Karen covers early education. She is an award-winning writer who comes to EdSource after covering lifestyle, parenting, health, housing, education and the arts for the San Jose Mercury News. She is a four-time Pulitzer juror and her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle and Seattle Times. She has an MA in journalism and a BA in political science and dramatic art from UC Berkeley.
All articles by Karen D'Souza
California settled a lawsuit over literacy by giving 70 schools with the lowest 2019 test scores extra funding to teach children to read. Less than half of all third graders in the state scored at grade level in reading.
September 29, 2022
Scientists, teachers, and parents battle over the best way to teach reading amid a literacy crisis.
August 17, 2022
This year even more than usual, teachers say, parents might want to help their children prepare for TK.
August 15, 2022
The arts can be a safe haven for California schoolchildren to face big emotions, experts say, to channel fears and frustrations into acts of creativity.
June 9, 2022
Two bills in the California Legislature would fundamentally change the kindergarten experience to reflect the current heightened attention to the importance of early childhood education.
April 13, 2022
It will be important to continue to monitor the generation of children born during the pandemic, experts say, to provide any extra help they might need.
March 21, 2022
Science shows that trauma interrupts brain development in young children, which is why some may have developmental delays due to the pandemic.
March 11, 2022
Growing California's supply of toddler care options, particularly subsidized preschool, helps the state’s working families, experts say.
February 15, 2022
Children, who are creatures of habit, can be negatively influenced by any educational disruption, such as remote learning, experts say.
February 2, 2022
Some are most worried about schools shuttering again, fearful of remote learning, which caused emotional damage and learning loss for many.
January 18, 2022
Today's kindergarten is not the same kindergarten parents and guardians experienced when they went to school, some teachers say. Today's kindergarten is really more like first grade.
December 22, 2021
Play is such a powerful force, some research suggests, that it can be used as a tool to close achievement gaps and improve mental health.