Karen Nelson, MS, CCC/SLP, currently serves as executive director for the Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI) at UT Austin where she supports numerous projects and grants providing professional learning and technical assistance for school districts. She brings over 20 years of experience and expertise in early literacy instruction and intervention for struggling readers, beginning as a speech and language pathologist in public schools and private practice. In 1999, she transitioned to statewide initiative work at ESC 13 implementing the statewide Texas Teacher Reading Academies. 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 professional learning initiatives in face-to-face and online environments. 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.