Dr. Kira Baker-Doyle
Director of the Literacies, Technologies and Citizenship Studies Programs
Academic Co-Director of the Rendell Center for Citizenship and Civics
Dr. Baker-Doyle is an Assistant Professor of Education and
the Coordinator of the Literacies, Technologies and Citizenship Studies program
in the School of Education at Arcadia University. Her research centers on
teacher professional development, social network theory, and community
engagement, especially in urban schools and communities. She is the author of The Networked Teacher: How New Teachers
Build Social Networks for Professional Support, published by Teachers
College Press. Dr. Baker-Doyle conducts workshops and academic talks for
diverse audiences of teachers and scholars about her research on teachers’
social support networks, and has worked with national organizations such as the
National Writing Project and the Children’s Literacy Initiative.
At Arcadia, Dr. Baker-Doyle teaches courses in literacy with
an emphasis on designing field-based partnerships and learning experiences. Previously,
she has taught courses in service-learning and urban education. She has a
special interest in the use of online technologies and multi-media to support
student learning and community-building.
Kira is also known as one-half of “John & Kira’s,” a
nationally-known gourmet chocolate company, which she helped her husband to
start in 2000. She and her husband won the Eddy Award for Commitment to Public
Education in 2011 as a result of their work collaborating with school-based
urban garden programs.
- Baker-Doyle, K. (2012) Go ask Alice: Uncovering the role of a university partner in an informal science curriculum support network. International Journal of Science Education Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, July 2012, 1-13.
- Baker-Doyle, K. (2012) The social networks of new teachers: Locating and building professional support. The New Educator, 8(1), 65-85.
- Baker-Doyle, K. (2011) The Networked Teacher: How New Teachers Build Social Networks for Professional Support. Teachers College Press. New York, NY.
- Baker-Doyle, K. & Yoon, S. A. (2010) Making expertise transparent: Using technology to strengthen social networks in Teacher Professional Development. In Daly, A. J. (Ed) Social Network Theory and Educational Change. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, pp 115-127.
- Baker-Doyle, K. & Yoon, S.A. (2010) In search of practitioner-based social capital: A social network analysis tool for understanding and facilitating teacher collaboration in a professional development program. Professional Development in Education, 37 (1)
- Baker-Doyle, K. (2010) Examining teacher recruitment and retention from a Social Network Perspective. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 18.