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