Kelli N. Seaton

Guest Blogger

Former Principal and Teacher

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kelli N. Seaton is an innovative, visionary, outcomes oriented educational leader who is passionate about educational equity and social justice. She is committed to ensuring that children of color, particularly those of the African diaspora who live in urban areas, experience learning environments that actively embrace both qualitative and quantitative results in academic achievement, cultural proficiency, critical consciousness and community activism.

Seaton attended Howard University where she studied English and secondary education. While studying at Purdue University, she earned a M.S. in school counseling and worked as a school counselor in the Lafayette School Corporation while completing her Ph.D. in secondary administration and supervision.

After completing her doctorate, she joined Teach For America and was a corps member at Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia. Thereafter, Seaton had the opportunity to serve as the founding principal for Mastery Charter Schools Pickett Campus in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

She later joined the Teach For America Greater Philadelphia team as the vice president for teacher leadership development. Through her work as a consultant, Seaton continues to be committed to understanding the relationship between privilege, oppression, and access and to amplifying the voices of Black and Brown children and families and of those from low income backgrounds.

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Posted Aug. 23, 2017

4 Ways We Can Be More Culturally Responsive in Our Hiring Practices

Cultural responsiveness isn’t just a checklist. Being culturally responsive means taking Dr. King’s definition of education—“to teach one to think…

By Kelli N. Seaton

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Posted Aug. 1, 2017

3 Questions You Need to Ask Before Teaching at an Urban School

What’s the difference between working in an urban school versus a suburban one? A private school versus a public school?…

By Kelli N. Seaton

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