UH Mānoa College of Education (COE) Dean Donald Young has announced that Kathleen Berg is the director of the college’s Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG). Berg has been an educator and researcher for over 35 years, serving in a variety of roles at the COE, CRDG, and University Laboratory School (ULS). Associate director at CRDG for nine years, Berg holds a doctorate in educational psychology and has been teaching students at all grade levels and conducting research and evaluation for much of her career.
Berg’s experience includes project management, mathematics teaching, and curriculum development at CRDG as well as teacher education and research as faculty with the Masters of Education in Teaching Program. She has been the principal investigator, director, or co-director of a number of projects at CRDG, including the middle school project at ULS and several externally funded projects in K–12 mathematics curriculum development and school safety.
Berg's work has resulted in presentations, reports, and publications on diverse topics, such as mathematics education, teacher education and professional development schools, cooperative learning, critical thinking, computer assisted instruction, safe and drug-free schools, student support systems, and issues of military dependent education.
In 2009, Berg was appointed as the Hawaiʻi State Commissioner for the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children and currently serves as chair of the national commissioner. She retired in 2009 as a brigadier general in the Hawaiʻi Air National Guard where she served as a traditional, part-time guard member for over thirty years.
“We are honored to have Kathy in this new role, and I am thrilled that she has agreed to take on this important and challenging task in the College of Education. The work of CRDG is vital to improving education in Hawai‘i, one of five priorities we are focusing on as we continue to build capacity within the college” said Dean Donald Young.