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Dr. Cathy Owens-Oliver is an accomplished speaker, author, instructional

coach, education  policy analyst, and National Board Certified Teacher. 

For more than 25 years, in 46 of 50 states as well as Canada, she

has provided consulting services for instructional coaches, college

facultystate boards, and state departments of education.

She is the President and CEO of Educational Effectiveness

Group, a coaching, and consulting practice that helps

K-12 schools and colleges of education improve

teaching and solve problems that hinder student learning.

She is the author of Why Schools Fumble, a national

bestseller in Pedagogy and Educational Problem-Solving. She

has presented at countless national conferences and written for leading

education journals including Accomplished Teacher Magazine, the

Journal of Staff Development, and the Hope Foundation’s What Works

in Schools newsletter. Her work also appears in the college textbook:

Black Star: An Introduction to African-American Studies.

She earned her doctorate in Education, Leadership, Management,

and Policy at Seton Hall University, and completed studies at

NC A&T State University, and the University of NC - Greensboro

(where she was a NC Teaching Fellow). 


She has held senior roles at the National Board for Professional

Teaching Standards, Learning Forward, Educational Testing Service,

and the NC Department of Public Instruction. She has served as

adjunct faculty for several colleges.


She completed leadership and coaching training with the NC Center

for the Advancement of Teaching, Dale Carnegie Corporation, Institute

for Management Studies, Jack McDowell School for Leadership Development,

and the Parker Palmer Center for Courage and Renewal. 

She has served as a director of ministerial training in NC, MI, and PA. She is the Dean of Education for the COGIC International Sunday School Department and President of the GirlsGotLIFE Foundation. Affectionately known as Dr. O, she has assisted several faith-based groups in implementing organizational change. She enjoys golf, gardening, and mentoring millennials.




  • Educators Who Know What To Do. Co-written by Experts in Education, October 2021. 

  • Why Schools Fumble: Helping Principals, Teachers, and Parents Solve Their School's Biggest Problems, July 2021.

  • Emerging School Leaders are the Real MVPs, April 2021.

  • The Relationship Between Praxis I and Praxis II Performance in NJ and Its Impact on the Minority Candidate Teaching Pool. Dissertation, 2014.

  • Contributing Author, Black Star: An Introduction to African-American Studies, 2013.

  • Closing the Implementation Gap, What’s Working in Schools Newsletter, The Hope Foundation for Professional Educators, 2008-10.

  • Leading Without Leaving, JSD, Journal of the National Staff Development Council, Summer 2008.

  • Co-Editor, Take One!: An Evidence-Centered Approach to Accomplished Teaching. Training Manual, NBPTS/ETS, 2005.

  • Contributing Writer, Foreword, Powerful Classroom Stories from Accomplished Teachers, Mack-Kirschner, 2004.

  • Editor-in-Chief, Accomplished Teacher Magazine, NBPTS,


  • Co-Producer, The Teacher as Leader: A Workshop with Roland Barth and  Leading the Way to Better Teaching, Better Learning, Better Schools, Videos,  NBPTS, 2002.

  • Shake, Rattle, and Roll: How to Eliminate the Extraneous in the Classroom and Promoting the Value of Accomplished Teaching, Accomplished Teacher Magazine, 2001-02.

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