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Karen L. Mapp

Senior Lecturer on Education at Harvard University

Major works

Mapp is the author of numerous publications including Having Their Say: Parents Describe How and Why They Are Engaged in Their Children's Learning (2002) and Title 1 and Parent Engagement: Lessons from the Past, Recommendations for the Future (2011). She is the coauthor with Mark Warren and the Community Organizing and School Reform Project at Harvard Graduate School of Education of A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform (2011). She is also the co-author of A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement (2002), Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family–School Partnerships (2007), Partners in Education: The Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships (2014), and From Private Citizens to Public Actors: The Development of Parent Leaders through Community Organizing (2015).

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About Me

Karen L. Mapp, Ed.D, is a Senior Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the Faculty Director of the Education Policy and Management Master’s Program. Over the past twenty years, Karen’s research and practice focus has been on the cultivation of partnerships among families, community members and educators that support student achievement and school improvement. She served as the co-coordinator with Professor Mark Warren of the Community Organizing and School Reform Research Project and as a core faculty member in the Doctorate in Educational Leadership (EDLD) program at HGSE. She is a founding member of the District Leaders Network on Family and Community Engagement, is a trustee of the Hyams Foundation in Boston, MA, and is on the board of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, DC. From 2011 to 2013, Karen served as a consultant on family engagement to the United States Department of Education in the Office of Innovation and Improvement. She currently serves as a consultant to the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) division of Scholastic, Inc.

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