About Me

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My name is Julie Kallio (she/her/hers), and I’m a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. I study leaders who are changing what, when, and where kids learn. (Need a short bio? Click here.)

In my dissertation, Innovative School Leadership as Participatory Design: A model for how leaders create the conditions for innovative teaching and learning, I examine three leadership artifacts – a spreadsheet that guides student pathways, the physical spaces of a middle school, and interest-based clubs within the school day. Studying the leading edge of school design today opens a window for designing democratic values into the learning environments of tomorrow.

I am currently the lead researcher for the Personalization in Practice research group and former director of a subproject to build a Networked Improvement Community, an IES grant-funded position to bring together teachers to do participatory design work around emerging practices. Read more about my research experience.

My parents were both teachers and I found my way there too. I taught in outdoor education at a place called AstroCamp and 2 independent schools, leading technology integration, teaching science, and dorm parenting. I earned my M.S. in Science Education from Montana State University and a B.S. in Biology and French from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. For specific examples of leadership in K-12, click here.


I’m originally from Northeastern Wisconsin, but I moved to Paris, France, when I was 7. I spent my school years at the American School of Paris, taking International Baccalaureate courses and traveling in Europe, and summers selling fireworks and riding horses by Shawano Lake. My education and career has since taken me to Montana, Southern California, Massachusetts, Oregon, and now back to Madison, and I have no doubt more adventures lie ahead!

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