Dr. Kmt G. Shockley joins the Howard University School of Education, Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in the fall, 2015. For the past five years he held the position of associate professor of urban educational leadership in the Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership & Policy in the School of Education and Urban Studies at Morgan State University where he taught doctoral students and supervised their dissertations. Prior to working at Morgan, he was associate professor at George Mason University where he taught practicing classroom teachers in a Master’s degree program that was focused on teacher transformation. He has authored numerous articles and two books on the broad topic of African American education, specifically African centered education. Dr. Shockley’s most recent book is entitled, The Miseducation of Black Children, published by African American Images (Chicago, IL). He has published works in journals such as The Journal of Negro Education, the Journal of Black Studies, the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and the International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, to name a few. In addition to his work as a professor and researcher, he served as founding board member for a charter school in Washington, DC. Dr. Shockley holds a PhD in Organizational Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Shockley’s present research includes funding to study a burgeoning African-centered school in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where as their lead consultant he assists with the transformation of the academy to become an African centered school. He has also received funding to study issues related to truancy and student absenteeism at the Friendship Community Public Charter School in Washington, DC. Dr. Shockley has consulted in the Blackville, South Carolina School District, working with Social Studies teachers attempting to enhance their pedagogy by increasing their multicultural content knowledge. He also serves as a consultant to teachers and administrators wishing to increase their skills related to working with African American students in several districts including the Washington, DC Public Schools, Lawrence Township Public School System (Indiana), and the Baltimore City Public Schools. He routinely conducts workshops across the country focusing on issues related to African American children, urban education, and educational leadership.
In addition to his scholarly and consulting pursuits, Dr. Shockley has been a mentor to many inner city youth. His background as a college football player, college student leader, and community activist has helped him relate to the pursuits of urban youth. He is an official “Living Legend” for his work as a community activist in Cincinnati, OH. At the same time, he teaches classical piano to a completely different demographic of youth and adults. In October 2015, Dr. Shockley will audition with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra (Maryland) to play a major piano concerto.
Dr. Shockley has appeared on numerous televisions outlets, including MSNBC, CNN and C-SPAN; he has appeared on various radio stations, and he has traveled to Africa, China and throughout North and South America for his humanistic and commonsensical approach to true education and personal transformation.