Karen Charles

Karen J. Charles

Education Research Analyst

Karen Charles, PhD, has more than 30 years of experience as a practitioner in science and mathematics education and is recognized for her expertise in professional development. Since 1993, Charles has managed the design and delivery of professional development services to mathematics and science educators in a six-state region in the Southeast for a federally funded regional educational laboratory. She has worked in collaboration with national leaders across the U.S. in studying and advancing the relationships between professional development and improved teacher and student performance in the areas of mathematics and science. She has designed and delivered over 100 workshops and presentations for regional and national audiences and has developed numerous tools and materials to support improvement in pedagogical strategies, classroom assessment, and standards-based instruction. Dr. Charles serves in leadership roles in several state and national science professional organizations.


PhD, Curriculum & Instruction, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; MA, Educational Supervision/Mathematics, Texas A&I University; BS, Biology, Florida State University.

Latest Publications

Glennie, E., Dempsey, T., Charles, K., Silvia, S., Rice, O., Dalton, B., et al. (2013). Re-designed high schools for transformed STEM learning: Mixed methods evaluation of an innovative STEM education approach.. Presented at Bridging the Gap 2013: Uniting North Carolina K-16 STEM education, Raleigh, NC, Oct 2013.
Charles, K. (2013). Using constructivist principles in professional development for STEM educators: What the constructivist masters have helped us learn. In Wojnowski, B.S. & Pea, C.H. (Eds.), Models and Approaches to STEM Professional Development (pp. 61-78). Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.
Wojnowski, B., Charles, K., Charles, K., Warnock, T.G., & Warnock, T.G. (2012). Why STEM? Why now? The challenge for U.S. education to promote STEM careers (Chapter 5). In Yager, R.E. (Ed.), Exemplary Science for Building Interest in STEM Careers . Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association.
Charles, K., Canales, J.D., Smith, A., & Zimmerman, N. (2012). Exploring the solar system? Let the Math teachers help!. Science Scope, 35 (6):37-44.
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