Dr. Kathryn Kennedy
Kathryn is 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 is motivated to help them see how they can most meaningfully support their stakeholders. Her 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, she brings many experiences and contacts to her work.
She currently serves as Director of the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI), the research arm of Michigan Virtual, and as an adjunct professor and advisor in the Ed.D. program at Johns Hopkins University School of Education. She also provides consulting services and contracting work via Kathryn Kennedy Consulting. She formerly served as the Director of Research for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and as a professor of instructional technology at Georgia Southern University. She previously chaired the K-12 Online Learning SIG for the Society for Information Technology and Teaching Education (SITE). She is one of the founding Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Online Learning Research, a peer-reviewed, international, open access journal published by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). She is also one of the founding Editors of the Handbook of Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning, an open access handbook published by Carnegie Mellon's ETC Press. She serves on the Advisory Council for the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning.
In her personal life, Kathryn lives in Maine with her husband and their four fur babies (Piper, a mini labradoodle, and three cats - Charlie, Roland, and Oliver). Together, Kathryn and her husband co-founded Winterbloom Farm Botanical and Healing Arts, over thirty-five acres of fields and woodland alongside the Eastern River in Dresden Mills, Maine. They founded the farm with the intention of creating a space of refuge and learning, where visitors can learn about farming, herbalism, meaningful teaching and learning, yoga, and Qigong. Kathryn is dedicated to offering guidance on meaningful teaching and learning as well as yoga. Yoga (Kundalini, Yoga Nidra, Yin, Hatha, Restorative, Yoga Therapy) and meditation have been — and continue to be — places of solace, peace, self inquiry, reflection, and exploration for her. Kathryn pursued yoga teacher training in order to share this transformative practice with others. Kathryn and Curtis met around the same time as they both were beginning to shift away from their academic careers to focus on more holistic, health, and wellness-centered approaches to living, being, and serving others. Together, they love building community.