Kelly M. Walton, Ed.D.

Kelly M. Walton is an educational consultant specializing in K-12 Leadership, Education Management, and Secondary School Transformation. During her 15-year tenure in education, she has worked closely with both internal and external stakeholders from students, teachers, principals, district administrators, and parents, to community and business partners. She has also worked closely with national education/business leaders and experts from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. to include the following: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, MDRC, McKinsey & Company, American Institutes for Research, WestEd, University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, Applied Research Services, Educators for Social Responsibility, Education Northwest, Wellsys Corporation, and AON.

Kelly consulted on a multiyear project with MDRC, one of the largest nonprofit and nonpartisan research organizations in the country. The project, entitled “The National Investing in Innovation Evaluation of the Diplomas Now Model,” is the U.S. Department of Education’s largest scale evaluation ever of a secondary school reform model. Additionally, Kelly has consulted for numerous organizations providing coaching support, professional development, qualitative data collection, and overall thought leadership in her areas of specialization.

Prior to working full-time as an educational consultant, Kelly worked in the television industry, and for several K-12 districts. From 1997 to 1999, she worked as a news editor for the CBS and Fox affiliates in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1998, she began her career in the field of education as a special education paraprofessional at Stephenson High School, in Stone Mountain, Georgia. In 1999, Kelly established a Mass Media Arts program at Stephenson, and served as the program’s lead teacher for four years. During that time she helped her students start Jaguar Enterprise, a student-operated audio and video production company. The company’s revenue was used to provide scholarships for students and purchase equipment. After only three years teaching, Kelly’s colleagues voted her as Stephenson’s 2002 Teacher of The Year. 

In 2004, Kelly took a position with Atlanta Public Schools (APS) as the Instructional Facilitator for the Smaller Learning Communities (SLCs) Implementation Grant, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Education. As Instructional Facilitator, she was responsible for the development and implementation of SLCs in six high schools. In 2005, Kelly led the APS team that wrote the proposal for the U.S. Department of Education’s Enhanced Reading Opportunities Smaller Learning Communities Grant. APS was one of only ten districts nationwide that was awarded the $5 million grant, which called for the largest reading research study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education for high school students. As a result of the grant, Kelly was promoted to the position of Program Administrator for High School Smaller Learning Communities, where she created the APS Center for the Advancement of Smaller Learning Communities. 

In 2006, at the recommendation of McKinsey & Company and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Kelly was promoted to the position of Project Administrator for Portfolio & Design in the newly formed High School Transformation Office. As Project Administrator, Kelly was responsible for providing oversight and guidance to 30+ stakeholder-led design teams, at the local school sites, as they created design and implementation plans to transform their schools. Additionally, she was responsible for managing all facility and technology upgrades for schools as they transformed. In 2008, Kelly was promoted to Program Administrator for High School Transformation. In this position, she was responsible for providing vision, leadership and coordination for the development and execution of all components (portfolio & design, instruction and student support) of the district’s High School Transformation Initiative. She was responsible for everything from instruction to construction. 

Kelly earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University; a Master of Science in Education Administration from Jacksonville State University; and a specialist and doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University-Sarasota.

Kelly M. Walton, Ed.D. Educational Consultant

Kelly M. Walton, Ed.D.

Educational Consultant

Decatur, Georgia, United States

E - Media Learning
Project Management

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