My name is Kathryn P. Chapman and I am currently a postdoctoral scholar with the Department of Educational Leadership Studies, within the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. I completed my Ph.D. in Educational Policy & Evaluation from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University in June 2019. I am a scholar of educational policy, early childhood education, and educational leadership. My research agenda focuses on financial investment in early childhood programs and policies and the inequalities within the systems of care and education in the United States.
Originally from Wisconsin, I graduated from Arizona State University in 2005 with a B.A.E. in Early Childhood Education. I began my career in education as a kindergarten and English as a Second Language teacher in northern Virginia. After teaching in Virginia, working for the Obama for America campaign across the United States, teaching kindergarten in Wisconsin, and working at the U.S. Department of Education, I obtained a Master of Curriculum & Instruction degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. I returned to teach kindergarten in Arizona once more before beginning my Ph.D. program.
I am fluent in the practices, policies, and research of early childhood education. Before pursuing my Ph.D., I was an early childhood (i.e., children from birth to four years of age) and kindergarten teacher and a Confidential Assistant at the U.S. Department of Education with the Early Learning Team. These experiences, in combination with my doctoral studies and my current role as a postdoctoral scholar, position me to successfully produce effective and relevant research and translate research findings for policymakers, educational leaders, and practitioners.
I conducted a comparative case study examining three U.S. philanthropic foundations to understand how and why they have supported U.S. early childhood (i.e. birth through age-four) programs, policies, and research from 2005 through 2018, and what prompted their decisions to invest in early childhood initiatives alongside of K-12 education.
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I am currently working with colleagues on multiple research projects. These projects have broad connections to education policy, teacher quality and tenure, and the standardized assessment opt-out movement in the United States.
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I have nine total years of teaching experience, ranging from pre-kindergarten to university and including face-to-face and online delivery modes. At the university level, I taught, co-taught, or assisted in the teaching of multiple courses at both the University of Wisconsin - Madison and Arizona State University. Throughout these teaching experiences, I created or assisted in creating the course syllabi, designed activities, graded assignments, and held one-on-one conferences and office hours with students.
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