Karen Gross Higher Education Expert

Karen is an educator and an author. Prior to becoming a college president, she was a tenured law professor for two plus decades. Her academic areas of expertise include trauma, toxic stress, consumer finance, overindebtedness and asset building in low income communities. She currently serves as Senior Counsel at Finn Partners Company. From 2011 to 2013, She served (part and full time) as Senior Policy Advisor to the US Department of Education in Washington, DC. She was the Department's representative on the interagency task force charged with redesigning the transition assistance program for returning service members and their families. From 2006 to 2014, she was President of Southern Vermont College, a small, private, affordable, four-year college located in Bennington, VT. In Spring 2016, she was a visiting faculty member at Bennington College in VT. She also teaches part-time st Molly Stark Elementary School, also in Vt. She is also an Affiliate of the Penn Center for MSIs. She is the author of adult and children’s books, the most recent of which are titled Breakaway Learners (adult) and  Lucy’s Dragon Quest. Karen holds a bachelor degree in English and Spanish from Smith College and Juris Doctor degree (JD) in Law from Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law.

 
Students Are Struggling: Ways to Help their Mental Health Now

Students Are Struggling: Ways to Help their Mental Health Now

I am worried, after listening to teachers over the past weeks, about the mental health of our students.

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Making Connections Literally and Figuratively: A Classroom Idea for PreK — 5th Grades

Making Connections Literally and Figuratively: A Classroom Idea for PreK — 5th Grades

I have been particularly worried of late with the start of school in person in some areas that the masks and social distancing within the school building will present hurdles for many children.

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It's Time for Educational Innovation: It Won't Be Easy

It's Time for Educational Innovation: It Won't Be Easy

For an educator, it is downright frightening to watch and, in the interest of full disclosure, participate in the debacle that now exists across the early childhood-adulthood educational landscape.

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The Word “Trauma” is Traumatic for Some Folks: So Shall We Replace It?

The Word “Trauma” is Traumatic for Some Folks: So Shall We Replace It?

So, I have a new book with the word “trauma” in the title (released June 2020 from Teachers College Press).

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Ponder Installation Art as an Antidote to Our Pandemic Reactions

Ponder Installation Art as an Antidote to Our Pandemic Reactions

Whether the setting is schools or colleges or workplaces, we can use installation art initiatives as a way to enabling people to process what is occurring in our complex COVID world, now made more complex with racial tensions, economic uncertainty, elections and absence of stability across the globe.

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