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
  • 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
  • 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 1+

Research and Publications

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

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.

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