I have been writing, facilitating, and creating dynamic learning experiences with people of all ages and abilities for over 15 years. My work is inspired by somatics, the power of storytelling, the science of neuroplasticity, popular education (for the people, by the people), and lifelong learning in diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and transformative justice.
I have held many roles - intergenerational community organizer, bilingual special education teacher, circle keeper, team manager, mentor, coach, developmental play therapist, adult educator, ESL teacher, domestic worker, and caregiver. I'm also a published writer, interviewer, and public speaker.
As a special educator, I have skills in universal design, data analysis, crafting relevant, measurable performance objectives, coordinating teams, and action mapping for strategic change.
I love to get creative and to help people learn and grow by any means necessary.
I take an ethical, human-centered approach to technology and blended learning. Currently I'm upskilling with Articulate Storyline, Rise, Camtasia, Adobe Creative Suite, and other design and authoring tools. Click here for my portfolio and current offerings.
I am planning to re-design this site with a new web host soon - pardon the mess during this transition!
If you're still reading, thank you, and beware - I'm about to get vulnerable. I operate from the awareness that we are living in turbulent times. Life is short, and we have precious little time to waste on meaningless work. Earth is changing so fast it's hard to wrap our minds around it. Human health and society aren't what they used to be.
More than ever, we need to practice authenticity and humility. We need to be creative, collaborative, agile, and open to emergent strategy. Let us make space to reflect together. To design a more sustainable world. And to build it, one small act at a time.
Kate Duva O'Rourke (she/they) MFA in Creative Writing - Columbia College Follett Merit Award MA in Special Education - focus on Intergenerational Bilingual Education Restorative Justice Circle Keeper trained at CJYI, TRHT, and Amplify RJ