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Karen Capo, M.S.

Karen Capo earned her Masters of Science from the University of Houston, Clear Lake, in Early Childhood Education with a Teacher of Young Children certification. Her B.S. is from University of Houston, Summa Cum Laude, in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies.

Karen has been named "Teacher Educator of the Year" by the Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children.

Karen is the Director of the School Literacy and Culture Project, which is part of the Rice University Center for Education. She has worked with this program since 1991, beginning as a Mentor Teacher.

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Karen has served as adjunct faculty at UHCL, taught Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st Grade for a total of 13 years, as well having experience as a Curriculum Director and Science Laboratory Specialist.

Publications

One Authentic Early Literacy Practice and Three Standardized Tests: Can a Storytelling Curriculum Measure Up?by Patricia M. Cooper (New York University), Karen Capo (Rice University Center for Education), Bernie Mathes (Rice University Center for Education), Lincoln Gray (James Madison University). Published in Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, Volume 28, Issue 3 (July 2007), pages 251 - 275.

Readings in Early Literacy by Karen Capo. (2007).  Rice University Center for Education:  School Literacy and Culture Project.

Selected Presentations

National Association for the Education of Young Children(NAEYC) invited presentation: "Implementing Vivian Paley’s storytelling curriculum: How and why it stands up in today’s age of accountability." November 2009.

National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development research session,
"The Classrooms Young Children Need" sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 2009.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) three-hour institute, "Honoring the Work of Vivian Gussin Paley: Considering the Cognitive and Socio-Emotional Benefits of Storytelling and Story-Acting," pre-conference institute presented with Patsy Cooper, Bernie Mathes, and Judy Rolke.

NAEYC three hour institute, "Children Telling and Acting Their Own Stories in the Early Childhood Classroom," pre-conference institute presented with Patsy Cooper, Bernie Mathes, and Judy Rolke.

NAEYC session, "Using Children's Own Stories to Promote Literacy and Comprehension," presented with Patsy Cooper, Bernie Mathes, and Judy Rolke.

Texas Association for the Education of Young Children institute, "What Teachers Say IS Important: Promoting Autonomy and Vocabulary in the Early Childhood Classroom," presented with Sharon Dworaczyk.