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Kathleen Riley, Ph.D.

​Kathleen Riley earned her bachelors in English at Colby College, her master's in teaching at American University, and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania's Reading, Writing, and Literacy program. Her teaching and scholarship interests include adolescent literacy, critical literacy education, teacher inquiry and activism, gender and sexuality in education, and teaching for social justice. Before joining the faculty at West Chester, Dr. Riley taught in the public schools in Washington DC, Fairfax County, VA, Newton, MA, and Boston, MA, in the Upward Bound program for high school students in Philadelphia, and in various master's and doctoral programs at the University of Pennsylvania.

Katie Solic, Ph.D.

Courses Typically Taught: Foundations in Reading, Reading Instruction and Practicum, Assessment and Instructional Interventions in Reading and Language Arts, Reading in the Content Areas, Literacy Practicum and Seminar II Katie Solic earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame, her M.Ed. in Reading Education from the University of Florida, and her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Dr. Solic brings experience as a language arts teacher and literacy specialist at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in both public and independent school settings. She began her college teaching experience as an adjunct instructor at West Chester University. Prior to joining the faculty at West Chester University full-time, Dr. Solic served as a Michael Pressley Memorial Research Fellow at Benchmark School in Media, PA. Her research focuses on meeting the needs of striving readers and the teachers dedicated to supporting them.

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  • Introducing abolitionist education to teacher candidates
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Abolitionist Teacher Education in the Contact Zone: Tensions of Facilitating Teacher Candidate Learning in Activist Educator Spaces

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