Kathy Kinsner is Senior Manager of Parent Resources at ZERO TO THREE.
For almost four decades, Kathy has worked as an educator and creator of materials for parents, teachers, and kids. She has three Emmy Awards for her work on PBS series Reading Rainbow and an NAACP Image Award for its first primetime special. She has written/produced TV series and specials for and about children for A&E, The History Channel, and Court TV.
Kathy has collaborated on several projects dedicated to improving early literacy and educational outcomes for low-income children, most recently the Video Interaction Project (VIP) at Bellevue Hospital and NYU Medical Center, a low-cost intervention to help parents improve language and learning outcomes for their young children. In 2015, Kathy worked closely with the VIP team, led by Dr. Alan Mendelsohn, to re-imagine parent materials, codify 18 years of best practices, and create a library of video clips for training purposes. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Zero to Three in support of early learning.
As the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Roads to Success (2005-2010), Kathy supervised the creation of 3000 pages of lesson plans and student materials for grades 7 – 12, visited classrooms to observe the program in action, and incorporated weekly feedback into annual program revisions. The program was awarded a $430,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in its fifth year of operation.
Everything in Between
A former teacher with Master’s degrees in both Education and Television, Radio, and Film, Kathy has developed more than ten online graduate courses for educators on topics ranging from culturally responsive teaching to the Common Core. Her course on Common Core Mathematics won a Teachers’ Choice Award in 2014.
Freelance clients include McGraw-Hill, Teaching Tolerance/Southern Poverty Law Center, Benchmark Education, and WNET.
Kathy has been a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program since 2002. She is a proud winner of the New Yorker’s weekly caption contest.