Cortney Rowland

(she, her, hers)

Senior Leader, Large-Scale Technical Assistance & Teacher Effectiveness

Cortney sees teaching as one of the most important professions in the country. She thinks regularly about the role teachers play in educating our young people and the far-reaching impact they have on our society. She wants to do work that continuously improves systems to support teachers’ development, growth, career opportunities, and job satisfaction. 

For the last 20 years, Cortney has worked to connect research, policy, and practice to help schools, districts, and states improve their systems of recruiting, developing, and supporting educators. Cortney joins Education Northwest from the National Center for Teacher Residencies, an organization dedicated to developing teacher residencies as a means of addressing systemic inequities in school systems, where she served as director of state and federal policy. She has also worked at American Institutes for Research as a principal technical assistance consultant. She was co-deputy director of the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders and co-project director of the Florida Network for School Improvement. Previously, Cortney directed school leadership work at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices.


  • Ph.D., sociology, Loyola University Chicago
  • M.A., sociology, Bowling Green State University
  • B.A., Ohio University

If I was stranded on a deserted island, I would bring...


My dream dinner party guest is...

Teri Gross

My favorite subject in school was...

Social Studies

When not at work, you can find me...

With my kids!

Cortney Rowland

Areas of Expertise

  • Educator recruitment, retention, and support
  • Systems change and improvement
  • Connecting policy, research, and practice