Shayla Cornick

Director, Educators Rising


Dr. Shayla Cornick, Director of Educators Rising, is an experienced researcher, educator and leader with a strong passion for education, and an unyielding desire to help others. With over 15 years of experience in education, Dr. Cornick has served as a 6th grade mathematics teacher, school administrator and educational researcher. She has expertise in the needs analysis, design and implementation of efficacy evaluations, and extensive experience in the design of instructional resources to include student assessments and professional development content.

Prior to joining PDK, she also worked as the Director of Research and Evaluation for Discovery Education. In this role, she developed an in-depth understanding of the systemic challenges faced by educators and students, and led the development of tools and resources to identify, communicate and address their needs.Through each of her roles, Dr. Cornick has continuously sought opportunities to enhance educational experiences for both teachers and students.

Dr. Cornick received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Spelman College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Doctor of Education from George Washington University.

About PDK International

Established in 1906, PDK International supports teachers and school leaders by strengthening their interest in the profession through the entire arc of their career.

We honor educators as professionals who learn daily from their work and want to share their knowledge with others to transform the lives of their students and their own specialized work.

As a social sector organization, we elevate the discourse around teaching and learning with the goal of transforming the student experience to ensure that every child has access to a high-quality education.