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Dr. Donna
McKusick

Data Coach

Dr. Donna McKusick is a lifelong educator, primarily within the public community college system. She has written and taken part in many grant projects and research studies, gathering and analyzing data to determine student outcomes. Her dissertation, An Analysis of Academic Literacy Tasks Required in Introductory Psychology Courses in Community College, spearheaded a lifelong interest in the context of literacy and the validity of developmental education. She taught reading and writing for 20 years and co-authored an integrated reading-writing textbook, Making Sense with Integrated Reading and Writing, now in its second edition. She has also studied contextualized and integrative learning, about which she wrote a monograph in 2012, Cross Paper #15, Making It Real: Using Contextualization for Student Success, published by the League for Innovation in the Community College.

Dr. McKusick’s greatest professional achievement in developmental education has been in the conceptualization and implementation of the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP), which is now practiced in over 200 colleges across the country. Her portfolio has also included work in libraries, tutoring, learning communities, equity, and honors. Dr. McKusick’s career has been grounded in a central belief that education provides a powerful path to social and economic equity.

Education
Ed.D. (Curriculum and Instruction) | University of Maryland

M.A. (Reading) | Towson University

B.A. (English) | Northeastern University

Past Experience
Dean of Developmental Education and Special Academic Programs | Community College of Baltimore County

Director of Title III Grants | Community College of Baltimore County

Professor, English and Reading | Community College of Baltimore County

Reading Specialist | Bryn Mawr School, Baltimore

How has education changed your life/your family?

My education has allowed me to do what I love the best — research, read, write, lead, and teach. Because of my education, I enjoy a comfortable standard of living, and I have had the privilege of sharing my gifts with others. Because of education, my life has been meaningful and, I believe, has made a difference.

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