Carolyn J. Downey is the creator of the walk-through process. She is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in the <_st13a_place><_st13a_placetype>College of <_st13a_placename>Education at <_st13a_place><_st13a_placename>San Diego <_st13a_placetype>State <_st13a_placetype>University. Dr. Downey was formerly the Superintendent of Schools for the Kyrene<_o3a_p>
<_st13a_place>School District, <_st13a_place><_st13a_city>Phoenix-Tempe, <_st13a_state>Arizona. She is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer, and has assisted many of the nation’s largest school systems in improving student achievement via the walk-through process. One such district is the <_st13a_place><_st13a_city>Houston, <_st13a_state>Texas, <_st13a_place><_st13a_placename>Independent <_st13a_placetype>School District which has been recognized by the Council of Great City Schools as one of the nation’s four urban school systems closing the achievement gap. Dr. Downey is the originator of the 50 Ways to Close the Achievement Gap training program and publication. She received her M.S. from the <_st13a_place><_st13a_placetype>University of <_st13a_placename>Southern California and her Ed.D. from <_st13a_place><_st13a_placename>Arizona <_st13a_placetype>State <_st13a_placetype>University.