Karen L. Mapp, Ed.D., is a senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the faculty director of the Education Policy and Management Master’s Program. She focuses on the cultivation of partnerships that support student achievement and school improvement. She was the co-coordinator of the Community Organizing and School Reform Research Project and a core faculty member in HGSE’s Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.L.D.) program. She is a founding member of the District Leaders Network on Family and Community Engagement, a trustee of the Hyams Foundation in Boston, MA, and on the board of the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C. Mapp served as a consultant on family engagement to the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Innovation and Improvement. She currently consults for the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) division of Scholastic, Inc.
Mapp holds a Doctorate and Master’s of Education from Harvard University in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, a Master’s in Counselor Education from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
Karen is the author of numerous publications including Title 1 and Parent Engagement: Lessons from the Past, Recommendations for the Future (2011). Her co-authored works include A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform (2011), Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family–School Partnerships (2007) and Partners in Education: The Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships (2014).