Johnette Burdette

(she, her, hers)

Director, Equitable Learning & Systems Improvement/DEIA Strategy

A lifelong learner, Johnette sees the challenges of system change and organizational management as opportunities to make a global impact one community at a time. She spent the past 10 years leading project teams and advising clients on organizational change theories with a focus on strategic planning and collaboration. She specializes in continuous improvement, accountability metrics, progress monitoring, and leadership development. Johnette is committed to the equity agenda through culturally and linguistically responsive practices that seek to identify and address implicit bias in leadership.

Johnette is an accomplished leader and subject matter expert with over 21 years of experience managing the design and development of products and services to support state, district, and school improvement efforts in leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Johnette has led successful turnarounds in urban, suburban, and rural districts at the elementary, middle, and high school level, building the capacity of others to move towards equity. Johnette’s thoughtful, entrepreneurial, and data-driven approach emphasizes developing and implementing sustainable systems for improving student outcomes.


  • Current doctoral candidate at Virginia Tech
  • M.Ed., Educational Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.A., Political Science/History/Secondary Education, Saint Paul’s College

At family get togethers, you can find me...

In the kitchen - ALWAYS!

My theme song is...

The Big Payback! by James Brown

One thing I've learned about life from kids is...

All mistakes are fixable with a little glue!

Johnette Burdette

Areas of Expertise

  • School improvement
  • Equity
  • Equitable systems
  • Teaching and learning

Case Briefs & Publications

A Community-Driven Equity Review

Astoria decided to begin by reviewing equity across the district, then use the evidence to prioritize their work on key focus areas. They hired Education Northwest to lead an equity review and uncover opportunities to promote equity for everyone in the district.