As writer-in-residence at The Education Trust, Karin leads the organization’s efforts to learn from and write about successful and improving schools with significant populations of children of color and children living in poverty.
She is author most recently of Schools that Succeed: How Educators Marshal the Power of Systems for Improvement (Harvard Education Press, 2017) and the producer of ExtraOrdinary Districts, Ed Trust’s podcast that explores what ordinary districts do to get extraordinary results for students.
Her other books are “It’s Being Done:” Academic Success in Unexpected Schools (2007), and How It’s Being Done: Urgent Lessons from Unexpected Schools (2009) and, co-authored with Christina Theokas, Getting It Done: Leading Academic Success in Unexpected Schools (2011) — all published by Harvard Education Press.
She also writes for The Huffington Post on schools and education.
Karin has spoken widely about the work of successful educators, including at the Oklahoma Visions 2020 conference, Title I principal conferences in Virginia and Maryland, the Iowa Governor’s Education Summit, the Illinois Coalition of High Schools, the American Federation of Teachers’ QuEST conference, and, with Christina Theokas, at the Learning Forward national conference, Western Kentucky University, Rutgers University-Camden, and the Hume Region principals conference in Melbourne, Australia.
Before joining Ed Trust, Karin wrote a weekly column on schools and education for The Washington Post. Before that, she was senior writer and executive editor for Black Issues In Higher Education (now Diverse). As a freelance writer, she wrote for such publications as Education Week, American Teacher, American Educator, School Library Journal, and the Washington Post Magazine. In addition, she was an active parent volunteer throughout her children’s public schooling in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Karin holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism and a bachelor’s from Barnard College.
Superpower/Secret Talent: whistling and humming at the same time
Weakness: Iced coffee on a hot day; hot coffee on a cold day
Favorite Sports Team: Nationals
What drew you to education? We all have a responsibility to take part in the creation of a “more perfect union”; providing an excellent education to all children is the bedrock of that responsibility. And if we don’t get it right all other efforts will be fruitless.