NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) July 11, 2012
Knowledge Delivery Systems, Inc. (KDS), a leading provider of online strategic professional development solutions for teachers, schools and districts, announced today that Dr. Kimberly J. Bates has joined the company as Vice President of Strategic Implementation.
Dr. Bates will lead KDS’s long-term professional development projects with major school districts. Reporting to the COO, Daniel C. Watts, she will work closely with districts to design and implement strategic professional development solutions tailored to their specific needs. Dr. Bates will oversee program planning and onsite blended-model deployments, with the goal of attaining measureable impact on teacher practice and improving student achievement.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Bates as part of our team,” says Daniel C. Watts. “Dr. Bates’ experience as an educator and business executive is an ideal background for understanding districts’ unique needs and objectives and then formulating and implementing tailored professional development solutions.”
Dr. Kimberly J. Bates comes to KDS with over 21 years of experience in professional development, public school administration, curriculum and instruction. She began her career as a teacher in Camden and Montclair, New Jersey. Dr. Bates spent 13 years in the private sector working at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company (HMH), as a Regional Product Manager, Director of Professional Development and National Reading Specialist working with national and international lead researchers and authors in education. Most recently, she was Senior Director, Solutions Strategist creating long term solution and implementation strategies for major accounts.
Dr. Bates has presented at numerous national conferences for educators including: International Reading Association (IRA), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), National Association for the Education Young Children (NAEYC), and National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE). She helped to organize and establish the Washington DC based non-profit organization Advocates for Justice and Education and sits on the board for Greater Expectations Teaching and Advocacy Center for Childhood Disabilities, Inc. Dr. Bates is currently working on her own Urban Initiative called The Potter’s Little Masterpieces Academy, Inc. and is the Chief Academic Officer and Founder of her own consulting firm called The Potter’s Masterpieces Consulting Group offering educational consulting services to teacher PreK-12 on the mainland and the Caribbean.
Dr. Bates received a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Rutgers University, an M.A. in Administration and Supervision from Montclair State University, and her Ed.D. from California Coast University, Santa Ana.
“Dr. Bates has experience at the highest levels of education and a proven track record in developing quality, results-oriented instruction in the classroom. Kimberly understands the importance of providing teachers with necessary tools and knowledge to improve their practice so students can succeed. She will leverage her expertise and passion for professional development to increase achievement throughout the educational community. Her contributions to KDS will be invaluable,” says Alvin H. Crawford, Jr., CEO.
About Knowledge Delivery Systems
KDS creates and delivers online and blended-model strategic professional development solutions to teachers, schools and districts. KDS’s award-winning technology platform enables schools and districts to optimize their instructional practice with customized programs tailored to their specific goals and to engage collaboratively in virtual learning communities. KDS’s diverse library of research-based and relevant courses, given by experts in the field, impart key strategies, tools and knowledge to enrich and improve the educational experience.