Kris Taylor Kris Taylor, EdD


  • Director, School Leadership Graduate Certificate program
  • Director, DEI for Teachers21 at William James College


  • BA in psychology and social welfare, University of California at Berkeley
  • MEd, Harvard University
  • EdD in educational leadership, Boston College


  • LP 708 - Leadership of Educational Institutions

Research and Practice Interests

  • Leadership practices that influence student achievement and equity

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Principal / Assistant Principal License for K-12
  • Superintendent / Assistant Superintendent License

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

  • Adjunct faculty lecturer at Boston College, teaching online course titled Leadership for Social Justice

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • Manager, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
    In this role, she supported districts and schools to use data and research to improve academic outcomes for all students. While at DESE, Kris led an internal racial equity team to build the capacity of supervisors and school support specialists who provides consultation and technical assistance across the state.
  • Director of Leadership Development, Boston Public Schools
    In this role, she collaborated with an array of central office leaders, school leaders and partners to design and implement high quality, inquiry-based and well-organized professional learning experiences for school principals. Kris also co-led a series of sessions for managers of color concerning topics of race and equity. In addition, she designed and implemented professional development which allowed Boston Public Schools to achieve district-wide workforce diversity goals in 2017 and 2018.
  • Former classroom teacher, academic coach, and urban school principal