“To leave people, systems, and places in better shape than when we found them”

New Teacher Mentoring

New Teacher Mentoring

Through one-on-one guidance, reflective practices, and ongoing support, we help new teachers navigate challenges, build confidence, and develop a strong foundation for their teaching journey.

New Administrator Coaching

New Administrator Coaching

Our personalized coaching sessions equip new administrators with the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to navigate their leadership roles successfully. Through targeted development plans, leadership assessments, and ongoing guidance, we accelerate their growth and effectiveness as transformative educational leaders.

Teacher Improvement Plans (TIPS) and Principal Improvement Plans (PIPS)

Teacher Improvement Plans (TIPS) and Principal Improvement Plans (PIPS)

Personalized Roadmaps: Our experienced consultants work closely with schools to create made-to-measure improvement plans for teachers and principals. By conducting comprehensive needs assessments and analyzing past evaluations, we tailor address key areas for growth and opportunities to demonstrate these skills. Objective Observations: Unbiased observations help our consultants keenly observe teaching methodologies, classroom dynamics, and leadership practices, providing valuable insights that serve as a springboard for targeted improvement. Expert Coaching: Armed with insights from evaluations and observations, our skilled coaches engage educators and leaders in one-on-one coaching sessions. These sessions are designed to nurture strengths, address challenges, and provide actionable strategies for continuous growth and development.

Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) Support

Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) Support

At Karaton Educational Consulting and Coaching, we understand the critical significance of Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) as more than just documents; they are legal blueprints that define a student's unique learning journey. An IEP encapsulates the student's identity, learning style, needs, and a roadmap for accessing the general education curriculum. Our dedicated IEP Support program empowers educators, special education building/district staff, and stakeholders to master the art of crafting comprehensive IEPs that align with Part 200 compliance, while ensuring the student remains at the heart of every discussion.

Section 504 Support

Section 504 Support

We demystify the unique attributes of Section 504, clarifying its purpose and scope within the broader educational landscape. Our program ensures you grasp the significance of providing reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access for students with disabilities. Addressing the common confusion, our training clearly differentiates Section 504 from the IEP/CSE process. We equip you with the knowledge to identify which students are eligible for a 504 plan and guide you through the essential steps of its development and implementation.

Co-Teaching Support

Co-Teaching Support

Co-teaching isn't just a technique; it's a skill that demands knowledge and strategy. Our program takes you beyond the basics, providing a deep understanding of co-teaching's purpose and mechanics. When executed seamlessly, co-teaching becomes a harmonious dance that involves all participants – educators, students, and support staff – working together in perfect synergy.

Team Development

Team Development

Ever find yourself loving your job but struggling to connect with your colleagues? You're not alone – this common challenge might be quietly eroding your workplace culture. While individual performance is crucial, a cohesive team working toward shared objectives shines brighter than a group of isolated individuals. Our innovative approach is dedicated to bolstering team strength by unraveling the intricacies of team dynamics.

1:1 CliftonStrengths Coaching

Feeling lost? Trying to figure out your identity? Our expert coaches are your compass. Embark on a personal voyage of growth as our expert coaches work closely with you, unraveling your unique strengths and helping you leverage them for maximum impact in your personal and professional life.

CliftonStrengths Coaching for Managers/Leaders

Are you a manager or leader seeking to unveil your true potential? Learn who you are as a leader and how your talents make you successful. Elevate your leadership by uncovering and amplifying your strengths, equipping you to lead with authenticity and effectiveness, and fostering a culture of achievement.

CliftonStrengths Training for Teams

Ever questioned your role within a team? Curious about your unique contribution? Karaton's Team Coaching and Training unveils how individuals go from silos and make powerful partnerships and teams. We empower team members to see themselves as part of a greater whole, bringing together talents for collective excellence. Harness the potential of collaborative brilliance.

CERTIFIED GALLUP STRENGTHS COACHES

At Karaton Consulting, our entire team comprises Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths Coaches. We're dedicated to leveraging our expertise to help you unlock your full potential shine.

Warning: Perfectionism May Stunt Growth
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Are you considered a perfectionist? Caution: The relentless pursuit of perfection can hinder personal development and progress. From thought-provoking anecdotes to practical strategies, discover how to break free from perfection's grip and cultivate real growth.

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The Monsters of our Childhood and the Shadows of our Adulthood
  •  4/4/2024 10:47 AM

This insightful quote plunges us into the human psyche, capturing the shift from childhood fears to adult anxieties. Uncover the journey from darkness to light as we navigate through uncertainty, self-doubt, and the quest for authenticity. Discover how confronting insecurities leads to resilience and self-discovery, empowering individuals to embrace their true potential.

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Formula 1: Beyond the Numbers in Education
  •  3/11/2024 11:16 AM

Are there compelling parallels to education and Formula 1 racing? Explore the intricate balance needed between data and human intuition, uncovering how both realms rely on nuanced interpretations for success. Join us on a journey where the high-speed precision of Formula 1 meets the artful decision-making of educators, proving that in education, just like in racing, it's the small tweaks that make monumental differences.

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Goal Set. Goal Met: Setting and Sustaining Goals
  •  3/4/2024 03:17 AM

A thought-provoking exploration into the intricacies of goal-setting, drawing parallels from escape rooms to deciphering the rhythm guiding subsequent actions. Uncover the unexpected element of "emotional echoes," silent architects shaping our behaviors, and gain actionable insights on goal-setting, including the art of placing strategic bets. Join us in this insightful journey to unravel the secrets of intentional behavior and sustainable maintenance.

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Coaching Resources

Coaching Resources

Explore our collection of free resources, and feel free to use them in your coaching practice. We believe that sharing knowledge and tools within the coaching community not only elevates the profession but also fosters collaboration and excellence. If you have any suggestions or specific topics you'd like to see covered in our future resources, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Teacher Resources

Teacher Resources

In this dedicated section, you'll find an array of valuable tools, materials, and insights designed to inspire your teaching, enhance your classroom experience, and promote professional growth. Whether you're seeking innovative teaching strategies, classroom activities, or personal development resources, we've got you covered.

Leadership Resources

Leadership Resources

In this dedicated section, you'll find a curated collection of resources designed to empower you in your leadership journey. From strategic planning and staff development to fostering a culture of innovation and inclusivity, our resources are tailored to address the multifaceted challenges and opportunities you encounter.

Professional Development Resources

Professional Development Resources

In this dedicated section, you'll discover a wealth of resources carefully crafted to support your efforts in developing and refining the skills, knowledge, and abilities of professionals across various industries. From training materials and assessment tools to strategies for leadership development and employee engagement, our resources are here to equip you with the latest insights and best practices.

CliftonStrengths Resources

CliftonStrengths Resources

In this dedicated section, you'll embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. CliftonStrengths, based on the research of Don Clifton, offers a systematic approach to identifying and leveraging your inherent strengths. Whether you're exploring your own strengths or seeking to integrate CliftonStrengths into your workplace or educational institution, you'll find valuable tools and insights here.

BIO
Melissa Laun is an experienced educator and leader with a passion for exceptional education and leadership. Holding an undergraduate degree in special and elementary education, as well as a master's degree in adolescent education, Melissa has contributed her expertise in diverse classroom settings and as an adjunct professor at the graduate level. She has also served as the Assistant Project Director for the New York State Response to Intervention Technical Assistance Center (NYS RtI TAC). Melissa furthered her educational journey by obtaining an advanced certificate in Educational Leadership, and she has held leadership roles as the Student and Support Services Director at a charter school, within the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), and as the Director of Special Education and Grants in a local school district.
With a deep commitment to alternative educational opportunities, a focus on strengths, and a dedication to taking educated risks in traditional education, Melissa advocates for shared services, hands-on training, and career and technical programming. As the CEO of Karaton, she actively seeks ways to support women in leadership and promote inclusivity for people with disabilities.
Guided by the company's values of honesty, continuous learning, and excellence, Melissa ensures that Karaton Consulting provides transparent and trustworthy guidance, fostering a culture of continuous learning and the highest standards of excellence.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Melissa finds parenting to be the most challenging yet rewarding role, considering it the hardest job in the world. Additionally, she holds her relationship with her husband in the highest regard, prioritizing it above all else in this world, second only to her beloved dog. With unwavering commitment and love, Melissa nurtures her family and cherishes the deep bond she shares with her husband of 20-plus years.
What you get when you hire me:
As a divergent thinker who takes personal psychological ownership of my thoughts and actions, you get a coach who is committed to honesty and excellence. I’m adept at dealing with problems and welcome opportunities to think through ideas, theories, and high-quality solutions.
I ask thought-provoking questions so we get directly to the root of problems and outline the right solutions. I get no joy at solving the wrong problem (no one has time for that). This involves discussing past events and collecting current evidence to anticipate potential future pitfalls and exciting new possibilities. I prefer the shortest route to eradicating deficiencies. All of this is done through a dignified and psychologically safe approach of honesty from all so we can quickly get to a place of doing better and celebrating success.

CERTIFIED
General Education
Special Education
Educational Administration
ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
Gallup CliftonStrengths coach
Effective Literacy coach (LLI)
Nationally certified in Facilitative Leadership through NYU.
AREAS OF SKILL
Instructional Coaching
Leadership Coaching
Teacher Coaching
Professional Coaching
Evaluations
Strategic Alignment and Improvement
Special Education

Michael Laun

Development Partner

Michael is an unwavering force of commitment and growth, bringing a diverse background and a passion for our company's mission to the forefront. With a deep dedication and enthusiasm, Michael inspires excellence, serving as a Certified CliftonStrengths Coach, and nurturing the development of individuals and teams.

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Last updated: 1/31/24

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