at the intersection of

practice, policy, research, and wellness

In my role with a consulting and advisory group exploring the field of digital learning, I look for respected and dependable professionals who are well-versed in the field who can base what they write in established and emerging research. Kathryn is definitely one of these people. I’ve worked with Kathryn since 2007. She is an entrepreneurial-minded education professional who is always looking at ways to improve upon processes and products as well as ways to expand opportunities to support the community at large and provide platforms for others to share their work and experiences.
— John Watson, Founder, Evergreen Education Group

I am passionate about working with schools and organizations to bring programs to a place where they can best meet the needs of their learners in a holistic way and am motivated to help them see how they can most meaningfully support their stakeholders. My work examines questions of policy, research, and practice using a problem of practice-based approach.

With over 15 years of experience in the fields of online and blended teaching and learning and emerging technologies in education and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction as well as a specialization in educational technology, I bring many experiences and contacts to our work together. 

One of the most respected scholars in the field, Kathryn’s dedication and commitment to her craft is second to none. Our collaborative work has won awards, including the Online Learning Innovator Award for Outstanding Research from iNACOL and the Qualitative Journal Article Award from the Division of Distance Learning of the AETC. Her ability to work collaboratively and across disciplines makes Kathryn a valuable contributor. She is able to leverage her vast network, both national and international, and she is incredibly resourceful, responsive, and never fails to come through - a tremendous asset to any project.
— Dr. Leanna Archambault, Associate Professor, Arizona State University

I own and operate an education consulting firm -- Kathryn Kennedy Consulting -- offering research and contract services, dedicated to helping organizations and stakeholders as they navigate the changing landscape of the field of education.

In the past, I served as the Director of the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, the research arm of Michigan Virtual, where I worked with a team of researchers and writers on multiple state-legislated research projects focused on policy and practice in K-12 online and blended learning.  I also formerly served as the Director of Research for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), adjunct professor and advisor for the Ed.D. program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, and assistant professor of instructional technology at Georgia Southern University. My practical experiences and research interests include educator professional development for technology integration and instructional design in traditional, blended, and online learning environments. I previously chaired the K-12 Online Learning SIG for the Society for Information Technology and Teaching Education (SITE). I am one of the founding Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Online Learning Research, a peer-reviewed, international, open source journal published by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). I am also one of the founding Editors of the Handbook of Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning, an open source handbook published by Carnegie Mellon's ETC Press. I serve on the Advisory Council for the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning.

As we well know, society continues to throw schools and organizations curve balls, forcing stakeholders to create a dynamic and flexible mindset that is open to change -- which is our only constant. Together, we can be the change! I'd love the opportunity to work with you and your school/program/organization.

In addition to my love for education is my love for self-care. I was introduced to yoga by her sister at the age of seven but started to pursue the art more seriously in 1996. Yoga and meditation have been — and continue to be — places of refuge, solace, peace, self inquiry, reflection, and exploration for me. I pursued yoga teacher training in order to share this transformative practice with others and to live a life focused on more holistic, health, and wellness-centered approaches to living, being, and serving others. I completed my 500-hr Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) with Aiyana Athenian & Krishna Peter Perry of ShivaShakti School of Yoga & Healing Arts, which includes but is not limited to ayurveda, Yoga Nidra, pranayama, meditation, mantra, Bhakti, asana, chakras, alignment, modifications, applied anatomy and physiology. In addition to ShivaShakti, I have certifications in Kundalini Yoga (KRI-certified Level 1 with Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa, Ajeet Kaur Khalsa, & Gurucharan Singh Khalsa), Restorative Yoga (Margo Rosingana), and Yin Yoga & Mindfulness (Sagel Urlacher). I have combined education and self-care strategies to form Wellness for Educators, which is in the works.

I don’t know anyone more connected with researchers, practitioners, and other stakeholders in K-12 online and blended learning than Kathryn. I first met Kathryn when I was a new scholar. She took an interest in my work and began providing me various opportunities to serve the field. Over the last five years, Kathryn has had a huge impact on my career, and I have seen many scholars benefit from their association with her. Her network combined with her personal expertise makes her especially qualified to address complex issues. To those interested in improving online and blended learning, I highly recommend working with Kathryn.
— Dr. Jered Borup, Assistant Professor, George Mason University

I’m grateful for the opportunity to partner with innovative and forward-thinking schools, programs, and organizations. Listed below are some examples of clients with whom I’ve worked, the type of work I do, and the skills and qualifications I bring to my work. A collection of projects I’ve worked on can be found under Projects. You can also explore projects specifically by category: Research, Professional Learning, Standards, and Website & Course Design.

I'm open to other possibilities not listed, so never hesitate to ask if there's something I can help you with. You can also find out more about my work on the CV page. If you're interested in working together, please email me at I look forward to working with you!

Kathryn has been a respected colleague of mine for many years. She is knowledgeable, passionate, and organized. Beyond that she makes the work more enjoyable so I always look forward to working with Kathryn on any project.
— Matthew Wicks, Vice President of Efficacy & Research, Pearson Online & Blended Learning
Kathryn is a powerhouse when it comes to K-12 online and blended research. Her knowledge and network are at the top of the research community. Her varied work experiences and the projects she has led are both expansive and eclectic. It has been my privilege to work alongside her for the past five years. I assume if you’ve reached this page, you are considering Kathryn for a work opportunity. It’s a no-brainer; Kathryn is on the A-Team. So if you have a problem . . . if no one else can help . . . and if you can find her . . . you should hire Kathryn.
— Dr. Joseph R. Freidhoff, Vice President, Michigan Virtual

Types of Clients

  • State Education Agencies

  • Regional Education Agencies

  • Education Ministries

  • Education ThinkTanks

  • Research Institutes and Agencies

  • PreK - 12/Primary/Secondary Schools (online, blended, traditional, charter, etc)

  • Education Professionals (teachers, administrators, mentors, librarians, support staff)

  • Post-Secondary Schools/Colleges/Universities

  • Faculty

  • Product-driven Firms

  • Non-profit Organizations

  • For-profit Organizations

  • Policy Makers

  • Professional Organizations

Types of Work

  • Original Research

  • Writing Reports

  • Case Study Work

  • Subject Matter Expert

  • Instructional Design

  • Curriculum Design

  • Content Miner/Aggregator

  • Project Manager

  • Program Evaluation

  • Grant Writing

  • Connector/Networking

  • Providing Guidance Programs

  • Problems of Practice/Systemic Issues

  • Faculty Trainer

  • Consulting

  • Mindful Meditation & Yoga

  • Pranayama (Breath Work for Mental Clarity)

  • Body, Mind, Spirit Holistic Work

  • Stress Relieving Strategies

Skills & Qualifications

  • Attentive to details

  • Oriented toward service

  • Good at planning and organizing

  • Empathetic and sociable

  • Skilled in identifying problems and brainstorming potential solutions

  • Excellent at written and oral communication as well as presentation

  • Comfortable working independently and collaboratively with other team members

  • Careful about documentation and note-taking

  • Able to meet deadlines

  • Interested in traveling and working in a diverse range of environments

  • Qualified with a Ph.D. degree in curriculum and instruction

  • Extensive yoga, meditation, breath work, stress relief training - visit Winterbloom Farm Botanical & Healing Arts for more information

  • Visit CV page for more information

Organizations I

Work With