Kathryn Welby ’01

Academic Title

  • Director, K-12 Teacher Preparation Program & Assistant Professor of Practice, Education & Community Studies
  • Educational Leadership and Decision Making
  • New Teacher Development and Retention
  • Opioid Epidemic and the Impact on Special Education
  • Remote Learning for K-12 Students with IEPs

My current research focuses on improving remote learning for children with Individualized Education Programs. My other research interests include the opioid epidemic and the impact on school districts and educators, special education teacher development/retention, and educational leadership.

Dr. Kathryn Welby is the director of teacher preparation and assistant professor of practice at Merrimack College. Dr. Welby has an extensive background in presenting research and professional development nationally for teachers, administrators, and scholars. Dr. Welby holds Massachusetts licensures as a special education administrator, principal, moderate disabilities teacher, and elementary education teacher. She brings years of practitioner experience into her course development, teaching, publishing, research, and professional development. Dr. Welby’s forthcoming book, Remote Learning Strategies for Children with IEPs: An Educators Guidebook, published by Routledge, will be released this spring and is available for pre-order.

  • Ed.D. Educational Leadership Southern New Hampshire University
  • C.A.G.S. Educational Leadership and Administration Salem State University
  • M.Ed. Moderate Disabilities Endicott College
  • B.A. Sociology and Business (concentration in Elementary Education) Merrimack College
  • Special Education and Moderate Disabilities 
  • Elementary Education
  • Remote Learning for K-12 Students with IEPs

Book (forthcoming May 2021)
Welby, K (2021). Remote Learning Strategies for Students with IEPs: An Educators Guidebook. Taylor and Francis.

Boivin, J; Welby, K. (Accepted, 2021). Teaching Future Educators During a Global Pandemic. IAFOR Journal of Education.

Welby, K (2021). How to Help Students Improve Executive Functioning During Hybrid Learning. Edutopia. San Francisco, CA

Welby, K (2020). Remote Learning Round 2: How to Improve Distance Learning for Students with ADHD. ADDitude Magazine. New Hope Media. NY, New York

Welby, K (2020) How to Improve Distance Learning for Students with IEPs. Edutopia. San Francisco, CA

Welby, K. (2019) Coping with the opioid crisis: Teachers need support, right now. Phi Delta Kappan. Thousand Oaks Sage Publications.

Welby, K. (2019). The Children of the Opioid Epidemic: Understanding the Influence of Adversity on Learning and Behavior. Behavior Today. The Council of Students with Behavioral Disorders. CEC. Arlington, Virginia

Welby, K. (2018). Jon Saphier Interview- Decades of Success in Educational Leadership. Creighton Journal of Interdisciplinary Leadership. CJI: Omaha, Nebraska