Areas of Expertise: writing and editing, program direction and management, education foresight
“I help people explore future possibilities for learning so that they can make more informed and more deliberate choices about the actions that they take today.”
One of the United States’ foremost educational futurists, Katherine leads KnowledgeWorks’ exploration of the future of learning. She speaks and writes about the trends shaping education over the next decade and helps education stakeholders strategize about how to become active agents of change in shaping the future.
Since 2007, Katherine has worked with education stakeholders around the country to apply insights from KnowledgeWorks’ forecasts on the future of learning to their own contexts. She facilitates conversations that challenge assumptions about how education functions today and encourages education stakeholders to create and pursue transformative visions for learning. Katherine also helps people imagine new possibilities and explore emerging issues by writing about the future of learning through comprehensive ten-year forecasts, scenario-based publications, strategy guides, blog posts, articles and experiential futures resources.
In other roles with KnowledgeWorks, Katherine led organizational development initiatives, contributed to national collaborations informed by the fields of systems thinking and organizational change and managed programs to foster teaching and professional learning innovations and encourage collaborative knowledge management among educators.
Before joining KnowledgeWorks in 2006, Katherine supported large-scale changes in working practice at Britain’s Open University by introducing an online portal and an online student feedback system for 7,500 tutors distributed across the United Kingdom. Prior to that, she managed customer satisfaction improvement projects and established a technical communications group at Pacific Consulting Group in California. In that capacity, she helped federal agencies and other clients increase service quality by incorporating a customer perspective into their organizational planning.
Katherine holds a bachelor’s in English from Ohio Wesleyan University, a master’s in English from the University of Iowa and an MBA from The Open University with emphases on creativity, innovation and change and on knowledge management. She also earned a certificate in Foresight from the University of Houston. Katherine is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists.