Kathleen Ryan Jackson
Kathleen Ryan Jackson, EdD, is an implementation specialist with the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kathleen has extensive experience in organizational and system change in the field of education, early childhood, juvenile justice, residential schools, and community organizations. Currently, she provides intensive implementation-informed support for two state departments of education in the United States to align their state, regional, and Local Education Agencies in support of practitioners' effective use of practices with evidence. In response to the priorities of organizations from multiple sectors, she is forging partnerships for alignment of implementation and improvement sciences in complex organizations. Kathleen is the founder of the Western Implementation Society for Practice and Research. They aspire to advance practitioner knowledge and effective use of implementation science and practices as an affiliate of the Global Implementation Initiative.
Kathleen was drawn to the field of implementation science following her tenure in the field of educational leadership. Her work focused on access to equitable systems of support, culturally relevant curriculum, and the interaction between students' socio-behavioral and academic success. Kathleen was the outreach coordinator for the Northwest PBIS Network and coordinator for Oregon's EBISS initiative where she provided training and implementation-informed support through the use of the Active Implementation Frameworks. She is passionate regarding the importance of developing a collective commitment to continuous improvement, at all levels of the system with active leadership engagement, so policy will support and sustain effective practice. Kathleen received her Doctor of Education in Methodology, Policy, and Leadership; MS in Special Education; and BS in Psychology from the University of Oregon.