Team Member Biographies: Carole Gupton, Ph.D.


Carole Gupton, Ph.D.

Dr. Carole Gupton is presently an independent education consultant focusing on K-12 leadership and multicultural issues.  In 2011 she completed her tenure with the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota as Director of the Educator Development and Research Center. Prior to coming to the University in 2002, Dr. Gupton was a public school educator. She held positions as a classroom teacher, special education coordinator, director of curriculum and instruction, and elementary/middle school principal. She designed and was the principal of the first year-round and extended day program for Minneapolis Public School. She has held adjunct positions at three universities where she taught graduate courses on leadership, curriculum and instruction and developing culturally responsive learning environments. She continues to mentor principal candidates and new principals and is a trainer for the MN Principals’ Academy.

For six years Dr. Gupton was the primary investigator on several Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) grants that focused on the disproportionate number of students of color with emphasis of African American students referred to special education. She continues to consult with the MDE special education program. She directed the Urban Leadership Academy at the University of Minnesota and developed the Cultural Competency Advisory Board that brought together PK-12 educators with faculty of the University of Minnesota to discuss issues of the development of culturally relevant learning environments.  Dr. Gupton has presented nationally and locally on urban issues, leadership, and cultural competence.

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