Karen Reinhardt is a former Co-Director of the Center for Science Education (having worked at the Center as a Program Associate for several years prior to becoming Co-Director.) She left the Center in July, 2002 to pursue graduate study in educational administration and supervision.
Karen’s responsibilities at the Center included working with the project team on a National Science Foundation-funded grant to develop video and print materials for professional developers helping teachers incorporate inquiry-oriented science and continuous assessment into their classrooms. She also provided direct professional development services in science inquiry and continuous assessment to teachers, teacher leaders, and other professional developers, both locally and nationally. Prior to working at the Center, Karen served as Professional Development Coordinator for the National Gardening Association in Burlington, Vermont.
While there she directed the professional development component of the National Science Foundation-funded Growing Science Inquiry Project. This role included working with leadership teams of teachers, administrators, and horticultural partners in twelve school districts nationally to support teachers to implement inquiry-based science with plants. As part of this work, she co-authored the Growlab Consultants' Toolkit and the Windows on the Classroom video series and Facilitator's Guide.
Karen has a Bachelor's degree in Child Study from Tufts University, and was the recipient of the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study Award for outstanding scholarship and teaching potential. She holds a Vermont Level II: Professional Educator’s License, with endorsements in Early Childhood and K-6 Education.