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Karen Power

Karen Power is an educational presenter and a former teacher, principal, superintendent, and senior advisor for professional learning and leadership. Karen has implemented the PLC process both as a principal and as a superintendent, and for several years, she has supported collaborative work in schools to meet the needs of students.

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Karen Power

Karen Power is an educational presenter and a former teacher, principal, superintendent, and senior advisor for professional learning and leadership. Karen has implemented the PLC process both as a principal and as a superintendent, and for several years, she has supported collaborative work in schools to meet the needs of students.

Currently, Karen’s work focuses on school improvement, PLC at Work coaching (virtually and in person), leadership coaching, and professional learning community implementation, as well as instruction, assessment, and evidence-based decisions for long-term sustainability. Karen leads professional learning, in the United States and Canada, focused on standards-based planning for teachers. She has also developed a passion for formative assessment practices for both classrooms and collaborative teams, working both on site in schools as well as at the district level. She publishes a school improvement blog, and she is coauthor of Leading With Intention: 8 Areas for Reflection and Planning in Your PLC at Work (2019); A Leader’s Guide to Reading and Writing in a PLC at Work (2021); as well as contributing to Charting the Course for Leaders, Lessons from Priority Schools in a PLC at Work (2021) and the Canadian edition of Learning by Doing (2019). Karen’s coaching and presentations (virtually and in person) include titles such as “Using your Great Power as a District/School Leader," “Back to the Basics: Deepening the PLC Process” and “School Improvement- One Step at a Time” and “Moving from Stuck to Doing- School Improvement with a focus on the Right Work.”

In 2010, 2011, and 2012, Karen was selected one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the Public Sector by the Women’s Executive Network. She also received the national Reader’s Digest Leadership in Education Award and was named one of the Outstanding People in the Atlantic Region by Atlantic Canada’s Progress magazine.

Karen has served on the Greater Moncton United Way Board, Moncton Rotary Board, Horizon Health Network board of directors, and Canadian Education Association board. Karen holds a master’s degree in school administration.

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Presentations by Karen Power

  • Continuous School Improvement Through a Professional Learning Community Structure
  • Using Standards- and Outcome-Based Planning to Focus Instruction
  • Data Rich and Information Poor: Changing the Cycle in Your School
  • Assessment as Feedback for Learning
  • Using Collaboration to Meet the Needs of Each Student
  • Leadership by Example Through the PLC Process
  • Speaking With One Voice: District Leadership Through the PLC Process
  • Removing Roadblocks in the PLC Process
  • Classroom Look-Fors in the PLC Process
  • Authentic Team Discussions in Your PLC

“We absolutely love working with Karen. She motivates and inspires us to do better.”

Christy Cross, principal, Huntsville Independent School District, Texas

“Karen is very personable and seems to understand the culture of the district and she is willing to listen.”

Willie Murdock, superintendent, Lee County School District, Arkansas

“Thank you Mrs. Karen for your suggestions and encouragement during this corona pandemic.”

Daniel Brewer, teacher, Rivercrest School Disctrict, Arkansas

“Karen knew how to focus the team on the subject and task. She always had good examples to illustrate what we were working on.”

Roxanne Joly, interim vice principal, Cree School Board