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
Arts advocates point to the power of the arts to boost the state's student achievement and buttress social-emotional well-being.
January 31, 2023
Child care workers want to be recognized as early educators, they say, and not just babysitters.
January 19, 2023
What should parents do if they notice their child is falling behind in reading?
December 20, 2022
Many districts are beginning to register new students for the coming year, so now is the time to reach out.
December 12, 2022
Teachers become gatekeepers to books, a longstanding practice in many schools where the assigned reading level is treated as a sacred cow.
November 14, 2022
One key way to fight falling test scores, experts suggest, is to dig deep into the exhaustive body of research on how the brain learns to read.
November 2, 2022
The scores may be grim, some say, but they're far from shocking. Some experts warn that cratering test scores warn of a system that was broken long before the pandemic.
November 2, 2022
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.