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Diane Kerr

Diane Kerr is an educational consultant and former assistant principal at Mason Crest Elementary School in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), Virginia. During her tenure as a coprincipal at Mason Crest, the school earned the distinction of becoming the very first recipient of the coveted DuFour Award, which recognizes top-performing PLCs around the world.

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Diane Kerr

Diane Kerr is an educational consultant and former assistant principal at Mason Crest Elementary School in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), Virginia. She supports schools on their journey to become high-functioning professional learning communities (PLCs) and especially enjoys working with schools with diverse student populations. During her tenure as a coprincipal at Mason Crest, the school earned the distinction of becoming the very first recipient of the coveted DuFour Award, which recognizes top-performing PLCs around the world.

Before joining the Mason Crest team in 2012, Diane was one of two English for speakers of other languages coordinators for the FCPS, which has more than 180,000 students. She supervised and led multiple teams that provided services to schools, parents, and students, and was a sought-after resource about other central office programs. Working in Connecticut, Bahrain, and Virginia, Diane’s career focuses on collaboratively supporting students with diverse needs and specifically teaching English to speakers of other languages of all ages.

Throughout her career in education, Diane has provided professional development in many venues, including presenting to large groups of school leaders, school board members, teachers, and teacher teams. She has taught university-level classes on differentiation and meeting the needs of diverse learners. Diane is coauthor with Brian Butler, Jacquie Heller, and Tracey Hulen of the book What About Us? The PLC at Work Process for PreK–2 Teams. She was a part of a team who helped contributing author Brian K. Butler write chapter 3, “Collaborating in the Core,” of It’s About Time: Planning Interventions and Extensions in Elementary School (Buffum & Mattos, 2015). Diane presented at the 2018 and 2019 Solution Tree Soluciones Institutes and select PLC at Work Institutes in 2018 and 2019. She also presented at the first-ever Culture Keepers Institute in 2018.

Diane earned an education specialist degree and a preK–12 administration and supervision endorsement from the University of Virginia, and she holds a master’s degree in teaching with an endorsement in teaching English to speakers of other languages from Sacred Heart University. She holds a bachelor of science degree in economics from the College of Charleston.

To learn more about Diane’s work, follow @diane_KerrWerx on Twitter.


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Presentations by Diane Kerr

  • Does All Really Mean All? Attaining Achievement in Diverse Elementary Schools
  • Supporting English Learners and Their Specific Language Needs Through the PLC at Work™ Process
  • Co-Teaching Models: Supporting All Learners
  • The Professional Learning Community at Work™ Process
  • Practical Approaches for Elementary School Principals to Support the School Improvement Process