About Laura Kelly

Laura Beth Kelly is an assistant professor of Educational Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Laura Beth Kelly is an assistant professor of Educational Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

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NBN Episodes hosted by Laura:

Jessica Lander, "Making Americans: Stories of Historic Struggles, New Ideas, and Inspiration in Immigrant Education" (Beacon Press, 2022)

June 28, 2024

Making Americans

Jessica Lander
Hosted by Laura Kelly

A landmark work that weaves captivating stories about the past, present, and personal into an inspiring vision for how America can educate immigrant s…

Jennifer C. Berkshire and Jack Schneider, "The Education Wars: A Citizen’s Guide and Defense Manual" (The New Press, 2024)

June 27, 2024

The Education Wars

Jennifer C. Berkshire and Jack Schneider
Hosted by Laura Kelly

A perfectly timed book for the educational resistance—those of us who believe in public schools Culture wars have engulfed our schools. Extremist grou…

Michael V. Singh, "Good Boys, Bad Hombres: The Racial Politics of Mentoring Latino Boys in Schools" (U Minnesota Press, 2024)

June 16, 2024

Good Boys, Bad Hombres

Michael V. Singh
Hosted by Laura Kelly

The unintended consequences of youth empowerment programs for Latino boys Educational research has long documented the politics of punishment for boys…

Ariana Mangual Figueroa, "Knowing Silence: How Children Talk about Immigration Status in School" (U Minnesota Press, 2024)

May 7, 2024

Knowing Silence

Ariana Mangual Figueroa
Hosted by Laura Kelly

Learning from children about citizenship status and how it shapes their schooling. There is a persistent assumption in the field of education that c…

John Arena, "Expelling Public Schools: How Antiracist Politics Enable School Privatization in Newark" (U Minnesota Press, 2023)

October 9, 2023

Expelling Public Schools

John Arena
Hosted by Laura Kelly

Exploring the role of identitarian politics in the privatization of Newark’s public school system In Expelling Public Schools, John Arena explores the…

Cara Fitzpatrick, "The Death of Public School: How Conservatives Won the War Over Education in America" (Basic Books, 2023)

August 23, 2023

The Death of Public School

Cara Fitzpatrick
Hosted by Laura Kelly

America has relied on public schools for 150 years, but the system is increasingly under attack. With declining enrollment and diminished trust in pub…

Jennifer Keys Adair and Kiyomi Sánchez-Suzuki Colegrove, "Segregation by Experience: Agency, Racism, and Learning in the Early Grades" (U Chicago Press, 2021)

August 18, 2023

Segregation by Experience

Jennifer Keys Adair and Kiyomi Sánchez-Suzuki Colegrove
Hosted by Laura Kelly

Early childhood can be a time of rich discovery, a period when educators have an opportunity to harness their students’ fascination to create unique l…

Jack Schneider and Jennifer Berkshire, "A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School" (The New Press, 2023)

June 28, 2023

A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door

Jack Schneider and Jennifer Berkshire
Hosted by Laura Kelly

Across the U.S., state legislatures-often under the cover of darkness, and usually in spite of public opposition-are passing bills that channel public…

Mark R. Warren, "Willful Defiance: The Movement to Dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline" (Oxford UP, 2021)

June 7, 2023

Willful Defiance

Mark R. Warren
Hosted by Laura Kelly

The story of how Black and Brown parents, students and members of low-income communities of color organized to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline…

Karin Chenoweth, "Districts That Succeed: Breaking the Correlation Between Race, Poverty, and Achievement" (Harvard Education Press, 2021)

May 9, 2023

Districts That Succeed

Karin Chenoweth
Hosted by Laura Kelly

In Districts That Succeed: Breaking the Correlation Between Race, Poverty, and Achievement (Harvard Education Press, 2021), long-time education writer…

Elly Fishman, "Refugee High: Coming of Age in America" (The New Press, 2021)

April 26, 2023

Refugee High

Elly Fishman
Hosted by Laura Kelly

Lit Hub's Most Anticipated of 2021. Winner of the Studs and Ida Terkel Award. A year in the life of a Chicago high school that has one of the highest…

Rachael Gabriel, "How Education Policy Shapes Literacy Instruction" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2022)

April 26, 2023

How Education Policy Shapes Literacy Instruction

Rachael Gabriel
Hosted by Laura Kelly

Reading instruction is the most legislated area of education and the most frequently referenced metric for measuring educational progress. This book, …