Karen L. Anderson


Karen L. Anderson holds a Ph.D. in Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College, an M.S. in Mathematics Leadership from Bankstreet College of Education, an MS in Biology Education and a B.S. in Biology both from Long Island University. Dr. Anderson’s research interests include early childhood education, curriculum development (with an emphasis on mathematics and science), and the professional development of practitioners in the field.

A recipient of numerous awards and grants, Dr. Anderson is a noted author who also serves as a consultant, reviewer, and lecturer at educational organizations including Boston College, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, the National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness, The Rhode Island and Maine Training and Technical Assistance Project, the National Head Start Family Literacy Center, and the Intel/Massachusetts DESE Mathematics Initiative.

Most recently Dr. Anderson received Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship funding from the National Science Foundation ($1,199,965). Communities of Practice: Teacher Preparation and Beyond will increase the number and diversity of top-notch mathematics majors preparing for careers in K-12 education. Dr. Anderson is a former New York City middle school mathematics and science teacher.


  • B.S., M.S. Long Island University
  • M.S. BankStreet College of Education
  • Ph.D. Boston College


  • Cabot Family Charitable Trust, Science Preparation Outdoors for Teachers. ($26,644) Project Leader. (January 2010)
  • National Science Foundation-Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships Program. Communities of Practice: Teacher Preparation and Beyond. ($1,199,965) Principal Investigator. (August 2012)

Courses Taught

  • Art, Music & Movement
  • Foundations of Education
  • Early Care & Education
  • Children in Preschools and Kindergarten
  • Practicum: Reflective Seminar