1971 - 1974 University of Georgia. BSED in Elementary Education
1975 - 1980 University of Georgia. MED in Reading Education
1985 - 1990 Georgia State University. EDS in Reading Education.
1991 - 1997 Georgia State University. L6 in Administration and Supervision
Teacher Preparation focusing on urban elementary school settings
Culturally responsive pedagogy
Effective teaching strategies for urban classroom instruction
Karen Whitmire has taught in urban schools for over 21 years. She served in a central office capacity as a coordinator for literacy and social studies for 13 years, where she supported instructional practices throughout the school district. Mrs. Whitmire’s fields of expertise are literacy and preservice teachers’ preparation for teaching urban and diverse student populations. Mrs. Whitmire is currently a Field Supervisor for the Georgia State University/Urban Accelerated Certification and Masters Program.
- Georgia Performance Standards coordinator and trainer for DeKalb County Social Studies and English/Language Arts teachers
- Coordinated professional learning opportunities for all middle school social studies teachers
- Coordinated the American History Pilot Program between Contemporary/McGraw-Hill and DeKalb County
- Coordinated the district and regional social studies fairs
- Developed, coordinated and monitored the creation of Social Studies Assessments for Middle School
- Facilitated the Social Studies textbook adoption process for middle school
- Supervise the social studies department and teachers for 19 middle schools in the DeKalb County School System
- Developed, coordinated and monitored 8th grade English/Language Arts summer school program
- Developed, coordinated, and monitored Extended Learning Time for Social Studies in middle schools
- Wrote and implemented the DeKalb R.E.A.D.S. reading initiative as a member of the Literacy Team, 2002
- Monitored the Language Arts program for seventeen elementary schools, 1998-2002
- Wrote and developed grants for reading incentive programs at Clifton and MidwayElementary. Three were accepted; the RIF Grant for first graders and the Making a Biographies Meaningful at Clifton, and the Be a Reading Machine for primary grades at Midway.
- Wrote and implemented a reading incentive grant, The Reading Machine, in twelve DeKalb County Elementary schools, 1999-2000. The grant was accepted. Bicycles were purchased and students were rewarded for reading books with a bicycle ride through the schools= hallways.
- Developed and taught Summer Reading Enrichment classes at Georgia State University, 1987 and 1988
- Developed Comprehension Theme Questions for grades 3-6, 1995
- Developed Language Arts Theme Tests for grade six, and Unit Tests for grade two, 1997
- Developed and conducted more than twenty staff development programs for teachers
- Developed and implemented concept for Instructional Calendar for grades one through sixth, 1998 &1999
- Developed concept of Student Achievement Log, 1998-2001
- Created and taught After School Reading program at Clifton Elementary, 1988