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Karl H. Clauset

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Karl H. Clauset is director of the National WFSG Center. He is an experienced school improvement coach and Whole-Faculty Study GroupĀ® trainer. Since 1999 he has helped more than ninety elementary, middle and high schools launch WFSG and has supported the schools through the implementation phase. He was the lead author, with Dale Lick and Carlene Murphy, for Schoolwide Action Research for Professional Learning Communities: Improving Student Learning Through the Whole-Faculty Study Groups Approach (Corwin Press, 2008), which focuses on the collaborative work teacher teams do to improve their teaching and increase student learning. He is also a senior consultant with Focus on Results and works with principals, school leadership teams, and central office staff to help them align and strengthen efforts to improve teaching and learning.

Previously, he worked as a site developer with ATLAS Learning Communities, a nationally recognized school reform program, and in standards-based reform and international education development at the Education Development Center. In his earlier careers in education, he was a teacher and administrator at the Jakarta International School in Indonesia, and taught in secondary schools in Philadelphia, Zambia and Tanzania. He received a national award from ASCD for the outstanding dissertation in supervision for his doctoral dissertation on the dynamics of effective schooling. As a faculty member at the Boston University School of Education, he taught graduate courses in educational policy analysis, organizational analysis, and planning. Before moving to western Washington in 2003, he served as an elected school board member and board chair for six years in his Massachusetts community.


  • School Change
  • Collaborative Learning
  • PLCs
  • Schoolwide action research



  • RESET: Transform PLCs into Impact Action Teams: Central office leaders, principals, and school leadership teams will learn how to assess their current practices for teacher collaboration and transform teacher teams into Impact Action Teams that assess, learn, plan, and act together to improve teacher practice and increase student learning.
  • Structure Collaboration Time for Effective Common Core Implementation: Central Office leaders, principals, and school leadership teams will learn how to become "change leaders" as they transform schools by focusing teacher collaboration time on implementing the Common Core, strengthening teacher classroom practice, and increasing student learning.
  • Launch Action Teams: Principals, school leadership teams, and central office leaders will learn how to apply the change creation system to create and sustain teacher action teams that are efficient, effective, and focused and improve teacher practice and increase student learning.