George Lucas Educational Foundation

Karen Lea

Assessment Developer, Instructional Designer, Project Manager, Teacher

Karen Lea holds a PhD in education and an MS in business management and leadership. She has 15 years of experience teaching mathematics and working in administration at the K–12 level and another 14 years of experience at the university level, including serving on NCATE Board of Examiners. Karen is currently Project Management Professional (PMP) and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certified. She also holds a CA PreK–16 teaching credential in mathematics.


  • Assessment

    Using Universal Design to Create Better Assessments

    Tapping into elements of Universal Design for Learning may help teachers create fairer and more reliable tests.
  • Student Engagement

    Planning a Lesson, Telling a Story

    Math teacher and professional development specialist Karen Lea explains how planning a lesson is a lot like telling a story, and how important it is to hook students with a good beginning.
  • Assessment

    Modeling: Essential for Learning

    Math teacher and professional development specialist Karen Lea discusses the importance of instruction by modeling, and takes her examples from possible lessons that meet the Common Core Standards.
  • Assessment

    Meaningful Connections: Objectives and Standards

    Math teacher and teaching strategist Karen Lea looks at meaningful ways to connect learning objectives with Common Core State Standards.
  • Student Engagement

    Inquiry, Curiosity, Exploration and the Common Core

    Math teacher and professional development specialist Karen Lea looks at the Common Core ELA standards for lessons that will motivate students through inquiry, curiosity and exploration.

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