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Katey Arrington Joins the Dana Center as Director of Systemic Transformation

January 25, 2024|By Dana Center Communications

The Charles A. Dana Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Katey Arrington has joined the team as the director of systemic transformation. Her first official day with the Center will be January 29, 2024.
Katey ArringtonIn this new role, Arrington will lead the Dana Center’s programmatic work at scale to help systems ensure they are providing each and every student with a modern mathematics, science, and early literacy education.
“Dr. Arrington brings breadth and depth of experience and success in tackling systemic issues in K–16 mathematics education. Her work shows a firm commitment to centering students and aligns with the mission of the Center,” said Dr. Afi Y. Wiggins, Dana Center managing director. “We look forward to Katey rejoining the Center in this new leadership role.”
Dr. Arrington is serving in the presidential line for NCSM: Leadership in Mathematics Education, as president-elect September 2022 to October 2023, president from October 2023 to fall of 2025, and past president from fall of 2025 to 2026. NCSM is the premier mathematics education leadership organization. It fosters bold leadership in the mathematics education community to develop vision, ensure support, and guarantee that all students engage in high-quality mathematical experiences that lead to powerful, flexible uses of mathematical understanding to affect their lives and to improve the world.

Most recently, Dr. Arrington served as the associate director for the UTeach Institute. She directed the implementation and evaluation of program initiatives to expand and strengthen secondary STEM education, supporting the national expansion of the UTeach secondary STEM teacher preparation program and UTeach networks and supports. She contributed to strategic planning and development for the Institute and managed the daily operations, grants, and contracts for all programs and initiatives.

“Joining the Dana Center team in this new role will allow me to broaden my impact across the country through effective implementation of systemic solutions,” said Dr. Arrington. “When systems adapt to the needs of their students, we see improved outcomes. I’m excited to be at the Center again as we work to create meaningful change for students.”

For nearly a decade, Dr. Arrington led the K–12 system services work at the Dana Center, developing and facilitating system-level change innovations and professional learning for educators in multiple states and districts. Prior to that position, she had served in instructional leadership roles at the campus and district levels, including five years as a district mathematics coordinator in Texas. She is a former high school math teacher and community college mathematics instructor.

Dr. Arrington earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in educational policy and planning through the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her Master of Arts degree in mathematics education and her Bachelor of Science in mathematics with a teaching option through the UTeach program at The University of Texas.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Arrington into this new role! 

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