Kendra Fehrer

Kendra Fehrer
Founder and Principal,
Heartwise Learning

Kendra Fehrer is founder and principal of Heartwise Learning, an independent consultancy helping mission-driven organizations better serve the whole child, family, and community. Fehrer has served as a senior researcher at the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University and as research director for the Community Schools Learning Exchange. Her current research and consulting work focuses on newcomer education, family engagement, strengthening community schools, and school-based supports for mental health and well-being. She is the author of numerous articles and co-author of two books, including The Way We Do School: The Making of Oakland’s Full-Service Community School District (Harvard Education Press 2020). She received her PhD in anthropology from Brown University.

updated 2023

Publications by Kendra Fehrer
Creating a School for Newcomer Youth
This study highlights the collaborative efforts undertaken to create a temporary school called Futuro Brillante in San Diego County, California, to provide educational services for more than 3,000 unaccompanied undocumented minors who had newly…
California is prioritizing equity in education post-COVID-19 by investing in community schools. Districts have an important leadership responsibility to develop the conditions, capacities, and resources for effective, sustainable community schools.…