Superintendent / Speaker and Dynamic Service Learning Leadership / School Narratives and Development
Dr. Kelly Gillespie is solution-focused. With 20 years of experience, Kelly’s life models the question, “Always ask – What more can I do?”. She is dedicated to the ‘future-readiness’ of those she serves.
Kelly grew up on a dairy farm and has lived her entire life in the great state of Kansas. Family, hard work, and participation in extracurricular activities at school and in the community were the foundational elements of her childhood. She explains, “Core values that still drive my life are:
- Quality of work matters.
- Perseverance reaps rewards.
- It all starts at home–say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. Offer your arm to the elderly. Make a difference in someone’s life every day.
“My entire life I have been passionate about learning! I want to grow and learn and move quickly each and every day..even if that means I make mistakes (many of them!) along the way. I believe we need to squeeze every ounce we can out of this life and strive to positively impact people: students, parents, board members, teachers, administrators, and others.” Starting with her first job as a classroom teacher, Kelly has been in education for over 30 years including time as a special education teacher, gifted facilitator, university adjunct professor, and high school principal. For the last two decades, she has enjoyed serving as an educational consultant and now CEO of a vibrant consulting firm known for it’s high quality service and innovation. Kelly is active on the national conference circuit, has authored her first book, published numerous articles, and was recently named recipient of the prestigious E. Robert Stephens Award for her research on digital observation. Kelly’s expertise and passion lie in: *solution-focused leadership, *support for excellent teaching, and *future-readiness of her clients. Her forte is listening, building relationships, and collaborating to design solutions, while maximizing team talent. Across her wealth of experience, Kelly explains that certainty lies only in the fact that she must continually grow as a professional. She explains, “Growth means taking calculated risks. Growth means being comfortable with change and uncertainty. Growth even means flaunting your mistakes like a champ! Growth is equivalent to breathing; it is a given.”
“Whenever you don’t know quite what you’re doing, know you are growing.” -Madeline Hunter
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What single element has the most impact on student success and future-readiness? Quality of teaching.
Knowing this, Kelly developed a powerful solution to guarantee continuous delivery of excellent instruction. Read about it in her new book #eWalkThrough® Digital System for Instructional Leadership.
The eWalkThrough® is web-based, collects real-time data, and delivers immediate feedback. With the eWalkThrough® system, building principals and instructional leaders are in classrooms observing teachers. They can now identify areas in which teachers need support and then provide that support–differentiated, individualized, and robust. The result? Instructional improvement.
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#eWalkThrough® Digital System for Instructional Leadership
In one package, leaders will be ready to:
nurture self reflection,
engage collaborative dialogue, and
drive differentiated professional learning.
Customized. Comprehensive, Fast and user-friendly. Experience Instructional Leadership at it’s best. This web-based system supports real-time observation and provides immediate feedback. Finally! A solution to ensure continuous improvement of teaching and to maximize student success.
Lasting Leadership is solution focused. Lasting leaders take calculated risks and are decisive and accountable, yet flexible. Lasting leaders listen twice as much as they speak.
Do you need time to reflect on your leadership style?
Is shared leadership across your team a vision poised to become reality?
Is your team ready to build a powerful, results-based infrastructure?
Specialized programs are available for educational leaders, business and private sector leaders, and women in leadership.
Leveraging Growth Through Coaching
“Dancers use mirrors. Athletes use video footage. What do teachers use?” –Bruce Wellman
Quality of teaching is the number one factor affecting student learning. Professional conversations are the number one factor affecting instructional quality.
Learn to structure conversations and coaching that will engage self-reflection.
Nurture collaborative dialogue for continuous improvement.
Bridge the gap between what people know and what they ultimately need to know in order to leverage professional growth.
There is power in mentoring and coaching. The key is to unleash that power.
Excellent Teaching: Find your Sweet Spot
Student success is the target. The point is excellent teaching for increased student learning. The solution is simple – clear and consistent delivery of time-tested, best practice fundamentals.
Clarity generates confidence, and confidence generates consistent delivery of high-quality instruction. Make the necessary adjustments. Adjust your swing. Find your ‘sweet spot’!
Kids in Poverty Deserve Success, Too!
Studies of risk and resilience in children have shown that income correlates with a sense of alienation in school. It’s time to:
deepen staff understanding of poverty,
change the school culture from frustration to empathy and action, and
consider adjustments in the learning environment that will support kids, including those living in poverty.
The vibrancy of diversity is found in differences, not sameness. Allow variance of family income to infuse energy, not friction, into the teaching and learning equation. Adopt the mantra, “Student Success for All!”
Watch Me Grow! The Power of Feedback
Feedback is powerful. Everybody needs feedback. So what about teachers?
Get set to transform the delivery of teaching and learning with a powerful, observation-feedback process.
Discover how to design actionable feedback that will make a difference in preparing future-ready students.
The result? A collaborative culture in which feedback is valued, even sought out! Watch me grow! Make it a reality for your team.
What Others Are Saying
We were discussing experiences from Southwest Plains. My response: ‘Yes! We’ve been Kelly’d. So Kelly is a verb now.”
-Dr. Russell Miller, Assistant Superintendent, USD 373 Newton, Newton KS
“There are few as visionary as Dr. Gillespie. She has a mindset of continuous improvement.”
-Dr. Randy Watson, Commissioner of Education, State of Kansas
“I have watched Kelly orchestrate innovative solutions and win the hearts and minds of those she serves. She’s a dynamo!”
-Dr. Tonnie Martinez, National Origins Coordinator, Kansas State University
“Dr. Kelly Gillespie is a dynamic resource for the school improvement initiatives in our school district. Her technical expertise, as well as her commitment to teachers and students, result in powerful changes in the way teachers teach and students learn.”
-Alan Cunningham, Superintendent, USD 443 Dodge City, Dodge City KS
“During my time as Commissioner of Education for the State of Kansas, I sought the advice and guidance of Dr. Kelly Gillespie on many occasions. Dr. Gillespie’s commitment to education is obvious in all that she does. The services provided by SWPRSC are cutting edge, yet grounded in the values and expectations Kansans have set for education. Dr. Gillespie is a strong and passionate advocate for education.”
-Dr. Diane DeBacker, former Commissioner of Education, State of Kansas
“”…Her expertise, engaging style, and tailored presentations to the district’s needs leaves participants inspired and challenged to implement the latest researched components knowing Kelly is only an email away for support. Kelly’s tireless dedication and individual commitment to education and kids is evident as she becomes a team player with participants during every presentation.”
-Judy Beedles-Miller, former Assistant Superintendent, USD 443 Dodge City, Dodge City KS
This has the full list of Kelly’s latest gigs: http://www.kellygillespie.org/in-the-news.html.