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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Educator
Education Consultant

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Warm Fall Colors
Favorite Food:
Spicy Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Do The Best You Can With What You Have.

Birthplace

Born:
12/5/1946
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Educator
Education Consultant

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Warm Fall Colors
Favorite Food:
Spicy Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Do The Best You Can With What You Have.

Birthplace

Born:
12/5/1946
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Educator and consultant Karen Hill-Scott received her M.A. and Ed.D. degrees in education from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). As a student, she was awarded both the Danforth and Chancellor’s Fellowships. Upon graduation, Hill-Scott received the “Outstanding Graduate Student” honor from UCLA’s School of Education.

Hill-Scott co-founded Crystal Stairs, one of California’s largest non-profit child development agencies, served as an adjunct professor at the UCLA School of Management, and has consistently contributed to child development policy through consulting and public service. She founded and served as president of Karen Hill-Scott, Inc., where she has worked to translate theory into practical content. Hill-Scott is the chief educational consultant for NBC/ION Networks and has previously consulted for Baby Einstein Company, Discovery Kids (on NBC), Nickelodeon, the Disney Channel, and the Jim Henson Company. She was the principal consultant for the TRW (now Northrop Grumman) work-family programs, and developed the on-site child development center for the company.

Hill-Scott’s publications include book chapters in the historical volume NBC: America's Network (2007), The Handbook of Children's Television (2001), Managing Quality in Child Development Programs (2000), and several technical reports on child care management and inter-agency collaboration. Hill-Scott was chair of the State of California School Readiness Work Group and the Universal Pre-school Task Force, where she was involved in the writing of several published reports including “The California School Readiness Master Plan” (2002), and “Ready to Learn: Universal Pre-school in California” (1999). She has also authored “The Sky’s the Limit: the Los Angeles Universal Preschool Master Plan.”

Hill-Scott has served as chair of the State of California School Readiness Master Plan for the State Senate Joint Committee, co-chair of the Universal Preschool Task Force for the California Department of Education, and served on the National Pre-Kindergarten Committee for the Education Commission of the States. Hill Scott was also appointed to the State of California First 5 Commission, as well as the board of directors for the Foundation for Child Development and Crystal Stairs, Inc.

Hill-Scott has been consistently recognized for her outstanding service to the Los Angeles community. She was named the Preschool California’s Hero of Month in October 2006. Hill-Scott is the recipient of the Proven Achievers Award from KJLH and the Walt Disney Company, the John Harvard Award for Community Service, the SCLC-Rosa Parks Award for Social Justice, a Woman of the Year Award from the County Commission on the Status of Women, a Woman of History Award from KCET Television, a Woman of the Year Award from the Santa Monica YWCA, an Inspirational Woman of the Year from NAWBO-LA, and the Tom Bradley Alumnus of the Year Award from UCLA.

A resident of Los Angeles, Hill-Scott is married to Dr. T.V. Scott, an ophthalmologist. They have four children, and eight grandchildren.

Karen Hill-Scott was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 16, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Karen Hill-Scott describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Karen Hill-Scott talks about racial passing in her maternal family, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Karen Hill-Scott talks about racial passing in her maternal family, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Karen Hill-Scott describes her maternal grandmother's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Karen Hill-Scott describes her mother's community in Columbia, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Karen Hill-Scott talks about her mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Karen Hill-Scott describes her grandmother's work in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers her maternal aunt's funeral
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Karen Hill-Scott talks about her connection with Shirlee Haizlip's memoir
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Karen Hill-Scott describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Karen Hill-Scott talks about her father's upbringing in Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Karen Hill-Scott her paternal relatives' emphasis on education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Karen Hill-Scott describes her father's career prior to World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Karen Hill-Scott talks about her father's military service in World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers the official recognition of the 761st Tank Battalion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Karen Hill-Scott recalls her father's stories of World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Karen Hill-Scott talks about her father's career as a mechanic
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Karen Hill-Scott talks about her parents' marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Karen Hill-Scott describes her parent's personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Karen Hill-Scott lists her siblings
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Karen Hill-Scott describes her siblings' careers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Karen Hill-Scott describes her mother's emphasis on higher education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Karen Hill-Scott describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers her neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers contracting polio, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers contracting polio, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Karen Hill-Scott recalls her early understanding of race
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers moving to South Central Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Karen Hill-Scott describes her community in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers the South Los Angeles Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Karen Hill-Scott describes her early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers her piano training
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Karen Hill-Scott recalls her mother's emphasis on classical music
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers competing on the television game show 'Quiz Down'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Karen Hill-Scott talks about her mother's plan for her education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Karen Hill-Scott recalls her celebrity neighbors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers her influential elementary school teachers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers Centennial High School in Compton, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers learning about her mother's acting career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Karen Hill-Scott recalls lessons from her parents about the entertainment industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Karen Hill-Scott reflects upon the baby boom generation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers enrolling at George Pepperdine College in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Karen Hill-Scott recalls her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Karen Hill-Scott describes the conservatism at George Pepperdine College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Karen Hill-Scott recalls her decision to stop playing piano
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers the events following her graduation from George Pepperdine College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers the discrimination against black students at George Pepperdine College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Karen Hill-Scott describes her activism at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers Maulana Karenga
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Karen Hill-Scott recalls the start of her interest in children's television
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Karen Hill-Scott talks about her master's thesis on 'Sesame Street'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Karen Hill-Scott describes her start in the children's television industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Karen Hill-Scott recalls the changes in children's television regulations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Karen Hill-Scott describes the Action for Children's Television organization
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers the debates about violence on public television
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Karen Hill-Scott talks about the lack of black characters on television
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Karen Hill-Scott talks about the depictions of women on television
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Karen Hill-Scott talks about her influence on children's television, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Karen Hill-Scott talks about her influence on children's television, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Karen Hill-Scott recalls the changes in children's television programming
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers the emergence of twenty-four hour cartoon channels
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Karen Hill-Scott describes her diversity work for cartoon programs
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Karen Hill-Scott talks about public television programming for preschoolers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers her work on 'Blue's Clues'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Karen Hill-Scott talks about 'Schoolhouse Rock!'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Karen Hill-Scott describes the founding of Crystal Stairs, Inc., pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Karen Hill-Scott describes the founding of Crystal Stairs, Inc., pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers her policy work
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Karen Hill-Scott remembers developing early education plans
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Karen Hill-Scott talks about illiteracy in the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Karen Hill-Scott talks about her board service
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Karen Hill-Scott describes her plans for the future
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Karen Hill-Scott talks about her family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Karen Hill-Scott describes her style of parenting
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Karen Hill-Scott reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Karen Hill-Scott reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Karen Hill-Scott describes how she would like to be remembered