Karen Nelson, MS, CCC/SLP, currently serves as executive director for the Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI) at UT Austin. She brings over 20 years of experience and expertise in early literacy instruction and intervention for struggling readers. Karen began her education career as a speech and language pathologist in public schools and private practice. In 1999, she became part of the team at ESC 13 who implemented the statewide Texas Teacher Reading Academies for teachers in K–3. From 2001–2007, Karen was director and then vice president for field implementation services for Voyager Expanded Learning. In 2007, she joined IPSI as the director of Academic Foundations and managed and supported professional learning and campus support for the Texas Reading First Initiative. She also led development for numerous statewide literacy initiatives in face-to-face and online environments. Karen served as a member of the Texas Literacy Initiative leadership team, which managed the implementation support for 30 participating school districts and the development of the Texas State Literacy Plan and its accompanying online course. She earned bachelor’s degrees from Texas Tech University and The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Texas Woman’s University.