Improvement Coach

About Lauren


K-12 Education
School Turnaround
Change Initiatives
Professional Development
Adult Learning Theory

Lauren Watkins is an Improvement Coach at Ed Direction, Cicero Group’s K-12 Public Education practice where she works with elementary, middle, and high schools across the country. She supports school and teacher leaders to identify root causes of underperformance, create improvement plans, and then implement the plans through professional development, coaching, effective teaming, and a focus on evidence-based strategiesLauren’s favorite part of the work is forging strong, collaborative partnerships with educators to implement effective practices and foster meaningful growth and development for teachers, school leaders, and students.  

Prior to joining Ed Direction, Lauren earned her master’s degree from Harvard University, focused on effective reading pedagogy and instructional coaching. She is an expert in literacy instruction and intervention. Her passion for language and literacy stems from her work as an elementary teacher in Title-1 school in Arizona, where she taught English Learners in both third and fifth grade. While there, Lauren employed evidence-based strategies to scaffold instruction for English Learners. This experience solidified Lauren’s commitment to ensuring that all students receive access to high-quality education and that teachers have the resources and tools they need to support their learners.   

Lauren earned her master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where her focus of study was Language and Literacy and bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Brigham Young University. 

Career Highlights

  • Teacher Leader, Mesa Public Schools 
  • Teacher, Wasatch County Schools 
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education, M.Ed. 
  • Brigham Young University, BS Elementary Education 

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