Background: Katrina Boone is a senior analyst with Bellwether Education Partners in the Policy and Thought Leadership practice area, focusing on issues related to evaluation and planning, evaluation capacity building, and data analysis. Currently, Katrina supports several education organizations as they seek to better tell the stories of their impact.
Beyond evaluation, Katrina’s interests include teacher pipelines and diversity, the history of education in America (particularly as it applies to communities furthest from opportunity), and the intersection of science, poverty, and education.
Prior to joining Bellwether in 2018, Katrina worked as the Director of Teacher Outreach at the Collaborative for Student Success, a national nonprofit working to improve public education through a commitment to high standards for all students. There she spearheaded a process for building the capacity of the organization and its teacher fellows for evaluation and continuous improvement. She also worked as a Teacher Leader on Special Assignment at the Kentucky Department of Education, engaging teachers in conversations about education policy and supporting schools as they designed and implemented teacher leadership plans. Katrina began her career by spending eight wonderful years as a high school English teacher in Kentucky, where she taught in urban, rural, and suburban schools. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Morehead State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky.
Experience at Bellwether: program evaluation, evaluation capacity-building, quantitative and qualitative analysis, survey research, data collection and analysis
Client segments served: nonprofit organizations, K-12 schools, charter management organizations, Native American education, foundations and grantees
Sample Clients: Native Indian Education Association, National Association for Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, InspireNOLA, Walton Family Foundation
Why I do this work: As a child of color living in poverty, the path to college and career was terrifyingly narrow. Luckily, I didn’t have to travel it alone. There were teachers, principals, and — behind the scenes — advocates and policymakers supporting me. They not only believed in a more equitable future but also worked hard to make it a reality in the present.
Luck is far too central to success in America, despite the fact that it is the antithesis of our country’s promise of equity. As a former teacher, as an advocate for fair education, and as a parent, I’m committed to changing the narrative of student success in our country.