Kathleen Theodore, a senior TA consultant at AIR, currently serves as a project lead in the Southeast, Midwest, and Great Lakes Comprehensive Centers. Her primary responsibilities include providing high-quality capacity building services to state education agencies in order to sustain the use of evidence-based programs, practices, and interventions in various areas, such as early learning, literacy, and social and emotional learning. Dr. Theodore has over 14 years of experience with providing technical assistance. She leads and supports large-scale projects in early learning and literacy, multi-tiered systems of support, and social emotional learning to deliver tools, training, and other services to state, regional, and local education agencies, and to schools.
Dr. Theodore’s prior work includes supporting state education agencies with developing comprehensive literacy plans, writing professional development modules on literacy and intervention instruction, and implementing state literacy initiatives, such as Reading First, New Mexico Reads to Lead, and the Louisiana Ensuring Literacy for All and Adolescent Literacy Project. Theodore has worked intensively with states, districts, and schools to improve literacy outcomes by providing professional development and coaching on evidence-based reading instruction and interventions as well as using a multi-level prevention system to address the needs of all learners.
Previously, Dr. Theodore was a Regional Reading First Coordinator for the Louisiana Department of Education where she coordinated and conducted comprehensive regional and statewide literacy professional development to support district Reading First coordinators, school administrators, reading coaches, and teachers with implementing effective literacy instruction and intervention through a multi-tiered approach. Theodore has 24 years of previous work in the New Orleans Public Schools serving in various roles, such as classroom teacher, staff developer, and district reading facilitator.