Doctorate (Ed.D.), University of Pennsylvania
Areas of Focus:
Educational leadership thinking and practice, teacher and school leader education and professional development, issues of social identity
Kathy J. Rho, Ed.D., is a visiting lecturer in the Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program and also currently serves as the assistant director of an executive-style doctoral program in educational leadership at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She began her career in education teaching high school science. In the years since, she has worked with a number of initiatives focused on alternative education, afterschool programming, and culturally responsive pedagogy in addition to curriculum design and professional development for teachers and system-level leaders working with youth in the juvenile justice system and institutionalized care. She has also enjoyed mentoring teachers working in a diverse and wide range of educational contexts and at varying stages of their careers.
Kathy’s current research focuses on the influence of social identities on school leadership thinking and practice and on reflective practice, more generally, at the individual and organizational level in relation to educational reform. She is also interested and has knowledge in teacher and leader education and development, school and community collaborations, youth and family social and health service access and education, and issues involving Asian and Asian American youth. She holds educator licensures in both Texas and Massachusetts and received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, her Ed.M. in Risk and Prevention from Harvard University, and her B.A. in Biological Studies from Smith College.