities who are just getting started or for those who are further along on their equity journey.
What does anti-racism mean for educators or policy makers who have varying degrees of power in a system and know that they want to cause a better world. In this unique presentation, Kate explores what it takes to build a community purposefully focused on equity who are increasingly able to ground their actions and attention in the details of teaching and learning. She readily handles the difficult questions and conversations that come with this hard work, modeling a way forward for all of us.
For educators seeking to take their “good” schools to “great,” Kate provides concrete pathways for you to move forward with your culture, classrooms, and outcomes. If you are working through new challenges such as changing student populations, changing budgets, or new standards, Kate helps audiences sift through priorities, options, and goals in order to provide classrooms that are alive places thriving with discourse, analysis, and collaboration. As an experienced educator herself and the daughter, stepdaughter, and granddaughter of teachers, she brings a grounded point of view to the real-world challenges we face while aspiring to develop the next generation of learned American citizens.
“Kate is a moving speaker. She has the ability to speak the brutal truths about race, gender, and inequity in a way that is at once vulnerable and direct. Each time I have heard her speak I have been compelled to confront my own privilege and deeply reflect on how to become a better ally.”
“Kate has a way of making her audience just uncomfortable enough that they become willing to learn and or change their practice immediately regardless of their context or politics. Her balance of wit, humor, and humility while focusing on challenging topics full of essential research and data, with relentless urgency demands her audience’s attention and engagement.”
“Kate has a remarkably unique, efficient, and substantive way of vetting to the heart of the matter when it comes to educating our children – all of our children. Her focus on equity, research informed instruction, the necessity of deeply learned content, and high expectations for all students is something that every educator – rural, suburban, and urban awake need to hear.”
“Kate has the unflinching presence and confidence to confront the truth of sensitive topics we shy away from in education. Her talk disrupts paradigms and shifted my practice as an educator.”