DR. JOHNNIE MCKINLEY, MA ABS ED. D.
D.B.A JOHNNIE MCKINLEY ASSOCIATES L.L.C. &
THE JMA GROUP L.L.C.
PO Box 3323
Seattle, WA 98114
The JMA Group
2528 Beacon Ave South, Suite A
Seattle, WA 98144
E.d. D. (2004) Seattle University. Dissertation: Enhanced pedagogy: Effective teaching strategies for high performing African American students in an urban school district. Cognate in Business Administration. Nominated for American Educational Research Association and National Staff Development Council Dissertation Awards.
MA ABS (1992) Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science; with Emphasis on Organizational Development and Leading and Consulting in Social Systems. City University, Bellevue, WA, Master thesis: Little deaths: Organizational development through action research in a social services client agency, published
BA cum laude Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL. Dual Majors - Spanish and English
Certified Consultant: WA State Department of Enterprise Services - Organizational Development Consulting Services (conferred 01/14/15): Strategic Planning, Communication, Change Management, Organizational Change, Team Development, Leadership, and Coaching
Certified Consultant: City of Seattle Consultant Roster and Human Resources – King County Executive Services, and WA State Department of Personnel: - Organizational development; Performance coaching & mentoring; Interpersonal communications; and Change management
Certified Washington State Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise. (2013)
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, University of Washington, Tacoma, WA (2014)
Certified University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies Doctoral Program Faculty (2008)
Washington State Superintendent Certification - Seattle University, Seattle, WA (2004)
Washington State Department of Early Learning - State Approved Trainer for Higher Education, All WA State Competency Areas and Childcare Basics (2012)
National Center for Quality Teaching & Learning–Early Learning Environmental Assessor (2012)
Numerous additional certifications business, community development, research, grant writing (University of WA/The Grantsmanship Center, Los Angeles, CA), and organizational development
Nominee for Dissertation Awards - National American Educational Research and National Staff Development Council
Excellence in Education Award Winner - KCTS/Seattle Public Television
Education Award Nominee - Seattle Committee for Excellence in Education
December 2016 – December 2018 Independent Contractor, Facilitator National Bias and Sensitivity Review - Measured Progress, Inc., a Delaware Non-Profit Corporation, 100 Education Way, Dover, New Hampshire 03820. Conduct outreach to select and convene panels of reviewers to evaluate eMPower™ Assessments and make recommendations to minimize impacts on students’ performance from factors unrelated to the content being assessed, such as student differences in experience or disability and sensitivity factors that may negatively affect individuals or groups of students.
2014 Municipal Organization Assessment Consultant – City of Seattle Human Services Department: 2014 Needs Assessment for Seattle Head Start, Early Head Start and Step Ahead Programs – April – August 2014; Lean Six Sigma Process Improvement Plan – Tukwila Public Schools – October - November 2014
2000 – Present - Business Development, Donor Research, and Grant Writing Consultant. Provided project development, program design, evaluation, and fiscal planning services and submitted funding applications and contract bids for over $61,000,000 for school districts, state agencies, and for-profit and nonprofit businesses in the Puget Sound area, Grand Rapids, MI, Sacramento, CA, and Atlanta, GA. [Detailed below]
1999 - Present - Technical Writer/Organizational Consultant providing Contract Bid and Grant Application Writing, Analysis and Evaluation, and Curriculum Development
As a school district administrator, grant writer, grant manager and program evaluator for Puyallup Schools; as Project Manager and internal program evaluator for WA State OSPI; and as a Consultant writing Contract Bids and Grant Applications for Executive Directors in the Puget Sound area, Grand Rapids, MI, Sacramento, CA, Atlanta, GA, conducted project development and fiscal planning services and submitted funding applications and contract bids in the amount of $39,443,877.00 over 14 years. [See detailed listing below]
2013 Grant Writing Curriculum Developer and Course Facilitator – Children’s Home Society of WA and United Way of King County. – Children’s Home Society of WA and United Way of King County. Developed and facilitated training on a nine-session four-month fundraising and grant writing curriculum for East African executive directors. Included grant proposal review/revision.
2012 - 2016 - Organizational Development and Educational Consultant – The Center for Educational Innovation, Jackson, MS [a MS nonprofit] and Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color [COSEBOC], Boston MA. Serving as a subject matter expert presenting at conferences and webinars on culturally responsive teaching and learning for principals, early learning directors and secondary educators. Served as a member of Education Innovation Ecosystem Summit expert panel advising educators, funders, community based parent groups, and nonprofits on school reform leading to organization, instructional and student performance improvement.
2011 – 2012 – Request for Proposal Writer and Curriculum Developer - Seattle King County Public Health Local Hazardous Waste Management Project, Seattle, WA - East African Childcare Directors’ Education Training on Environmental Toxins
For a coalition of three nonprofit organizations, developed a winning contract proposal to provide Hazardous Waste Prevention Training for 120 East African childcare providers. Upon award of contract, McKinley was hired as Curriculum Developer to develop two toxicology and hazardous waste prevention curricula on environmental air and dust for training childcare providers in the Puget Sound area.
2011 – Consultant and Facilitator - WA State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Olympia, WA and Youth Suicide Prevention Program. The JMA Group, Seattle, WA. Convened a Review Committee and facilitated Bias and Sensitivity Review of the middle school assessment related to suicide prevention for health/fitness education for OSPI and Youth Suicide Prevention Program.
2011 – Facilitator and Technical Report Developer - WA State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia, WA and Relevant Strategies. The JMA Group, Seattle, WA
Statewide Bias and Bias and Sensitivity Committee Review of the Common Core State Standards and the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS).
2008 – 2011 - Educational and Event Development and Project Evaluation Consultant, City of Seattle Office of Education and Seattle Human Services Department Early Learning Network. The JMA Group, Seattle, WA. ]. Designed professional learning events. Conducted program evaluation to assist with policy recommendations to Seattle City Council. Conducted revision of the ELN’s Kindergarten Readiness Guidelines.
2004 – Present – Consultant and Facilitator - WA State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia, WA and Northwest Educational Service District (ESD) 189. The JMA Group, Seattle, WA
Contributed to the selection and Bias and Sensitivity Review of WA State Assessment system components; K-10 web -based Classroom Assessments for use in 30 districts within the jurisdiction of ESD 189.
2001 – Present – Grant Writer and Organizational Development Consultant. Member of the Grantwriters Cadre providing grant writing and capacity building expertise to the Pacific Northwest Non-Profit Assistance Center and the National Community Development Institute.
1999 – 2006 – Director of Achievement and Equity. Puyallup School District, Puyallup, WA. Directing district initiatives providing support and interventions to raise achievement and close achievement gaps. Assistant director of teaching and learning, coordinating district professional development and professional certification programs; responsible for staff and grants management, planning, and program evaluation.
1999 – 2001 – Instructional Coach and Assessment Specialist. Galef Institute, Los Angeles, CA. National Faculty of Coaches, training teachers on national school reforms, action research, and program evaluation.
1999-3/2001 - Program Manager for Western Washington. Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia, WA. WA Title II Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant. With Asst. Supt. for Teacher Certification and Community Outreach, managed project to develop state system for teacher recruitment and preparation. Developed and monitored budgets/work plans & program evaluations for $3.3 million budget; facilitated state and regional meetings of 18 partners in institutions of higher education, tribal nations, school districts, and community based organizations.
1993 – 1995 – Consulting Teacher, Seattle Schools, Human Resources Department, Seattle, WA. Mentored and supervised 40 teachers in over 15 schools. Awarded 1995 KCTS Public Television Excellence in Education Award for outstanding leadership.
1993-2000 - Washington State Training and Marketing Consultant, Seattle, WA. Provided training on Project ALERT curriculum for the Hilton Foundation and the BEST Foundation for a Drug Free Tomorrow, to a client base of WA State agencies, educators, and over 300 school and community programs. Recognized as an exemplary trainer based on attendee exit surveys. Additional training duties in a 14-state Western region of the U.S.
University Teaching Experiences
2008 – Present – Online Faculty, University of Phoenix, School of Advanced Studies, Dissertation advisement
2006 – 2008 – Adjunct Faculty, University of Washington, Seattle, and Seattle University, Seattle, and Central Washington University, Seattle, WA. Assessment and educational psychology for Teacher Education programs, and mentoring for Educational Administration programs
1993 – 2008 – Adjunct Faculty, University of Washington, Seattle; Seattle University; Seattle Pacific University; Central Washington University and Western Washington University, Seattle, WA. 1997 – 1999 - Visiting Scholar, University of Washington, Seattle - Taught assessment and educational psychology courses for Teacher Education programs, adult learning and mentoring for Educational Certification programs and Seattle School District teachers and principals in 25 elementary and 10 secondary schools
1993-1998 - Curriculum Developer/Facilitator, Washington Education Association [WEA] - School Safety and Discipline Cadre, Federal Way, WA and Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA. Developed state curriculum. Addressed conferences of over 2,000 WA State and West Coast educators on action research to improve school safety.
Television Program Host, Seattle Schools Educational Broadcast Center and WEA for a televised six-segment School Safety course reaching over 25,000 in its first year of release.
McKinley, J. (2010). Raising black students’ achievement through culturally responsive teaching. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).
McKinley, J. (2008). Planning for effective and culturally responsive teaching and learning: Strategies that ensure equity and academic achievement for all students. Charleston, SC: Book Surge Publishing, an imprint of Amazon.com.
Refereed Journal Articles
McKinley, J. (2006). Winning methods of teachers who close the gap between black and white students. Journal of Staff Development, Fall, 2006.
Invited and Non-Refereed Publications
McKinley, J. (1999). Observational Assessments: Validating what teachers see in classrooms, Education Update, 41(8). ASCD.
McKinley, J. (2004, December). Leveling the playing field and raising achievement for African American students in an urban school district, New Horizons for Learning, Seattle, WA. Available at: http:/
McKinley, J. (2006). Enhanced pedagogical approaches for closing the achievement gaps: In integrated study of teachers of high performing African American students. In Leading for Tomorrow Today, Seattle, WA: Seattle University
McKinley, J. (2016- 2017). Reports on National Bias and Sensitivity Review of Measured Progress, Inc’s eMPower™ Assessments. Conduct outreach to select and convene panels of reviewers to evaluate eMPower™ Assessments and make recommendations to minimize impacts on students’ performance from factors unrelated to the content being assessed.
McKinley, J. with Relevant Strategies and Porsche Everson. (2011). Bias and Sensitivity Review of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics: Implementation Recommendations Report. The WA State OSPI report is available at:
McKinley, J. with Relevant Strategies and Porsche Everson (2011). Bias and Sensitivity Review of Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS). The WA State OSPI report is available at: http://www.k12.wa.us/WaKIDS/pubdocs/BiasandSensitivityReview.pdf
McKinley, J. (2010). Analysis, Review and Revision of the Draft Seattle Kindergarten Readiness Guidelines (September, 2010). Seattle, WA. Report received a commendation by the WA State Director of the Department of Early Learning to the Seattle School District Superintendent and the Mayor of Seattle.
McKinley, J. (2008). Program Evaluation of the City of Seattle Office of Education and Human Services Department CORE 2008 Summer Institute (August, 2008). Seattle, WA
McKinley, J. (2008). Program Evaluation of the WA Educators for Social Justice May 2008 Conference held at Seattle University (May, 2008). Seattle, WA
Shannon, S. & Bylsma, P. (2005). McKinley’s Research framework on strategies for closing achievement gaps: Promising programs and practices for dropout prevention: Report to the legislature. WA Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Office of Assessment and Research.
In Our Footsteps: A High School Contextual Teaching and Learning Curriculum for the Future Connections Institute for Professional and Technical Career Transition (2002). Seattle, WA.
WA Education Association (1993 – 1998) Increasing School Safety and Discipline Curriculum Modules.
McKinley, J. (1992). Little Deaths: Organizational development through action research in a social services client agency. Published Masters’ thesis, City University, Bellevue, WA.
Academic Achievement, Assessment and School Reform
Over 90 regional, national and international conference presentations on organizational change, drug and alcohol use prevention, culturally responsive teaching and learning, and closing black-white achievement gaps.
“Effective and Culturally Responsive! A Look Inside Classrooms of Teachers who Closed Black-White Achievement Gaps,” presented at the:
10th Annual University of California at Santa Cruz New Teacher Center Symposium on Teacher Induction, February 3-5, 2008, San Jose, CA.
“What They Know and Can Do: A Look inside Classrooms of Teachers who have Closed Black-White Achievement Gaps,” presented at the
National Urban Alliance Teaching for Intelligence: Believe to Achieve Conference, March 28-30, 2008, Albany, NY.
American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, April 11, 2006, San Francisco, CA.
“Effective and Culturally Responsive: A Walk-Through Classrooms of Teachers who have Close Black-White Achievement Gaps”, National Center on Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCREST) Conference, February 7-9, 2007, Washington, DC.
“Effective Practices of Teachers who have Close Black-White Achievement Gaps,” April 11, 2006; & “Lessons on Effective and Culturally Responsive Instruction from Teachers of High-Performing African-American Students,” April 7, 2006, American Educational Research Assn (AERA) Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.
“Enhanced Pedagogical Approaches for Closing Achievement Gaps,” Seattle University Leading for Tomorrow Today Conference, May 14, 2005, Seattle, WA.
“Effective Instruction for High-Performing African-American Students in an Urban School District,” Eighth National Symposium on Teacher Induction: Blueprint for Success, February 6, 2005, San Jose, CA. Also presented at the:
“Effective Instruction for High-Performing African-American Students in an Urban School District,” presented at the:
National Staff Development Council’s (NSDC) 37th Annual Conference, December 7, 2005, Philadelphia, PA
2004 NSDC Conference, December 4-8, 2004, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
2004 Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision (COPIS) Conference, October 30, 2004, Seattle, WA.
“Teaching Strategies for High Performance Learning among African American Students in an Urban School District,” AERA Annual Conference, April 11-15, 2005, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
“Instruction for High Performing African American Students,” 2005 NAESP (National Association of Elementary School Principals) 84th Annual Convention, April 17, 2005, Baltimore, MD.
“Effective Teaching for High Performance Learning among African American Students,” Washington Educational Research Association, March 11, 2004, Seattle, WA.
“Using the Washington State Test Specifications to Guide Curriculum and Assessment,” Washington State WERA (Washington Educational Research Association) Conference, December, 1998, Seattle.
“Teaming for Effective and Culturally Responsive Classrooms,” presented at:
The 2011 ASCD Annual Conference, March 28, 2011; San Francisco, CA.
The Washington Association of Black School Educators, Seattle, WA; March 19, 2011; Seattle, WA.
“Effective and Culturally Responsive! A Look Inside Classrooms of Teachers who Closed Black-White Achievement Gaps,” presented at the:
WSAME [WA State Association for Multicultural Education] 2011 Multicultural Diversity Network, Book talk; January 28, 2011
2010 Oregon NAME [National Association for Multicultural Education] State Conference, May 24, 2010, Concordia University, Portland OR
WSAME [WA State Association for Multicultural Education] 2009 Winter Workshop, 12/9/2009, Seattle, WA.
“Delivering on the Promise: Processes, Policies, and Practices for Closing Achievement Gaps.” Washington Association for Multicultural Education, 13th Annual Multicultural Conference, October 27, 2007, Seattle, WA
“Practices of Highly Qualified Teachers of African American Students,” Washington Alliance of Black School Educators’ Annual Conference, October 12-13, 2007, Seattle, WA.
“What They Know and Can Do: A Look inside Classrooms of Teachers who have Closed Black-White Achievement Gaps,” presented at the:
WA Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Summer Conferences, to be presented June, July, and August, 2006, Spokane, Yakima, and SeaTac, WA.
National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Annual International Conference, November 9-13, 2005, Atlanta, GA.
“Effective And Culturally Responsive! Walking Through Classrooms of Teachers Who Closed Black-White Achievement Gaps,” 2007 WASA/AWSP Summer Conference, July 23 and 25, 2007, Spokane, WA. Also presented at:
WSSDA 2007 Northwest Conference on Celebrating Educational Opportunities for Diverse Students, April 27-29, 2007, Seattle, WA.
“Engineer the Future through Promising Processes, Policies, and Practices for Closing the Achievement Gap,” with Doug Boushey, 2007 WASA/AWSP Summer Conference, July 24, 2007, Spokane, WA.
“Can Large Scale Tests be Fair to All Students,” with Catherine Taylor and Yoosun Lee, WA State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) 35th Annual Conference, March 28-30, 2007, Seattle, WA.
“Effective Practices: Lessons from Teachers who have Closed Black-White Achievement Gaps,” 11th Annual Puget Sound Educational Service District Ready, Set, Goals Conference, July 25-27, 2006, Renton, WA.
“High Academic Achievement for African American Students: Effective Teacher Strategies,” Washington Association for Multicultural Education (WSAME) Fall Conference, October, 2006, Vancouver, WA.
“Effective Instruction for High-Performing African-American Students in an Urban School District,” Also presented at the:
OSPI Summer Institutes: Igniting Innovation, August 4, 2005, Tacoma, WA and August 8, 2005, Spokane, WA.
Superintendent and Leadership Forum, Washington Alliance of Black School Educators (WABSE) Conference, Keynote Speaker, March 17, 2005, Bellevue, WA.
Washington Educational Research Association, March 2-4, 2005, SeaTac, WA.
Kent School District, WA Multicultural Education School Representatives Meeting, January, 2005
OSPI 12th Annual January Conference, January 19-20, 2005, Seattle, WA.
“Effective Teaching for High Performance Learning among African American Students,” ASCD 2004 Annual Conference, March 21, 2004, New Orleans, LA.
“Right on Target! Developing Classroom-Based Observational Assessments” and “Developing Performance Tasks Using Textbooks Assignments,” ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) Conference on Teaching and Learning, October, 1999, Reno, Nevada.
“Developing Benchmark Performance Assessments,” Washington State ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) Conference, February, 1999, Seattle, WA. Also presented at the:
Puget Sound Educational Service District “Ready, Set, Goals” Summer Institute, August, 1998, Seattle, WA.
Youth Development, Workplace Safety and Violence Prevention
“Model Program Session: Washington Education Association’s School Safety Cadre,” National Education Association (NEA) Pacific Regional Leadership Conference, February, 1995, Anchorage, AK
“Project ALERT Exhibiter,” School Nurse Association of Washington Spring Conference, March 19-20, 1999, Richland, WA. Also exhibited at the:
Second Annual WA State Leaders in Prevention: Inspiring Hope Conference, November 20-22, 1997, Ocean Shores, WA.
Sharing the Vision VI Conference, Western Regional Center for Drug-Free Schools and Communities, January 30-February 1, 1995, Olympia, WA.
“Youth, Adults, and Guns” Conference, University of WA Human Policies Service Center and the WA Council on Crime and Delinquency, November 20, 1994, Seattle, WA.
“Community Organizing to Address Violence” Mini-Session, Washington Education Association Leadership Academy, August, 1996, Ellensburg, WA.
“Increasing School Safety and Discipline,” Washington Education Association Leadership Academy, August, 1996, Ellensburg, WA. Also presented at the:
Overview Presentation, WA State ASCD Conference, February, 1996, Seattle, WA.
WA State Classified and Instructional Support Staff Workshop, February, 1996, Olympia, WA.
Washington State Restructuring Conference, November 1995,andNovember 1994, SeaTac, WA.
Seattle Public Schools/Seattle Education Association, February, 1996 – August, 1997, Seattle School District Continuing Education Credit course, Seattle, WA.
WA State ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) Conference, February, 1995, Ellensburg, WA..
“Violence Intervention Module: lncreasing School Safety” and “Community Organizing to Address School Violence” Training of Trainers (TOT) Mini-Session, Washington Education Association Leadership Academy August, 1995, Ellensburg, WA.
“A Labor Response to Violence in the Workplace,” Washington Committee on Occupational Safety and Health Conference Planner and Presenter, June, 1995, Seattle, WA.
Certified Member of Pearson Assessment Services Division, Teacher Performance Assessment [TPA] Benchmarking Conference (Performing Arts, Physical Education, Visual Arts, World Language) (May 2012) San Antonio, TX
Vice President and Chair - Scholarship and Mentoring Committee (2010 - 2012). Urban Financial Services Coalition International – Puget Sound Chapter
Steering Committee Member and Vice-President, (2007-2008). WA Educators for Social Justice, the WA State affiliate of National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)
Steering Committee Member, KIRO Broadcasting, Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, and Puget Sound Coalition Against Prejudice’s A World of Difference Series
National and WA State Associations for Multicultural Education
Seattle Alliance of Black School Educators, Snohomish County NAACP, and Seattle Urban League
Puget Sound Educational Service District 121 Multicultural Task Force
WA OSPI/WEA School Safety and Violence Task Force
OSPI WA State Safe Schools Advisory Council
Seattle Schools Horizon Gifted Program Eligibility Criteria Committee
Seattle University, School of Education, Professional Education Advisory Board
David Patrick Bickham;
Chief Strategist, Bickham Innovation Catalysts, LLC;
Consultant - Atlanta, GA & McComb, MS
Bishop; Executive Director - The Center for Education Innovation (MSCEI),
200 South Lamar Street; Suite 100-S; Jackson, Mississippi 39201
Executive Director - Children Home Society of WA, North Seattle Family Center;
3200 NE 125th St.; Suite 2; Seattle, WA 98125
Phone: (206) 364-7930
President, Relevant Strategies,
117 East Louisa St, #215; Seattle, WA 98102
Executive Director, Horn of Africa Services;
4714 Rainier Avenue; Seattle, WA 98118
Dr. Catherine Taylor,
Associate Professor, Educational Psychology, College of Education, University of WA, Seattle, WA 98195
Sonja Griffin, Manager,
Early Learning Network, Seattle Human Services Department -Early Learning & Family Support;
700 5th Ave Suite 5800; PO Box 34215; Seattle, WA 98124-4215
Dr. Kathy Shoop,
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning,
Northwest Educational Service District (ESD) 189,
1601 R Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221
SwilKanim Richard Marshall,
Inspirational Entertainer, Lummi Nation, WA;
Member, NW ESD 189 Bias and Sensitivity Review Committee;
P O Box 614 Cashmere, WA 98815
Assessment and Research, WA OSPI, Old Capitol Bldg.,
PO Box 47200; Olympia, WA 98504-7200
Dr. Daisy Arredondo,
Professor, Educational Leadership, Policy and Technology Studies;
University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0231
Vice President, Best Foundation & Project ALERT;
725 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 1825; Los Angeles, CA 90017
(800) 253-7810 ext. 101;