Karen is a highly effective practitioner in education professional development and joined the CORE Education team in 2010 after five years working in blended educational professional development and consultancy, and 13 years in teaching and middle management (Years 7-13), both in New Zealand and the UK.
Confident in blended approaches to professional learning, she is an inspiring facilitator with a national reputation. Karen is experienced with in-depth, evidence-based PD models, in the context of elearning and online communities of practice; her contribution to online communities such as Enabling eLearning (2011), English Online (2003-09), PD Online (2010) and her management of English/ESOL/Literacy Online (08/09) illustrates her passion for online learning for teachers.
She has a proven commitment to learner-centred pedagogy and quality-assured client-focused projects, with a sound knowledge of curriculum and pedagogies; she has undertaken extensive consultancy work in curriculum and assessment projects for the Ministry of Education, NZQA, and for international agencies (Qatar, Fiji).
Karen has contributed to research-based protocols to guide online facilitation (Coogan & Bowker, 2009) and user-driven online search (MoE/Learning Media, 2010), has developed strategy to guide business use of social media, and is a front-end user and early adopter of technology.
"I often describe myself as a bit of a geek on the sly, and my passion for playing with technology has spilled over into my passion for professional learning. I am fascinated by the opportunities that technologies offer to help educators explore their practice in ways that are flexible, connected and engaging. I enjoy big picture strategising around ’what works’ for all learners, as well as one-to-one mentoring and group workshops."