Kate Kedley

Kate Kedley is a second year PhD student in the Language, Literacy & Culture program in the College of Education.  In the ten years before graduate school, Kate taught secondary English in Yuma, Arizona and Language Arts and PE in La Lima, Honduras.  In Iowa, she has worked with local ELL students and inmates in the state prison working towards a GED. Kate has three children, Boris (18), Kaiser (13), and Malachy (8).  Kate's research centers around definitions of and access to literacy.  This summer, Kate traveled to Honduras and interviewed fifteen striking teachers about how they challenge national educational reform from above.  The interviews centered around the use of social movements and popular education in an attempt to change what "literate" means and the methods of providing access to that new literacy.