George Lucas Educational Foundation

Karen Harris

High School English Teacher

Karen Harris, Ed.D., a long-time (27 year) high school English teacher, writer, and researcher. Harris most recently taught in Brookline High School’s democratic program, School Within a School. She is a researcher on the teaching of poetry, and worked with Robert Pinsky for 17 years as teacher-leader at the Favorite Poem Project’s Institute for Educators.


  • Critical Thinking

    How to Lead Students to Engage in Higher Order Thinking

    Asking students a series of essential questions at the start of a course signals that deep engagement is a requirement.