Karen Brofft is a Professional Development Associate with The Leadership and Learning Center. Karen’s work with The Center integrates her years of school improvement experience with The Center’s data and assessment processes and leadership performance models.
Currently, Karen serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services and Communications for Englewood Schools in Colorado, where Data Teams are in place district-wide. In addition to over 20 years in education, Karen also worked in the public relations and technology fields for 7 years prior to entering education. She spent over 20 years in Douglas County School District serving in a variety of teaching, administrative, and leadership roles. As a principal and later as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Karen implemented successful building and system-wide Professional Learning Communities using data and results as the cornerstone for measuring success.
In addition to her Ed.S. in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies, Karen holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Through her commitment to her own professional development as well as her extensive professional learning work with adults, Karen has developed a passion for delivering engaging, practical, professional development experiences which result in immediate application to student learning. Her experiences range from school and district-wide professional development to conference presentations and principal licensure cohorts with the University of Northern Colorado.
Karen is well grounded in the nature of effective professional development through ongoing coaching and mentoring. As a former instructional coach in Douglas County, she received extensive training in Cognitive Coaching, Adaptive Schools, and facilitation of group processes. These experiences combined with her B.A. in Communications have provided Karen with a strong framework for working with a variety of adult learners in both individual and group settings. Karen is passionate about her work in education, and strives to ignite this passion in others.
A commitment to her work keeps her busy; however, Karen still makes time on a daily basis to engage in yoga and reading. She has two older daughters. One recently graduated from CSU and is working as an environmental planner, while Karen’s younger daughter is currently pursuing a degree in business.