Speakers: Karen Hill Scott

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Karen Hill Scott is founder and President of Karen Hill Scott and Company

Dr. Karen Hill Scott is a nationally renowned child development expert whose start as a preschool teacher evolved into a wide-ranging career blending university teaching, research, consulting, and public service. She co-founded Crystal Stairs, one of California’s largest non-profit child development agencies; still teaches part-time at the UCLA School of Management; and contributes to child development policy through consulting and public service. As President of Karen Hill Scott, she is translating theory into practical content for families, television programming for children, and services for communities.

As an expert in child development, Karen has worked with corporations and organizations on innovations in early education. She was the principal consultant for the TRW (now Northrop Grumman) work-family programs, and developed the on-site child development center for the company. As a result of these efforts, TRW was on the Working Mother’s list of 100 Best Companies for over 10 years. Click here to see a complete list of institutional clients.

Karen’s career in public service includes having chaired the California School Readiness Master Plan for the State Senate Joint Committee, Co-chairing the Universal Preschool Task Force for the California Department of Education, and serving on the National Pre-Kindergarten Committee for the Education Commission of the States.  Hill Scott was also an appointee to the State of California First 5 Commission and is currently a Board member at the Foundation for Child Development and Crystal Stairs, Inc.

Karen’s academic career focused on child development, public policy, program management and evaluation, and family functioning. Her recent publications include book chapters in the historical volume NBC:  America’s Network (UC Press, 2007) and The Handbook of Children’s Television (Sage Publications, 2001) and Managing Quality in Child Development Programs (Teacher’s College Press, 2000), and several technical reports on child care management and inter-agency collaboration. As chair of the California School Readiness Work Group and the Universal Pre-school Task Force, Karen was substantially involved in the writing of the published reports: The California School Readiness Master Plan (The California Senate Joint Committee, 2002) and Ready to Learn: Universal Pre-school in California (California Department of Education, 1999).   Most recently, she authored the “The Sky’s the Limit: the Los Angeles Universal Preschool Master Plan,” a groundbreaking work that encapsulated the combined contributions of over 600 stakeholders in Los Angeles County.

In children’s media, Karen has provided content consulting on more than 1000 episodes of produced children’s television. She is the chief educational consultant for NBC/Ion Networks and is working with the Baby Einstein company on a new DVD Series.  She previously consulted for Discovery Kids (on NBC), Nickelodeon, the Disney Channel and the Jim Henson Company. Click here to see the list of shows she has worked on. Many of them have won awards, including the Humanitas, Apple, Gracie, Prism, and EMMY Awards and awards from Action for Children’s Television (ACT) and the Council for Better Broadcasting. Click here for a list of media clients.

Karen has been consistently recognized for her outstanding service to the Los Angeles community. She was named the Preschool California’s Hero of Month in October 2006. Karen is the recipient of the Proven Achievers Award from KJLH and the Walt Disney Company, the John Harvard Award for Community Service, the SCLC-Rosa Parks Award for Social Justice, a Woman of the Year Award from the County Commission on the Status of Women, a Woman of History Award from KCET Television, a Woman of the Year Award from the Santa Monica YWCA, an Inspirational Woman of the Year from NAWBO-LA, and the Tom Bradley Alumnus of the Year Award from UCLA.

Dr. Karen Hill Scott received her M.A. and Ed.D. degrees from the University of California Los Angeles, where she also received Danforth and Chancellor’s Fellowships and was named Outstanding Graduate Student for the School of Education. A resident of Los Angeles, she is married to Dr. T.V. Scott, an ophthalmologist, has four children and eight young grandchildren.

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2 Comments for “Speakers: Karen Hill Scott”

  1. Dear Sir,
    Is there any slot left for an additional speaker for the TED in Bilbao? Which would be the terms for such intervention?
    I’m asking this question on behalf of a world reputed speaker who might be interested in it.
    Your fast response will be highly appreciated,
    Best regards,

  2. Ya andamos preparándolo. Aunque tenemos dudas sobre cómo introducir la sinergia macramental y el txikibló :-) :-)

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