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Karen Hunter Quartz | Research Director for UCLA Community Schools, UCLA

Karen Hunter Quartz | Research Director for UCLA Community Schools, UCLA

Current Position and Past Experience
Dr. Karen Hunter Quartz currently serves as the Research Director for UCLA Community Schools. Quartz is also adjunct professor in the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Throughout her career, Quartz has co-authored several articles for publications like Teachers College Record and Equity and Excellence in Education.

Quartz’s research, teaching, and writing focus on new school development; the struggle to recruit, prepare, and retain good urban teachers; the measurement of effective teaching; and the use of data and research to improve practice in schools. In 2007, Dr. Quartz led the design team to create the UCLA Community School, a K-12 university-partnered neighborhood public school. She is currently working on an effort to design a second UCLA Community School site in collaboration with Horace Mann Middle School in South Los Angeles. Her role as the schools’ research director involves supporting research-practice partnerships on a variety of topics, including: dual language learning; formative assessment; improvement cycles; technology integration; and college-going culture and postsecondary pathways.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Quartz earned her BA in Philosophy from Huron College and her MA in Philosophy of Science from the University of Western Ontario. Quartz earned her PhD in Education from UCLA. The author of numerous articles and two books, she has received the Outstanding Book Award from the American Educational Research Association, the Outstanding Writing Award from the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and the Advancement in Research Award from the Teacher-Powered Schools Initiative.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Outside of work, Quartz enjoys cycling and spending time with her family in Muskoka.

You can connect with Karen Quartz through Twitter @karenquartz1.

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