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  • Karen Mapp, Ed.D

    Karen Mapp, Ed.D

    Senior Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education

    Dr. Mapp is a senior lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), the faculty director of the education policy and management master’s program, and a core faculty member in the doctorate in educational leadership (EDLD) program at HGSE. Over the past 20 years, her 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 is a founding member of the District Leaders Network on family and community engagement as well as the national family and community engagement working group. Dr. Mapp is also on the board of the National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) in Washington, DC. From 2011 to 2013, Dr. Mapp served as a consultant on family engagement to the United States Department of Education in the office of innovation and improvement.

    Dr. Mapp holds a doctorate and master’s of education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a master’s in education from Southern Connecticut State University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Trinity College. She is the author and co-author of several articles and books about the role of families and community members in student achievement and school improvement. Learn more at

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