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About Camika Royal
Camika Royal, Ph.D., is an associate professor of urban education at Loyola, where she focuses on the intersections of race, politics, history, and urban school reform. Dr. Royal began her career as an urban education professional in the public schools of Baltimore City and Washington, D.C., teaching, coaching teachers, and helping to lead a charter high school before transitioning to higher education in 2006. She joined Loyola's School of Education faculty in 2014, helped to launch the school’s urban education minor and, for two years, led the Center for Innovation in Urban Education. She is a highly requested speaker, consultant, and professional developer on issues of school context-based racism and other forms of oppression through ideologies, policies, and practices. Her book, Not Paved For Us: Black Educators and Public School Reform in Philadelphia, was released in May 2022 from Harvard Education Press. Dr. Royal received her B.A. in English Literature with a Political Science minor from North Carolina Central University, her M.A.T. in English Education from Johns Hopkins University, and her Ph.D. in Urban Education from Temple University.
About The LP: Literature in Practice
UnboundEd's goal is to instill the GLEAM™ (Grade-Level, Engaging, Affirming, and Meaningful) instructional framework into classrooms across the nation with professional development, curated programs, and now with a brand new podcast series, The LP: Literature in Practice. Host Brandon White interviews the authors of today’s thought-provoking educational literature and connects the text to GLEAM.
About Brandon White
Brandon White is a former middle school ELA teacher and Restorative Practices educator for the Rochester City School District. He has worked for seven years as a servant leader intern and site coordinator for Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Summer Literacy Programs in Rochester. He has also advocated for these practices through his participation in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Teacher Advisory Council and through providing professional development at BMGF-sponsored Elevate and Celebrate Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) Conferences.
Book: Walking in Circles: The Black Struggle for School Reform by Barbara Sizemore
Tool: Reflecting on Your System's Starting Point by TNTP
Article: They Schools: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy under Siege by Camika Royal and Simone Gibson
Video: Not Paved For Us Booktalk by The Free Library of Philadelphia
Book: So Much Reform, So Little Change: The Persistence of Failure in Urban Schools by Charles M. Payne