Kawthar Duncan

Kawthar Duncan

Teacher at Oakland Unified School District

San Francisco Bay Area
Education Management

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Kawthar Duncan's Overview


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Kawthar Duncan's Summary

Passionate educator and certified teacher with 5+ years of experience working with students of diverse backgrounds including early childhood, elementary, secondary, special needs and English Language Learners. Extensive leadership experience as well.

Credentials in the state of California:
Clear Education Specialist credential (Mild/Moderate Specialty)
Autism authorization
English Language Learner authorization
Preliminary multiple subject teaching credential
Preliminary Administrative Services credential

Kawthar Duncan's Certifications

  • Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

    • Commission on Teacher Credentialing
    • January 2014 to February 2019
  • Clear Education Specialist Credential

    • Commission on Teacher Credentialing
    • June 2014 to July 2019
  • Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential

    • Commission on Teacher Credentialing
    • August 2011 to September 2016

Kawthar Duncan's Education

University of California, Berkeley

Bay Area Writing Project 2014 Fellow, Teacher Consultant (Writing)


The Bay Area Writing Project, based at the University of California, Berkeley, is an organization of, by, and for teachers of writing at all grade levels and in all disciplines, dedicated to improving the teaching and uses of writing through a variety of programs–both on the university campus and in the schools of the Bay Area.
Working from a firm belief in the power of classroom‑tested knowledge, the writing project chooses as consultants successful practicing teachers who have participated in the Invitational Summer Institute on the Berkeley campus. These Teacher Consultants work with teachers in all subject areas, sharing best practices and working with teachers on their own writing. Throughout the academic year our Teacher Consultants conduct inservice workshops in district‑sponsored programs. Each inservice series is designed to meet the needs of the teachers in the district involved.

Alliant International University-San Francisco Bay

Clear mild/moderate Education Specialist Credential, Special Education and Teaching


Collaborative Field Mentoring & Seminar (Semester 1)
Collaborative Field Mentoring & Seminar (Semester 2)
Advanced Research, Theory, and Assessment
Education, Mental Health, and Community Collaboration for the Mild/Moderately Disabled Student

Oakland Practitioner Teacher Program

Preliminary mild/moderate Education Specialist Credential, Special Education and Teaching


Autism authorization
English Language Learner authorization

University of Michigan-Dearborn

Master of Art in Educational Leadership, Educational Leadership


Activities and Societies: Golden Key National Honor Society

University of Michigan-Dearborn

Bachelor's of Arts with Elementary Education Certi, Elementary Education/Social Studies-Language Arts


Activities and Societies: Student Activities Board, Volunteer Dearborn, Orientation Leader, Alternative Spring Break

Kawthar Duncan's Experience

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Education Management industry

August 2013Present (1 year 2 months) Futures Elementary School

Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Individual & Family Services industry

July 2012July 2013 (1 year 1 month) San Francisco Bay Area

Increased student participation and engagement by 90% as measured by daily behavior reports; Managed and monitored mental health and educational goals for nine students; Developed instructional assessments to measure academic progress in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics; Taught designated subjects and students within milieu by planning and implementing best practices to meet IEP goals and address academic standards; Mentored and guided Instructional Specialists, Mental Health Specialists, and Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist to best meet the needs of the students; Collaborated with multi-disciplinary milieu team of seven to improve educational services and contribute toward successful interdisciplinary functioning of the milieu; Ensured necessary communication across campus and with parents/caregivers regarding educational issues and progress; Provided safe, effective, efficient, and culturally competent and consumer centered implementation of direct care in accordance with established policies, procedures, and standards of care.

Special Education Teacher

Seneca Center Family of Agencies

Nonprofit; 501-1000 employees; Mental Health Care industry

August 2011June 2012 (11 months) San Leandro, CA

Teach for America (TFA) placement. Non public school for Emotionally Disturbed students in the Bay Area. Utilize the Understanding by Design (UBD) template for Algebra, English, World Cultures, and Vocational Education. Write math and English goals for Individualized Education Plans (IEP). Discuss and write Individual Transition Plan (ITP) goals with students in the areas of education/training, employment, and independent living. Implement the Program and Policy (P&P) behavior support system throughout the day. Attend required trainings in Ahimsa, Child Abuse Detection, and Impact of Trauma on Child Development. Serve as a Vocational Counselor for the students on case load. Provide opportunities for students to gain transition skills by planning field trips to the DMV, volunteer in the community, and college visits. Monitor student academic progress by conducting pre/post assessments in comprehension, fluency, and math. Attend weekly supervision meeting to discuss positives, areas of growth, and monitor own progress towards professional goals.

Special Education Teacher

Teach for America

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Education Management industry

May 2011July 2011 (3 months) Greater Los Angeles Area

Selected from more than 47,000 applicants nationwide to join national teacher corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in under-resourced public schools. Participate in intensive training program to develop the skills and knowledge needed to achieve significant gains in student achievement. Teach in a summer school program for students in Los Angeles Unified public schools, under the supervision of a faculty of experienced teachers. Engage in a full schedule of professional development activities, including seminars, discussion groups, workshops, individual and group reflections, readings, and ‘learning teams’ specific to my teaching license area.

Third Grade Teacher

Global Educational Excellence

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Public Relations and Communications industry

August 2009May 2011 (1 year 10 months)

Designed daily lesson plans to meet the needs of three special education students and twenty-one English language Learners. Designed a student-centered classroom by seeking input from students. Implemented Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) strategies. Received professional development in differentiated instruction, guided reading/writing, ESL/ELL strategies, Positive Behavior Support (PBS), and Response to Intervention. Integrated technology in daily lessons using tools such as the Smart Board, computer lab, and Internet based tools such as Google Docs. Communicated and collaborated effectively with parents, teachers, and staff by developing weekly newsletters, grade-level meetings, and discussion groups. Analyzed data from the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to identify the strengths and weaknesses of our students. Promoted inclusion in the classroom by working together with the special education teacher and reading specialist. Developed a “Meet the Author” event for 3rd grade students to share their writing with families and community member. Developed a “Congressional Hearing” event for 4th grade students to share their ideas of civic engagement with parents and community leaders.

After School Program Coordinator

Global Educational Excellence

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Public Relations and Communications industry

September 2010January 2011 (5 months)

Selected from 25 certified teacher to coordinate and improve the after school program. Developed all necessary forms such as registration, contact, and discipline policies for the program. Analyzed data for 250 students to ensure successful placement in the program. Led and managed a group of ten teachers in the decision-making process of improving the program. Developed a spreadsheet on Google Docs to track performance of the students. Dealt with parent and student issues. Negotiated changes with the principal such as attendance and dismissal procedures. Utilized resources for proper instruction. Documented teacher hours and performance for Human Resources.

Safari Camp Instructor

Detroit Zoological Society

Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Museums and Institutions industry

June 2010August 2010 (3 months)

Supervised camper group and delivered an exemplary level of camp experience. Monitored radio traffic at all times and used correct radio procedure. Followed program outlines such as zoo tours, crafts, and activities. Led campers on zoo tours and during activities. Communicated effectively with supervisors, instructors, and aides. Discussed any health concerns, especially medications and allergies with supervisors and aides

Educational Institution; 11-50 employees; Education Management industry

October 2008July 2009 (10 months)

Adapt classroom lesson plans to accommodate students with different needs. Assess students in reading and math throughout the semester. Create and teach hands on activities in the areas of reading and math. Receive training to meet physical needs of a paraplegic student. Communicate and work with Occupational and Physical Therapist on a weekly basis. Attend doctor appointments and special meetings regarding student progress. Develop a schedule that enables one-on-one tutoring with various students. Serve as a building substitute throughout the school year during emergency times. Work to establish a structure for an Autistically Impaired student

Reading Manager/Tutor

Beyond Basics

March 2008July 2008 (5 months)

Carried on daily supervision of the reading program and 15 tutors at the school. Attended weekly administrative meetings to improve the company/programs. Shared responsibility for the hiring and training of staff reading tutors. Worked on a team of three to complete the writing of the company operations manuals. Tutored six students in the subject areas of reading and writing. Planned various activities throughout the year to integrate reading and other subject areas.

Kawthar Duncan's Languages

  • Arabic

Kawthar Duncan's Skills & Expertise

  1. Arabic
  2. Educational Leadership
  3. Special Education
  4. Teaching
  5. Tutoring
  6. Supervisory Skills
  7. Administration
  8. Understanding by Design Unit Plans
  9. Response to Intervention
  10. RTI
  11. Higher Education
  12. Public Speaking
  13. Elementary Education
  14. Lesson Planning
  15. Fundraising
  16. Differentiated Instruction
  17. Classroom

Kawthar Duncan's Additional Information

Groups and Associations:
Honors and Awards:

UM-Dearborn Child Development Center Employee of the Month 07/2007

United Way of Southeastern Michigan Success Story 2007

UM-Dearborn Outstanding Civic Engagement Award 2007

Michigan Campus Compact: Heart & Soul Award 2006

Comcast Student Leader Scholarship 2003

UM-Dearborn Student Leader Scholarship 2003

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