My Experience

Education
  • Ed.D. - Educational Leadership through Andragogy and the Platinum Rule, University of the Cumberlands, 2016.

  • Ed.S. - School Administration, Eastern Kentucky University, 2019.

  • M.Ed. - Teacher Leadership, University of the Cumberlands, 2013.

  • B.M. - Music Education, Eastern Kentucky University, 2010.

Credentials
  • Professional Certificate for Teaching Music, All Grades

  • Endorsement for Teacher Leader, All Grades

  • Professional Certificate for Director of Pupil Personnel, Level II

  • Professional Certificate For Instructional Leadership Supervisor Of Instruction, Level II

  • Statement Of Eligibility For Provisional Certificate For Instructional Leadership-- Principal, All Grades, Level I

Work Experience
  • Courtney Consulting LLC. Education Consultant. 2012 - Present

  • Kentucky Department of Education. Policy Advisor. 2020 - Present

  • Kentucky Department of Education. Executive Staff Advisor. 2019-2020

  • Kentucky Department of Education, Program Consultant for CSI Schools, 2017 - 2019

  • Midway University, Executive Director of Admissions and Partnerships, 2016-2017

  • Bluegrass Center for Teacher Quality, Executive Director, 2013-2017

  • Mayfield Elementary, Madison County Public Schools, Music Educator, 2010-2014​

Awards and Fellowships
  • State Education Fellowship. Results for America. 2021-2022

  • Strategic Excellence and Achievement Award. Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner's Recognition. 2019

  • Lead Kentucky. A Kentucky fellowship for education leaders based on the NISL program. 2018-19

  • Kentucky Colonel Commission. Awarded by the Governor of Kentucky for noteworthy accomplishments and service to the commonwealth. 2013

  • Fellowship on the Future of the Teaching Profession. National fellowship examining the future of the teaching profession. 2013-14

  • National Cadre on LGBTQ Safety in Schools. A national cadre focusing on LGBTQ student safety. 2011-2013

 
Language Skills
  • English - Native First Language

  • Spanish - ILR 2

Research and Publications
Research interests include: school improvement, teacher quality, professional learning, research use in education, social/emotional learning.

  • Courtney, M. B. (2021). Exploratory Data Analysis in Schools: A Logic Model to Guide Implementation. International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership, 17(4), 14 pp. https://doi.org/10.22230/ijepl.2021v17n4a1041

  • Courtney, M.B. (2021). Monitoring School Improvement with Non-Academic Indicators. Paper presented at the Association of Education Finance and Policy Annual Conference. Online.

  • Courtney, M.B. (2020). Coaching for continuous improvement. The Rural Educator, 41 (2), 55-63. https://doi.org/10.35608/ruraled.v41i2.859

  • Courtney, M.B. (2020). An Exploration of School Improvement Priorities Issued by the Kentucky Department of Education. Poster presented at the Association of Education Finance and Policy Annual Conference. Fort Worth, TX.

  • ​Courtney, M.B. (2020). The Education Agency as Research Intermediary. Journal of Educational Issues 6(1).
  • Courtney, M. B. (2019). Recruiting for School Improvement: The Relationship Between Teacher-Centric School Quality Factors and School Improvement Designations in Kentucky. Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research 14(2).

  • Constantine, J., Fernald, J. Robinson, J., Courtney, M. B. (2019) Best Practices Guidebook: Supporting Students’ Self-Efficacy. Barbourville, KY. Bluegrass Center for Teacher Quality, Inc.

  • Courtney, M.B., Constantine, J., Trosper, J. (2017).  Best Practices Guidebook: Professional Learning Communities. Bluegrass Center for Teacher Quality.

  • Courtney, M.B. (2016). Teacher perceptions of the effectiveness of professional development delivery styles. (Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation). University of the Cumberlands.

  • TeachPlus, National Education Association. (2014). Rock the Union: An action plan to engage early career teachers and elevate the profession. Teach Plus.

  • Courtney, M.B. (2012). Writers Workshop for Elementary Music Classrooms. Bluegrass Music News, Winter 2012.

  • Courtney, M.B. (2010). Pedagogical techniques for the French horn. (Unpublished Honors Thesis). Eastern Kentucky University

Selected Conference Presentations
  • Courtney, M.B. (2021). Supporting Schools and Districts with Evidence-based Practices. Presented at the 2021 Making Schools Work Conference. Southern Regional Education Board.

  • Courtney, M.B. (2021). Exploratory Data Analysis as a School Improvement Activity. Presented at the 2021 Making Schools Work Conference. Southern Regional Education Board.

  • Courtney, M.B. (2021). Evidence-based Practices: A Logic Model for Supporting Schools and Districts. Presented at the National ESEA Association Conference.

  • Courtney, M.B. (2019). The Future of Data in Education. Keynote presented at CONNECT Indiana, Indianapolis, IN.

  • Courtney, M.B. (2019). Four Uses of Research in Decision Making. Workshop presented at CONNECT Indiana, Indianapolis, IN.

  • Courtney, M.B. (2019). Evidence-based Decision Making. Workshop presented at CONNECT Indiana, Indianapolis, IN.

  • Courtney, M.B. (2017). Lead like Mother Jones.  Workshop presented at NEA Leadership Summit, Orlando, FL.

  • Courtney, M.B. (2016). Talking to Youth about LGBTQ Issues. Workshop presented at Out in the Open, Lexington, KY.

  • Courtney, M.B. (2016). Engaging Adult Learners. Workshop presented at NEA Leadership Summit, Dallas, TX.

  • Courtney, M.B. (2016). Discovering your Leadership Values. Workshop presented at NEA Leadership Summit, Dallas, TX.

  • Courtney, M.B. (2016). Lessons in Educator Leadership. Workshop presented at NEA Leadership Summit, Dallas, TX.

  • Bellissimo, B., & Courtney, M.B. (2015). This Shouldn’t Be So Hard. Keynote presented at Innovate:Educate, Louisville, KY.

  • Courtney, M.B. (2015). Autism Supports World Café. Keynote presented at Building the Village, Lexington, KY.

  • Courtney, M.B. (2015). Self Efficacy for Business Leaders. Workshop presented to the staff of The Fund KY, Frankfort, KY.

  • Courtney, M.B. (2015). Leader in Me, Leader in You. Keynote presented at Southeastern Kentucky ECET Conference, Barbourville, KY.

  • Courtney, M.B. (2015). Engaging Adult Learners. Workshop presented at the KEA TALK Conference, Louisville, KY.

  • Zurzolo, A., & Courtney, M.B. (2015). Rock the Union: Rethinking America’s Teacher’s Union. Workshop presented at SXSWedu, Austin, TX.  

  • Courtney, M.B. (2015). Professional Learning: The path to a new professional identity.  Workshop presented at NEA Leadership Summit, Anaheim, CA.  

  • Courtney, M.B. (2015). Lessons in Educator Leadership. Workshop presented at NEA Leadership Summit, Anaheim, CA.

  • Courtney, M.B. (2015). Introduction to Adult Learning. Workshop presented at ECET2KY, Louisville, KY.