Kerry Decker is an Achievement Coach at Urban Assembly where she coaches leaders and teachers throughout New York City in implementing the Learning Cultures school-wide reform model.
currently the principal of Gegan Elementary School in Wisconsin. From 2004 to 2010, Kerry was the principal of the Jacob Riis School, a public Pre-k to 8 school in the Lower East Side of Manhattan where the Learning Cultures curriculum was piloted.
Kerry graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with majors in English and Spanish in 1994, and then attended National Louis University in Chicago where she received a MA in teaching in 1996. Kerry started her teaching career in Villa Park, Illinois, where she was a middle school teacher before moving to the Middle East to teach at the American School of Kuwait, a State Department School.
After four years abroad, Kerry moved to New York City in 2001 to attend Teachers College, Columbia University, graduating in 2002 with an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. She worked as an Assistant Principal at Middle School 51 in Park Slope, Brooklyn, before taking the helm at the Jacob Riis School in June 2004 and took initiative to see the Learning Cultures model implemented for the first time on a school-wide basis from 2007 until her departure in 2010. In 2010 Kerry moved to Wisconsin where she was the principal of the Gergen Elementary School. In 2012 she returned to New York in order to again become more closely involved with the Learning Cultures movement.
You can read Kerry’s posts and comments on the Learning Cultures Forum under the name, “Kdeck.”
What is Learning Cultures?
Leadership for change
Evaluation and Accountability
Professional Development and Teacher Expertise
Social and Emotional Development
Narrowing the Achievement Gap