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My name is Kathryn Kennedy, and I am a Senior Researcher at the MVU's Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute. The goal of the Institute is to "expand Michigan’s capacity to support new learning models, engage in active research to inform new policies in online and blended learning and strengthen the state’s infrastructures for sharing best practices." I work together with an amazing team of researchers, including Dr. Joe Freidhoff, Dr. Kristen DeBruler, Justin Bruno, and Rebecca Stimson. Our team hosts webinars, a blog, and a podcast series, three venues that disseminate research to inform the field of K-12 blended and online learning. My practical experiences include pre-service and in- service teacher, technology specialist, and school librarian professional development for technology integration and instructional design in traditional, blended, and online learning environments. My research interests deal directly with my practical experience and concentrate mostly on education professionals and their preparation for next generation learning models, including but not limited to online and blended learning environments. I hold a Ph.D. from the University of Florida (2010) in curriculum and instruction, with a concentration in educational technology, a master’s from the Florida State University (2005) in library and information science, specializing in young adult literature, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida (2000) in English, with an emphasis in children’s and adolescent literature. Feel free to contact me if you would like additional information and/or if you would like to collaborate with me.