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Kelley King

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Kelley King is a twenty-five year veteran educator, international speaker, author, and mother. Kelley is currently the Associate Director and a Master Trainer at the Gurian Institute. She travels widely to deliver keynotes, teacher workshops, and consultations to educators and parents. She also develops and facilitates cutting-edge training curricula for online teacher education. Previously, Kelley has worked in various roles within elementary, middle, and high school levels, including positions in regular education, special education, and gifted and talented programs. Kelley has served schools with diverse racial, linguistic, and socioeconomic student populations as well as schools ranging from rural, one-room schoolhouses to large suburban schools. As a school administrator, Kelley led her staff to close the gender gap in reading and writing within one year, gaining national media attention. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, National Public Radio, National Health Journal, Newsweek magazine, and Educational Leadership. She has co-authored (with Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens) two previous books in the education field: Strategies for Teaching Boys and Girls: Elementary Level and Strategies for Teaching Boys and Girls: Secondary Level.

Kelley's EdWeek Chat: Strategies for Addressing School Gender Gaps

Watch Kelley's Today Show Segment


  • Raising Achievement for Boys
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Science of Gender Differences and Brain-Based Strategies for “Gender Friendly” Teaching



  • Writing the Playbook: A Game Plan for a Boy-Friendly School: This seminar provides educators with a step-by-step plan for increasing boys' achievement and reducing discipline problems. If you have academic achievement gaps or higher rates of discipline or special education referral rates for boys, it is time to understand the root causes and take action. This seminar is simultaneously heartwarming, humorous and hard-hitting, as participants learn the very nature of boys and are empowered to take immediate action to re-engage those boys that we are being lost to under-achievement and apathy.

What People are Saying

“Relevant research and real world ideas and connections to use in my classroom—as well as at home with my own two children. This was the best workshop/training I’ve been to in twenty years!”

- 3rd Grade Teacher, St. Louis MO

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  • Visible Learning+ Foundation Series
  • Visible Learning+ Impact Series