Karen E. Blankenship, Ph.D.
Karen E. Blankenship is a retired certified teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired (TVI). She has been a certified TVI since 1976. She has worked as an itinerant teacher, resource room teacher, state consultant at the Iowa Department of Education, Assistant Professor of the Visual Disabilities Program at Vanderbilt, and lastly as a coach/mentor at Tennessee School for the Blind. She received both her undergraduate and doctoral degree from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. She has served as the National Agenda professional co-chair. She has also served as the AER state president in both Iowa and Tennessee. In addition, she has served as chair of both the itinerant and the educational curriculum divisions of AER. She is a guest reviewer for the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness as well as other journals in the field of special education. She is currently an international facilitator of Quality Programs for Students with Visual Impairments (QPVI) and a consultant in the field. Her line of research and passion was centered around assessment and the expanded core curriculum (ECC).