Karen Hunter Quartz is the Director of Research and Communications at UCLA’s Center X. She’s also Director of Research and Development at the UCLA Community School, a K-12 public school in Local District 4 of the Los Angeles Unified School District. “It’s absolutely a dream job for me,” says Karen. The UCLA Community School is a pilot school and a joint endeavor between UCLA’s School of Education and the Los Angeles School District. The teachers at this school were selected for their passion for education and their ability to provide creative and distinct learning experiences for children in District 4. Many of the teachers are bi- or trilingual in English, Spanish and Korean. All have experience innovating in the field of education.
Karen earned her PhD in Education from UCLA in 1994 and has served as a researcher at the University of California, San Diego and UCLA’s Institute for Democracy. Karen’s interests and scholarship focus on the career development and retention of urban educators, the use of research to improve practice, and the creation of small democratic schools.