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Kathryn Fishman-Weaver

Director of Academic Affairs and Engagement, Mizzou K–12

Kathryn has a group of exceptional public school students from Oakland, California, to thank for teaching her how to be a teacher. These lessons have informed her work in special education, gifted education, language arts, and school administration.

Kathryn writes and presents frequently on student support, leadership, and differentiated approaches to learning. She is the author of three books: Wholehearted Teaching of Gifted Young Women: Cultivating Courage, Connection, and Self-Care in Schools (2018), When Your Child Learns Differently: A Family Approach for Navigating Special Education Services With Love and High Expectations (2019), and Brain-Based Learning With Gifted Students (2020).

Kathryn currently serves as the Interim Executive Director of Mizzou Academy, a global school system housed in the University of Missouri’s College of Education. In addition to serving as a school administrator, she also coordinates teacher education courses on community-engaged learning and culturally responsive teaching.

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