Lee Kappes is the Assistant Director for Practice with the Aspen Education and Society Program. In this role Lee leads the Urban District Leadership Network and works to increase the program’s impact on practice in the field. Lee works closely with the Chief Academic Officers, Curriculum and Instruction leaders, and Principal Supervisors from our network districts to advance equity in their schools through a focus on the integration of social, emotional and academic development (SEAD), implementation of college and career ready standards, and building educator expertise (BEE) across the school system.
Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Lee was a co-founder and managing partner of Reach Associates, an instructional consultancy group which partners with schools, districts and state organizations to create effective professional learning systems aimed at growing educator expertise and increasing student outcomes. Kappes is one of the lead authors and developers of the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) Framework – an instructional strategy for classroom implementation of the CCSS across grades and content areas.
Lee’s career in public education began as a K-6 classroom teacher and concluded as a central office leader in an urban school district. She received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall University, a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Long Island University and a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education from College Misericordia.