Kathie F Nunley, EdD

Kathie delights teachers from around the world with her practical and inspirational solutions to the challenges of today’s diverse classrooms. Her popular seminars and workshops combine classroom experience with her current brain-imaging research. A noted speaker at state, national and international conferences, Dr. Nunley is the author of many books and articles on the brain and teaching in mixed-ability classrooms. Her work has been used by institutions and publications around the globe, including Family Circle magazine, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Canadian Living, and the Washington Post. She is the developer of the Layered Curriculum® method of instruction and has spent over 15 years as a classroom teacher in both urban and suburban schools.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Kathie F. Nunley 
Milford, NH 03055
phone: (603) 249-9521
Email: Kathie (at) brains.org 


Ed.D. Child and Youth Studies: Curriculum Development & Systemic Change, 1998 Nova Southeastern University
M.Ed. Counseling Psychology 1981 University of Central Oklahoma 
B.A. Psychology 1980 University of Central Oklahoma


Developer of the Layered Curriculum® method of instruction and leading proponent of differentiation of high school classrooms. 
International consultant on differentiation. 
Founder: Brains.org

Presentations & Teacher Trainings: Hundreds of keynote and full day seminars on Differentiating Instruction with Layered Curriculum and Brain-Based Learning for state, national and international organizations including: 

~Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
~National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
~Leiden University, the Netherlands
~The Special Needs Association of Botswana
~The Autism Network of Namibia 
~Southern African Association for Learning and Educational Differences (SAALED) 
~Central East Asia Region of Overseas Schools (CERCOS)
~Inclusion strategies for Independent Schools of South Africa 
~International Schools of Switerzerland
~Council for Exceptional Children
~St Bonaventure University
~University of Nebraska
~University of Florida
~Texas A & M University 
~National School Conference Institute (NSCI)
~Institute for Professional Development (IPD)
~The Boeing Company 
~Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)

~School Districts and Regional Training Centers in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Saskachewan, Quebec, and Ontario.



2011: Enhancing your Layered Curriculum Classroom: Tips, Tune-ups and Technology, Brains.org ISBN: 978-1929358-17-5

2008Differentiating the High School Classroom: Facilitator’s Guide. Corwin Press: 978-1-4129-6595-8

2008: The Successful Educator’s Guide to earning Extra Income. Brains.org. ISBN: 978-1-929358-15-1

2006: Curriculum Planning: A Contemporary Approach, 8th ed. (contributing author) Allyn & Bacon. ISBN: 9780205449606 

2005Differentiating the High School Classroom: Solution strategies for 18 common obstacles. Corwin Press. ISBN 1-412917-16-6

2005 Layered Curriculum Workbook, 2nd edition. Brains.org ISBN: 978-1929358-1-44

2004 Layered Curriculum: The practical solution for teachers with more than one student in their classroom.2nd edition. Brains.Org. 
ISBN 1-929358-12-1

A Student’s Brain: The parent/teacher manual. Brains.Org
ISBN 1-929358-11-3

 Layered Curriculum: The workbook. Brains.Org. ISBN 1-929358-10-5

2001 Layered Curriculum: The practical solution for teachers with more than one student in their classroom. ISBN 1-929358-08-3

1999 The Regular Educator’s Guide to the Brain
1998 The Regular Educator’s Guide to Layered Curriculum. 
1998 Keegan: Looking at the World Through Autism. 
1997 The Regular Educator’s Guide to Special Ed, Parent’s Edition
1997 The Regular Educator’s Guide to Special Ed.


 Dozens of articles on inclusion, brain biology and adolescents available at: http://help4teachers.com and http://brains.org 

2003 (Sept) “Layered Curriculum Brings Teachers to Tiers” Education Digest. 

 (May) “Giving Credit Where Credit is Due” Principal Leadership (NASSP)

 (March). “Active Research Leads to Active Classrooms”. Principal Leadership. (NASSP) 

2000 (Feb) “In Defense of Oral Defense”. Classroom Leadership (ASCD). 

1997. “Lambratu Rahman, Biochemist and Molecular Biologist”, In Women Life Scientists: Past, Present and Future: Connecting Role Models to the Classroom Curriculum. Matyas, M & Haley-Oliphant, A. (Eds.) The American Physiological Society, Bethesda, MD. 

1996. “Going for the Goal”. The Science Teacher, September. 

1996. “Making DNA Fingerprints”. The Science Teacher, March. 

1996. “Increasing Time on Task and Decreasing Failure Rates in High School Biology by Variations in Teaching Strategies”. Doctoral Report,CYS; Practicum, Cluster #73: 2471. available from Nova Southeastern University library


1990 – 2004
High School Teacher (Biology, Psychology) Granger High School, West Valley City, Utah.
College Adjunct Faculty Instructor (Psychology)- Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Adjunct Instructor (Psychology) – Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah 
Curriculum design and Instruction. Instructor – Educational Psychology: (concurrent professional development and Utah State University) Teacher, High School Teacher (Biology) Byrd High School, Shreveport, LA
High School Teacher (Biology) Fairpark High School, Shreveport, LA. 
Instructor, Caddo Parish, teacher in-service program “Inquiry Science for K-3”.


Review Board Member: Journal for Staff Development 
Member: American Psychological Association (APA)
Member: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Member: Kappa Delta Pi