Speaker, Author and Educator
Organization: Inclusive Schooling, LLC
Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Ph.D. is a highly sought-after speaker, accomplished author, and educators’ educator. She began her career as an early interventionist and then spent 16 years as a tenured professor at Kent State University. While at Kent State, she directed 13 federal grants, mentored 100s of graduate students, and authored many articles, chapters, and books related to supporting young children in inclusive settings. Dr. Pretti-Frontczak was one of the original co-creators of the Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System for Infants and Young Children, and alongside her mentor Dr. Diane Bricker, pioneered research related to embedding instruction into daily activities. She also played a primary role in conducting one of the first treatment validity studies on authentic assessment and worked extensively to validate standards for rating the quality of early childhood assessments. She is a past president of the International Division for Early Childhood and a recipient of the Merle B. Karnes Award for Service to the Division. She has conducted research and written extensively on the topics of tiered interventions and how to support systems change in early care and education. Over the past decade, her work has centered on raising the emotional intelligence of educational leaders, including those forging a bridge between preschool and Kindergarten. By raising the emotional intelligence of educational leaders, kinder, more inclusive, and more creative schools are built. Since 2013 she has followed her true passion for designing and delivering transformative professional development as a spcoa; entrepreneur. She currently partners with Dr. Julie Causton from Inclusive Schooling to create schools where all students flourish and educational systems, practices, and spaces are reimagined. To date, she has accumulated over 50,000 hours of helping educators and leaders work from a place of compassion, hope, and love in locations from Cincinnati to Singapore.