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Donna Kiel

Donna Kiel brings her extensive experience as a principal, assistant principal, curriculum director, and counselor to the classes she teaches. As principal, Kiel led the implementation of the first one-to-one laptop program providing laptops for all students as a cornerstone of educational justice and equity for students in underserved communities. She also led her school to be named by US News and World Report as a Bronze Medalist for excellence. As assistant principal, Kiel founded Catholic Schools Opposing Racism (COR). Kiel’s commitment to​ racial equity and social justice permeates all her work.

Kiel is passionate about supporting school leaders with the skills of transformational leadership and supporting leaders in creating school cultures grounded in social justice, empathy, equity, inclusion, and innovation.

  • EdD in Educational Leadership, Northcentral University
  • MA in Curriculum and Instruction, Concordia University
  • School Counseling Endorsement, Concordia University
  • Type 75 Educational Supervisory and Administrative Certification, DePaul University
  • BA in Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Courses Taught
  • A&S 491 Effective Leadership of Schools
  • A&S 492 The Principalship
  • A&S 493 Data-Driven Decision Making
  • A&S 498 Instructional Supervision and Support
  • A&S 499 Planning for Professional Development
  • A&S 673: History, Philosophy of the International Baccalaureate
  • A&S 608: Capstone in Educational Leadership
  • A&S 801 Leadership Theory and Practice
  • International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate

Research Interests
Neuroscience of leadership, educator emotional well-being, global educational leadership, innovative and transformational leadership, equity and racial justice in leadership and education ​