Operating since 2020, Karen Woodson founded LSI to help leaders in high EL enrollment schools correct the variance in their EL programs that could be silently thwarting school improvement efforts. Attacking this variance by implementing our leadership recipe, with an equitable school wide ELD model as the key ingredient, brings about transformative change that can put a high EL enrollment school on a sustainable path to continuous improvement.
Meet The Leaders Behind LSI
Dr. Woodson is a former Principal of a high-EL enrollment Title 1 elementary school. A veteran in public education with over 35 years of service as a teacher, instructional specialist and district wide EL Program Director, Dr. Woodson holds graduate degrees in Applied Linguistics and has taught a range of courses at the elementary and secondary levels, including reading, Spanish, English as a Foreign Language, and exploratory courses in Japanese, French, Italian and German. Dr. Woodson has also taught graduate courses in Applied Linguistics, English Grammar, Spanish, Foreign Language Teaching Methods and ESOL Teaching Methodology at several major universities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. An expert in second language acquisition and district level program administration, Dr. Woodson's current efforts focus on creating equitable conditions for English learners in schools, English learner centered school improvement strategies, and Baldrige guided strategic planning.
Dr. Thompson is a school leader, education consultant, and a leadership and research professor at a major university. She is a Fellow for the National Association of Elementary School Principals’ Center for Women in Leadership and was Maryland’s NOAP. In addition, she is co-founder and chief academic officer for parents-as-tutors where she developed a set of reading resources designed with a plethora of strategies to help parents tutor children. These books are in both English and Spanish versions, and address phonics, phonemic awareness, grammar, and comprehension skills. Dr Thompson is passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion. She lends her time to many initiatives, and is also a member of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Learn more about what she does at https://www.parentsastutors.com/.