Johnette Burdette

Johnette is serving in a dual role as Senior Leader for School Systems Improvement and DEIA Strategist. An accomplished senior leader and subject matter expert, she brings more than 21 years of experience managing people, projects, and organizations in the design and development of education products and services supporting states, districts, and schools in their improvement efforts. In particular, she has developed, implemented, and monitored initiatives in the areas of leadership, school improvement, professional learning communities, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. As Associate Director of Education for Insight Policy Research, Johnette led large technical assistance projects, ensuring products and services were timely, within scope, and of highest quality while contributing to strategic planning and direction for Insight’s education group. She served for eight years as Principal Technical Assistance Consultant for the American Institutes for Research, leading school turnaround and improvement systems to support improvement efforts in states, districts, and schools—specifically in diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also has over a decade of school and district leadership experience in various urban, suburban, and rural settings. A doctoral candidate, Johnette holds a Master of Educational Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

As a former turnaround principal, I am intrigued by the process of systems improvement and alignment. I am a radical agitator for equity and access for all, especially our most vulnerable populations of color.