Dr. Sharon A. Kortman is Vice President of Learning for the Arizona Science Center. In this role, Dr. Kortman oversees the Center for Leadership in Learning and outreach for educational organizations, leaders, teachers, parents and the community, and students. She also works with industry and business partners to advance youth and student learning and development.
Dr. Kortman is actively involved in supporting national and state education initiatives. She is a member on the Next Generation Science Standards Leadership Team, AZ Committee for the Development of the Next Generation Science Standards, Arizona Professional Development Leadership Network, AZ Science Foundation Advisory Council, STEM Network Informal STEM Education Network, AZ STEM Education Collaborative, and Arizona Public Engagement Taskforce. She has served on certification, NCLB, and induction and mentoring committees through the Arizona Department of Education and State Board of Education. She was a lead content expert and editor for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the U.S. Department of Education under the auspices of the Eisenhower Professional Development Grants Program, was lead PI of a two-year Improving Teacher Quality Grant: Teacher Quality and Student Achievement through ASU University/District Partnerships, and a leader in the U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership Grant and the U.S. Department of Education Teacher Incentive Fund Grant in the areas of comprehensive school reform and professional development. Dr. Kortman is lead on multiple grants associated with quality curriculum development, youth programming to advance Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and STEM engagement, as well as development of systemic models of support and accountability in education systems.
Dr. Kortman is an inductee in ASU’s College of Education Hall of Fame. Previous to her work with Arizona Science Center, she co-founded and directed BEST Professional Development and was administrative associate professor at Arizona State University. She provided leadership through district partnerships, locally and nationally, providing comprehensive support, training, curriculum, courses, and resources in professional development for teachers and leaders. Dr. Kortman is the recipient of a distinguished program award through ATE and recipient of a President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness.
As co-author of a series of publications and interactive DVDs in the areas of induction, mentoring and coaching, teacher, and leadership professional development, Dr. Kortman takes pride in combining research with practice. A few of these publications include Standards in Teaching: Reflection to Quality Practice, Managing the Classroom: Creating a Culture for Teaching and Learning, Beginning Teacher Induction Professional Development: Support to Quality Practice, and Mentoring and Coaching Professional Development: Support to Quality Practice. She is author of standards in teaching and standards in leadership frameworks which provide teacher and leader evaluation systems with aligned professional growth. Her research and consultant emphases are in educational partnerships, systemic support, leadership excellence, shared administrative leadership, mentoring and coaching, teaching quality, professional learning and development, standards in education, classroom management, personality and interaction styles, and increasing student success.