2017-18 Meeting Speakers

Meet our 2018 Zonta Foothills Club Woman of Achievement

Thursday, March 8th 2018. 11:30-1:00 pm

Katherine Schultz, Dean of the School of Education on the CU Boulder campus. (Photo by Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado)

Dr. Kathy Schultz 

Dean and Professor of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education

Each year, to commemorate International Women’s Day and Zonta Rose Day,  our Club recognizes a woman in our community for her work  advancing the status of women. Our members to select a women whose accomplishments most exemplify our club’s mission  “to advance the status of women and girls worldwide through service and advocacy, creating a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman can achieve her full potential.”

This year we are honored to name Dr. Kathy Schultz, Dean and Professor of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education as our 2018 Zonta Foothills Club Women of Achievement. Prior to this appointment at CU, Kathy was Dean of the School of Education at Mills College in Oakland, California from 2010-2016. She served as professor and director of the teacher education program at the University of Pennsylvania from 1997-2010 where she founded and directed the Center for Collaborative Research and Practice in Teacher Education. During that time, she was the faculty director of the Philadelphia Writing Project and served on the Empowerment Board (School Board) of the Chester Upland School District.

Her scholarly work has focused on the research, development, and dissemination of practices that support new and veteran teachers working with marginalized populations in high poverty areas. Her two recent books, Listening: A framework for teaching across differences and Rethinking classroom participation: Listening to silent voices address these issues. She is currently working on a book on the role of distrust in educational reform that draws on her work in Oakland and as a school board member and leader of professional development in international settings.

Since coming to Boulder, one of her areas of focus has been to work with the faculty to develop place-based partnerships including student teaching, professional development, research, policy, and community-engaged projects in three areas: Northeast Colorado, Lafayette (in Boulder County), and the Five Points area of Denver. She has been particularly interested in working closely with colleagues in Northeast Colorado to develop recruitment and retention strategies for rural teachers as a way to address the teacher shortage in that area and across rural communities in Colorado.


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