Anne Weerda, Founder
Anne is a curriculum and assessment specialist focusing on the effective measurement and monitoring of student growth and learning in school districts. She is passionate about quality professional development and resources for all educators, and as a result, founded Kids At The Core.
Anne’s love of teaching began in the Southwest side of Chicago as a teacher and then a building administrator. Her experience as a central office administrator in Northern Illinois and experience as a practicing scientist prior to entering the education field, give her a unique combination of experiences to design targeted professional development in the areas of data analysis, assessment, curriculum, grading and instruction.
Anne received dual BS degrees from Northwestern University in Molecular – Cellular Biology and Radio – Television – Film. After several years in education, Anne received the Golden Apple Fellowship and earned her M.Ed. in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University. She earned her second masters in Educational Leadership from National Lewis University.
Under her leadership, teachers K-12 have grown as professional learning communities (PLCs) for powerful work including standards based report cards, creating local assessment sets aligned to Common Core Standards, and measuring student learning and growth. She been a writer for national benchmark assessment systems and led assessment professional development. Previously, Anne worked at the Director of Curriculum and Assessment in a Northern Illinois School District. She has experience as a director of curriculum, school improvement assessment specialist, a high school administrator, department chair and a classroom teacher.