Meet the Author
Karen Burggraf has an M.Ed. from the University of Maryland and was a classroom science teacher for 28 years in Charles County Public Schools in Charles County Maryland.

From 1971 to 1992, she taught General Science at Milton Somers Middle School in La Plata MD. From 1992 to 1999 she taught Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry at Westlake High School in Waldorf MD.

At both schools, Karen taught honors classes and inclusion classes, served as Science Department chair, and was a member of the Instructional Leadership Team.

As part of her work with students who received special services, she developed and implemented student portfolios to assess student performance in the inclusion classes. In addition, Karen designed lessons that incorporated strategies to accommodate both gifted students and less-able learners. The strategies include differentiated questions, cooperative grouping, product choices and differentiated assessment.

In 1999, Karen accepted the position of Inclusion Specialist for Charles Co. Schools, in which she assisted both Special Educators and General Educators in implementing Best Practices of Inclusion, Differentiated Instruction, Co-Teaching and Power Struggles.  Also during this time, Karen  presented sessions at national, state and local conferences. Topics of sessions include:

  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Over-representation of African Americans in Special Education
  • Using Portfolios to Assess Student Performance
  • Co-Teaching
  • Avoiding Power Struggles

Currently, Karen is an Co-Teaching Teacher Specialist for Calvert County, MD, supporting teachers K -12 in Differentiated Instruction, Classroom management,  Co-Teaching and general methodologies.


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Co-Author - Getting the Point
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Co-Author - “Addressing Disproportionate Representation of Minority Students in Special Education by Refining the Referral Process” In Motion Magazine May 18, 2003
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