Katherine Orlando

Graduate Program Director and Lecturer


Contact Info

Hawkins Hall, 417C
By appointment


Ed.D, Walden University, 2020
M.Ed., University of Maryland, 1990
B.S., Elementary Education, University of Maryland, 1985
Administration and Supervision Certificate, Johns Hopkins University

Areas of Expertise

Leadership, School Administration, Professional Development, Instructional Coaching, Intergroup Dialogue, Professional Learning Communities


For over 30 years, Kathy Orlando worked as an elementary, middle and high school principal, elementary and middle school teacher, special educator, and gifted and talented educator. In addition to working at Towson University as the graduate program director and lecturer, Kathy has been a lecturer at several universities, serving in graduate and undergraduate leadership and education programs. Kathy is working with her department within a Wallace Foundation Grant with Baltimore City Public Schools, Morgan State University and MSDE to collaborate on Equity-Centered leadership development. Kathy joined TU’s Department of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development as a lecturer in 2018 and Graduate Program Director in 2021. She teaches courses in leadership, supervision, legal and ethical issues, curriculum and assessment, and evidence-based decision-making.

Professional Affiliations

Member, Towson University’s Women’s Faculty and Staff Association (2022-present)

Member, College of Education’s College Council (2022- present)

Co-Chair, College of Education’s Faculty Development and Research Committee (2020-2022)

Lumen Circles Fellow, USM Kirwan Center for Innovation (2021)

Academic Affairs Lead, Fair Chance Higher Education Steering Committee, Towson University (2021- present)

Advisory Committee Member and Certified Facilitator, Dialogue@TU, Towson University (2020-present)

Selected Grants

Baltimore Community Foundation (2022). Co-writer and Advisor for a grant centered on LBGTQ+ and Professional Learning for K-12 educators.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work with Action (2022-2023). Co-writer and presenter of professional learning for the College of Education. Title: The value of story-telling and the creation of personal narratives to dismantle racism.

Selected Publications

Orlando, K. (2022). Ready for an in-class reset? Try the TRI Method. Faculty Focus: Magna Publications. 

Orlando, K. (2022). Is a k-12 strategy for collaboratively analyzing student work and norming performance expectations applicable to higher ed classrooms? Faculty Focus: Magna Publications

Orlando, K. (2020). Educator perceptions of participation in a vertical professional learning community. Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies. 

Selected Presentations

LeNiles, K. & Orlando, K. (2022). Collaborating to build and sustain a holistic, agency-affirming learning culture in TU classrooms. Towson University’s Learning Summit.

Ellis, L. & Orlando, K. (2020). Collaborative Partnership to Coach, Provide Feedback and Assess Interns. Maryland Professional Development Schools Conference [Virtual].