Kara Taylor, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Phone:
(317) 278-3120
Fax:
(317) 274-6864
Email:
karatayl@iu.edu
Department:
Teacher Education
Campus:
IUPUI

Résumé/CV on Box

ES3119

Education

  • Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with Language, Literacy and Culture as specialization, University of Illinois at Chicago (2018)
  • M.A. Roosevelt University, Elementary Education, (2012)
  • MFA Chicago State University, Creative Writing- African American Diaspora/Fiction Writing, (2012)
  • B.A. University of Illinois at Chicago, English, (2010)

Biography

I am a former elementary teacher, literacy coach and curriculum designer. I taught middle school literacy and social studies in Chicago Public Schools for seven years. From this experience, I developed a research interest in culturally sustaining writing instruction /assessment enacted by teachers of color for students of color. I consider myself to be a public intellectual committed to analyzing and exploring issues pertaining to social justice, oppression and equity in education.

Much of my research revolves around the enactment of culturally sustaining theory through written and spoken feedback as well as culturally sustaining writing and assessments providing healing spaces for students to write themselves in the world.

Courses Taught

  • EDUC-E340 Methods of Teaching Reading

Publications

  • Woodard, R., Vaughn, A., Phillips, N., & Taylor, K. (2018). Cultivating urban literacies through a pedagogy of spatial justice. Voices from the Middle, 25(3), 28-31.

Research Interests

  • Culturally Sustaining Literacy Instruction and Assessments/Feedback
  • Wounded Healing
  • Urban Education