Dr. Ken Simon

Deputy Director, Leadership Initiatives

Ken believes in the power of communities, families, students, and teachers working together to drive meaningful learning. He began his journey as a teacher in outdoor education and eventually became social studies classroom teacher. He has served as a teacher, curriculum/instruction leader, mentor, coach, district administrator and professional development provider for teachers and school leaders. Over the course of his career he has collaborated with other educators to lead the development of several new schools. He currently serve as the Deputy Director of Leadership Initiatives for IEL. He also holds a doctorate in Educational
Leadership and is a published writer on various education topics ranging from equity, teaching and learning, to leadership coaching. He also teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses and is currently teaching a graduate level course on collaborative leadership.

Areas of expertise: Youth Engagement/Leadership, Collaborative Leadership, Leadership Development and Capacity Building, Program Design/Implementation/Support, Youth Development, Professional Development for Educators

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