Aspasia Carlson

Aspasia Carlson

Aspasia Carlson is currently serving her seventh year as principal of John Marshall Mid-High Enterprise School in Oklahoma City Public Schools. During her tenure, she has worked successfully to change the community’s perception of this diverse urban school through a number of positive events and student accomplishments.

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Aspasia Carlson

Aspasia Carlson is the daughter of immigrant parents and a native of Seattle, Washington, where she grew up and graduated from the University of Washington. She then moved to Texas and then Oklahoma. Dr. Carlson is currently serving her seventh year as the principal of John Marshall High Enterprise School in Oklahoma City Public Schools. She has worked successfully to change the community’s perception of this diverse urban school through a number of positive events and student accomplishments. Over 80% of the student population qualifies for free and reduced lunches, and the school has an 81% graduation rate and is recognized by Solution Tree as a Model Professional Learning Community School.

Dr. Carlson was named Oklahoma High School Principal of the Year for 2017–18 and was awarded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Scholarship to attend the 2017 Women Leading Education International conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in July 2017. Prior to her time in OKCPS, Dr. Carlson taught English language arts in Dallas Independent School District and trained teachers on advanced-placement strategies through Laying the Foundation, Inc. (now the National Math & Science Initiative, Inc.).

Dr. Carlson received her doctoral degree in educational administration and leadership from Texas A&M University at Commerce, her master’s degree in educational administration from Texas Woman’s University, and holds her superintendent’s certification through the University of Oklahoma. Additionally, she recently completed a 14-month certification with the National Institute of School Leadership in Washington, DC, and trains school administrators on effective instructional and operational leadership throughout the state of Oklahoma.

PLC at Work™

Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, Rebecca DuFour, Mike Mattos, Anthony Muhammad, and Tim Brown, the champions of PLC at Work™, are among the foremost authorities on applying PLC principles in the real world of schools. They consult with state departments, professional organizations, and school districts worldwide on strategies for improving schools.

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Presentation titles by Aspasia Carlson

  • Transforming School Culture through PLCs
  • Creating Rubrics for Authentic Assessment
  • Curriculum & Assessment Planning
  • Multicultural Education
  • School Turnaround Leadership through Community Engagement