Barbara  Kohm Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Barbara Kohm

Educational Consultant
Santa Fe Center for Transformational School Leadership

Barbara Kohm is a veteran principal, consultant, and mentoring coach. She works with school leaders to avoid easy recipes and develop the deeper thinking skills that transformational leadership requires.

Subjects: Education


Author Biography
Barbara Kohm has served as an early childhood program director, elementary school 
principal, consultant, mentor, and author. She is the co-founder of the Clayton Family 
Center that offers parenting classes and other child development services for parents and 
children birth to 5 years old. 
During her 14 years as principal of Captain Elementary School in St. Louis Missouri, she 
transformed the curriculum and built a collaborative culture based on systems thinking. 
Applying those ideas and tools to the everyday life of teachers, students, and parents, she 
set in motion a process of continual growth and learning that raised test scores as well as 
morale. That experience is the basis of her writing and consulting. 
As a mentor and coach, she’s worked with principals to develop the deep thinking skills 
that outstanding leadership requires. A principal’s job is so busy it often seems there is no
time to think. Barbara believes that great leaders reverse this equation. They spend as 
much time thinking as doing. Structured conversations with coaches and like-minded 
colleagues can facilitate this process. 
Barbara’s previous publications include:
Barbara Kohm and Beverly Nance, ‭Principals Who Learn: Asking the Right Questions ‬
Seeking the Best Solutions‭ (Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum ‬Development, 2007).
Barbara Kohm and Beverly Nance, “Creating Collaborative Cultures,” ‭Educational ‬
Leadership‭ 67(2): 67-72 (2009).‬
Barbara Kohm, “Improving Faculty Conversations,” ‭Educational Leadership‬ 59(8): 31-
33 (2002).
Barbara Kohm, “Choose Your Own Adventure,” in ‭Schools That Learn‬ by Peter Senge et 
al. (New York, NY: Doubleday, 2000).‬‬‬‬‬‬

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Transformational Leadership; Systems Thinking, Ideas, and Tools.

    Kohm is a veteran of the elementary classroom; former Director of Clayton Early Childhood Ctr.; Elementary Principal; Mentor and Coach.

Personal Interests

    Barbara enjoys hiking, biking, reading, writing, and traveling.