Kim Marshall bio

Kim Marshall began his career in 1969 teaching sixth graders in a Boston middle school. He used "learning stations" with some success, wrote curriculum materials for his students, gave workshops for teachers in the Boston area, and began to write articles on classroom and school innovation (see the tail end of the Kim Publications list to the left).

During Boston's desegregation crisis in the mid-1970's, Kim became increasingly involved in schoolwide change efforts, delved into the new research on effective urban schools, and eventually went to graduate school for a year to prepare to become a principal.

But a 1980 Massachusetts tax-cutting referendum closed 27 Boston schools, and Kim found himself in the district's central office, first as a policy advisor and speechwriter for Superintendent Robert Spillane, then leading a team that wrote new curriculum objectives for the district, and finally serving as director of curriculum and then of planning.

In 1987, Kim finally got his wish and was made a principal. As leader of the Mather Elementary School for the next 15 years, Kim and his colleagues brought about significant improvements in student achievement, teacher effectiveness, and the quality of the curriculum. The school also had a gala celebration of its 350th anniversary - the Mather, established in 1639, is the oldest elementary school in the nation.

Kim now works with New Leaders (www.newleaders.org), a non-profit that recruits, trains, and supports urban school leaders, coaching principals in New York City. He also gives workshops and courses to aspiring and practicing school leaders around the country, with a special focus on teacher supervision and evaluation, time management, curriculum unit design, differentiation, and effective use of during-the-year student assessments.

Kim and his wife, Rhoda Schneider, have two children - a daughter teaching humanities in a Boston secondary school and a son teaching high-school history in Seattle.