Kathy Terry

Kathy Terry
Senior Researcher

Kathy Terry is the North Carolina state liaison for the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) at American Institutes for Research (AIR).  She provides technical assistance (TA) and resource support to the state education agency (SEA), North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), to increase its capacity to support schools and districts to address the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and other student achievement and school improvement goals.

Dr. Terry provides evaluation capacity-building services and TA to SEAs served by the Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest and the Southeast and Texas Comprehensive Centers. Dr. Terry also serves as a TA provider and trainer on the Concerns Based Adoption Model (CBAM). In this role, she trains school district administrators and teachers on how to utilize CBAM when implementing new innovations in their districts and schools. 

With more than 15 years working as an education evaluation researcher, Dr. Terry has experience with all aspects of evaluation studies. As a consultant in Michigan, Dr. Terry served as the local evaluator for the federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CLC) in the School District of the City of Highland Park. In this capacity, she was responsible for conducting site observations, supervising data collection, and generating a year-end technical report. Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Terry was a research specialist for the Houston Independent School District, where she designed research evaluations for school-based and district-level programs.