Kristin A. Klingensmith is a Fellow at the Institute for Learning, where she is a member of the Disciplinary Literacy team focusing on mathematics. She designs and delivers professional development, writes curriculum materials including instructional tasks and performance-based assessments, and provides instructional coaching in elementary mathematics.
Recently Klingensmith lead the collaborative development of SOAR Intervention materials which Support Ongoing Achievement Responsively. These materials include a suite of mathematical survey tools designed to help pinpoint areas for additional learning opportunities as well as targeted instructional activities. She is also working in collaboration with the Paterson Public Schools (NJ) on a second grant from the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation to create learning trajectories for mathematics concepts in PreKindergarten and design sequenced-activities for student to engage with to develop an understanding of these concepts. The previous Taub Grant, also done in partnership with Paterson, focused on the development of materials to support conceptual mathematics instruction from Kindergarten through Grade 3. In addition to her love of mathematics, Kristin is also reading specialist and former literacy coach; her passion for teaching and learning bridges mathematics and ELA and contributes greatly to the perspective she brings to her work.
Klingensmith has worked with educators in schools and districts across the United States including in Louisanna, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey, and Tennessee.
Kristin started her teaching career in the Pittsburgh area where she taught various disciplines in K-6 classrooms for several years. Klingensmith became a Mathematics Coach in the Wilkinsburg (PA) School District in two elementary buildings. She eventually accepted a position as Instructional Coach-Literacy for Propel Turtle Creek (PA), a charter school in the Propel network of charter schools.
In addition to working in K-12 education, Klingensmith has taught undergraduate courses at community colleges in the Pittsburgh area and graduate classes at the University of Pittsburgh.
Kristin holds a B.A. in English Literature, with a certificate in Children's Literature, from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching and her Reading Specialist Certification from the University of Pittsburgh. Her certifications include Supervision of Curriculum & Instruction, Principal K-12, Reading Specialist K-2, Mid-Level Mathematics, and Elementary K-6.