Bill Kennedy

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Bill Kennedy, Ph.D.

Managing Director of Partnerships and Development

Bill Kennedy, Ph.D., is the Managing Director of Partnerships and Development for NCTR, where he cultivates relationships and strengthens the organization’s profile in the funder and nonprofit sectors. He joined NCTR in 2020. Bill brings 25 years of experience in urban education, including 11 years in teacher residencies. Bill is the former co-director of UChicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP), one of the first teacher residencies in the U.S. and a founding program at NCTR. Prior to directing UChicagoUTEP, Bill was a residency year coordinator, foundations course instructor, and induction coach. In 2017, he earned a Doctorate in Curriculum Studies with a dissertation that articulated a critical, justice-oriented model for induction coaching as a bridge from teacher residency to teacher of record. Prior to UChicagoUTEP, Bill was a middle school teacher and assistant principal in New York City Public Schools.


B.A., History, Holy Cross College

M.Ed., City College of New York

Ph.D., Curriculum Studies, University of Illinois Chicago


  • Kennedy, B. & Hendrickson, R. (2019) Moving from Residency to Teacher of Record. In, Torrez, C (Ed) Teacher Residency Model: Core Components of High Impact on Student Achievement. Lexington Books
  • Hammerness, K. & Kennedy. B. (2018) Teaching practices grounded in foundational knowledge, visions, and contexts, The New Educator, DOI: 10.1080/1547688X.2018.1506070
  • Hammerness, K & Kennedy, B. Context-Specific High Leverage Teaching Practices: Findings from Two Urban-Focused Foundations Courses. In Feiman-Nemser, S. and Ben-Peretz, M., Eds (2017) Alternatives in Teacher Education: Adapting Teacher Education Programs to Changing Needs of Educational Systems

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