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Katie Pekel

University Of Minnesota


Katie Pekel, EdD, is the Principal in Residence at the University of Minnesota where she leads the Minnesota Principals Academy, a legislatively funded executive development program for school leaders; the Executive PhD program; and the Urban Leadership Academy. Dr. Pekel has served at all levels of K-12 education including as a high school English teacher, an elementary principal and a middle school principal. She has collaborated with Dr. Muhammad Khalifa in the development of the Culturally Responsive School Leadership Academy and Dr. Kim Gibbons on numerous research to practice presentations and projects. Dr. Pekel recently has led two state-wide surveys regarding the impacts of the pandemic on K-12 education in Minnesota, and a state-wide project on diversification of the educator workforce.