Kristin Grayson, Ph.D., is an IDRA education associate. At Our Lady of the Lake University she earned her joint Ph.D.-MBA degree in leadership studies. She has written numerous articles concerning the education of English learners, culture, quality teaching and student engagement. She presented a scholarly paper, “Culture and Corruption Correlations: Perceived Corruption in Countries Using Hofstede’s and GLOBE Cultural Dimensions,” at the International Global Studies Conference in Brazil, July 2011. Dr. Grayson has a master’s degree in bilingual, ESL and multicultural education from the University of Central Oklahoma.
At IDRA, Dr. Grayson provides training and technical assistance to school districts, teachers and parents to improve student achievement particularly in the area of gender equity, race relations and English learners. She provides this assistance to current classroom teachers, pre-service teachers, and university professors preparing pre-service teachers. Teacher classroom leadership and student engagement are two of her areas of expertise. She co-developed the IDRA Engagement-Based Sheltered Instruction model of instruction that extends sheltered instruction practices to a level that focuses not only on teaching strategies but also student engagement responses and behaviors particularly within the areas of math and science.
Within her recent work through the South Central Collaborative for Equity (SCCE), Dr. Grayson assisted in the technical assistance and training for the OCR-mandated issues concerning disparate discipline and achievement rates in several school districts. She has worked with districts in Arkansas presenting on harassment and bullying and also has provided other districts professional development for working with ELs. In Oklahoma, her equity center work has recently included teacher assistance for student engagement and achievement at a majority African American elementary school and technical assistance to a school district as it reviewed and redesigned its services district-wide for ELs. In Texas and Louisiana, she has assisted university professors’ design coursework for new teachers that will be working with ELs. Previously, she provided SIOP teacher training in many states.
Prior to joining IDRA, Dr. Grayson worked as a resource specialist for Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, where she instructed 20 graduate students each year for their ESL endorsement in the state of Kansas. Instruction for this training was conducted online. She also served as the Title III/ESL link to the 20 member districts of the local educational service center in their implementation of programs, procedures and personnel for ELs.
As an area resource coordinator for the Oklahoma City Public Schools, Dr. Grayson assisted, designed and implemented language services to improve instruction ELs at 28 school sites (elementary, middle and high schools) of the school district.
In her 20 years of working in public schools, Dr. Grayson has been an ESL teacher, a Spanish translator and teacher, a language specialist, and a dual language program-grant coordinator, among other positions.
- Schools’ Duty to Educate English Learner Immigrant and Migrant Students, March 29, 2018
- How Using Restorative Practices Can Prevent Exclusionary Discipline Issues, January 31, 2018
- How Transformational Leaders Develop a Growth Mindset for Student Success, December 07, 2017
- Leadership for ESL Teacher Recruitment and Retention, December 07, 2017
- Backward Planning – How Assessment Impacts Teaching and Learning, August 10, 2017
- Data to Measure an Effective Instructional Context for Secondary Level Newcomers and English Learners, June 27, 2017
- Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse, High-Quality Teacher Workforce, April 30, 2017
- School Leadership Transforming Schools with Linguistically Diverse Student Populations, December 30, 2016
- Instruction for Secondary English Learners – Major Challenges, Solutions and Possibilities, October 25, 2016
- Positive School Climates and Diverse Populations, August 30, 2016
- Giving English Learners Access to Language and Curriculum in Rural Arkansas, January 28, 2016
- Quality Instruction for English Learners – Getting it Right in Writing!, September 22, 2015
- Meet Kristin Grayson, Ph.D. – IDRA Education Associate, September 22, 2015
- Federal Guidance on Schools’ Civil Rights Obligations for English Learners, May 26, 2015
- Dual Language Means Two – Reflections and Guidance for Teaching in Two Languages, September 25, 2014
- Teacher Leadership in Science in Schools with Diverse Students, June 16, 2014
- PTA Comunitario Growth Prospects in Oklahoma, March 19, 2014
- Serving Low-Income Students – Applying Research and IDRA’s Quality Schools Action Framework™, August 20, 2012
- Stellar Science Strategy – #1 Building on English Learners Proficiency for Effective Science Instruction, April 20, 2012
- Two-Way Dual Language Immersion Programs, April 20, 2012
- Harnessing the Power of Web 3.0 with IDRA’s OurSchool Data Portal, September 19, 2011
- An Unspoken Culture Clash – The Deeper Culprit of Teacher Beliefs, February 04, 2010
- Differentiating Science Instruction using Language Proficiency Standards, January 02, 2010
- Aligning School Based Factors for Student Success- Using Contextual Data to Inform Science Professional Development, September 22, 2009
- Defining Teaching Quality Beyond the Certificate, February 18, 2009
- Quality Curriculum and School Systems – Widening the Lens of Student Engagement, September 17, 2008
- Fourth Grade Slump and Math Achievement – Addressing the Challenge with Student Engagement, August 06, 2008
- Community Conversations about Math Learning and Teaching, January 10, 2008
- You Can Not Win if You Don’t Get to Play – Effectively Engaging All English Language Learners, March 06, 2007
- Unmasking Gender Bias – Observing Hidden Dimensions that Affect Student Achievement, September 13, 2006
- Strategies for Restorative Student Discipline – Podcast Episode 179, February 13, 2018
- English Learners and the New ESSA Law – Podcast Episode 163, May 10, 2016
- Civil Rights Update for English Learners – Podcast Episode 150, March 31, 2015
- The Role of Bilingual Ed and ESL in Our Schools – Podcast Episode 138, April 28, 2014
- Sylvia Mendez on Civil Rights in the 1940s and Today – Podcast Episode 123, May 20, 2013
- Building Levels of Leadership to Support ELL Success – Podcast Episode 121, March 28, 2013
- Advancing American Indian Education – Podcast Episode 101, February 13, 2012
- Science Success for English Learners – Podcast Episode 93, August 26, 2011
- Learning Content Learning English – Podcast Episode 78, September 30, 2010
- Reflective Teaching – Podcast Episode 61, November 13, 2009
- Fostering Student Engagement English Language Learners – Podcast Episode 19, August 29, 2007