Professional Profile

Photo of Karen MarkleinKaren Marklein, M.A.

Program Director

  Office location:  Ayers House

  Telephone:  615.966.1033 (ext. 1033)

  Fax number:  615.966.1035

  Contact via email

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Position Information:

Title: Program Director, Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation; Instructor, Lipscomb College of Education

Start Date at Lipscomb: August 2012

  • B.A. in English from the University of Tennessee at Martin
  • M.A. in English from Middle Tennessee State University
  • Post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification from Middle Tennessee State University 
  • M.S. in Educational Leadership from Bethel University
  • ILL-B Beginning Administrator License
  • Highly Qualified Status: Reading K-6, Reading 9-12, Reading 7-8, Language/Arts K-6, Language/Arts 7-8, Language/Arts 9-12
  • Certified Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM) Evaluator
  • Certified Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model (TEAM) Trainer
  • Level III Advanced Coaching certificate from RESULTS Coaching Global
  • Coaching Strategies for Powerful Learning certificate from RESULTS Coaching Global
Courses Taught:
  • Leadership in collaborative professional learning
  • Adult learning theory
  • Instructional coaching models and practices
Area of Expertise:
  • Coaching
  • Professional Learning
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Leadership Development
  • Collaborative Practices
  • Assessment
  • Writing
  • Instructional Design
Primary Research Interest:
  • Coaching educators for effectiveness in instruction and leadership
  • Impact of private school attendance on low SES students
Grant and Contract Involvement:
  • RTTT grant for higher education focused on Common Core State Standards resources for EPPs
  • Governor’s Online Innovation Fund; provided curriculum for educator preparation MOOC
  • GEARUP grant, Lexington High School, Henderson County, TN
Publications & Presentations:
  • Presented at five regional training events for Institutes of Higher Education, INVEST Resources (February-April 2013; Lipscomb University; East Tennessee State University; Cleveland State Community College; Union University)
  • Co-presented at ASCD Spring Conference in Los Angeles, CA, March 15-17:  Setting the climate for a collaborative culture
  • Co-presented at Learning Forward Conference, Common Core Instructional Coaching (December 2014, Nashville, TN)
  • Co-presented at the Louisiana Board of Regents Literacy Professional Learning Institute:  College and Career-Ready State Standards Shifts in K-12 Practice = Shifts in Teacher Preparation (March 2015, Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Tennessee LEAD conference, 2013; How the TEAM Model supports CCSS instruction
  • Tennessee LEAD conference, 2014; 21st Century Leadership = Coach Leadership
  • Tennessee LEAD conference, 2015; For Principals Only! Leadership starts with you.
  • Tennessee LEAD conference, 2016; What can NASA and the Yellowstone wolves teach us about leadership?; Ayers Institute Resources
  • Tennessee LEAD conference, 2017; Steps to effective teacher collaboration; Ayers Institute Resources
  • Sumner County School District Central Office (SY 2009-SY 2012) - TEAM Evaluator; Instructional Coach
  • Beech High School (August 1993-2009) - Chair, English Department; Committee Member, State Standards Development for Tennessee Diploma Project; TSIPP Advisory Committee, Co-Chair