KAREN CROSS - Associate

An esteemed career spanning three decades of experience in teaching and educational administration has compelled Karen Cross to champion the role of physical education in our education systems.

As an elementary teacher, physical education specialist, district physical education consultant, and principal, Karen has learned first-hand the importance of healthy and active lifestyles for students’ physical and emotional development and well-being. As a result, she is dedicated to raising both its profile and the effectiveness with which it is taught and assessed.

At the centre of her philosophy is the recognition that the health of our society reflects the health of our future. In this context, the importance with which we regard physical education is a decision that will have ramifications for us all in the years to come.

In support of these ideas, Karen co-authored the book Making Physical Education Instruction and Assessment Work (2017), a practical guide to applying the ‘big ideas’ of classroom assessment to the teaching of physical education. She ably connects the work of classroom instruction to that of the specialist teacher.

In order to realize her vision, Karen seeks to inspire and support physical educators to embrace their role and seize their opportunity to impact student learning. It is essential for our learners to enter adulthood equipped with a proper understanding of the importance of their health and physical well-being; Karen’s mission is to strengthen our ability to deliver that message.


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