Karen Gross is a children’s book author and now illustrator whose books message about the power of the possible and dreaming big. She involves humor in her work and has a children’s giraffe joke book that interests both children and families. Karen’s first book of children’s poems Flying Umbrellas and Red Boats will be released in April 2019. She has two other forthcoming books: Are You a Giraffe?, a prequel to the Lady Lucy series for ages 3 – 6, and a bi-lingual board book entitled We See You! Her stories and poems are brought to life through the use of puppets and engagement activities involving music and art that are included in each book.
She previously served as president of Southern Vermont College in Vermont and was a formerly Senior Policy Advisory to the US Department of Education. She specializes in trauma and creating trauma sensitive educational responses and spends most of her time writing, speaking, teaching and training. She speaks frequently and writes regularly about education issues for various audiences and in a wide array of publications such as Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, University Business, BBNTimes, Hechinger Report, New England Journal of Higher Ed, Diverse, LINKEDIN (top voice for 4 years), InsideHigherEd and the Chronicle of Higher Education.