Kira J. Baker-Doyle

Associate Professor, School of Education

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About Me

Dr. Baker-Doyle is an Associate Professor of Education and the Director of Master's Degree and Certificate Programs 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 and Transformative Teachers: Teacher Leadership and Learning in a Connected World, published by Harvard Education 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 initiated and currently coordinates the Connected Learning Certificate, an innovative program for developing 21st century learning opportunities, networks, and experiences for educators. She 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 connected 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.

Areas Of Focus

Social Networks, Professional Development, Urban Education, Community/Civic Engagement, Connected Learning

Education History

University of Pennsylvania 1997

B.A., Major in Cultural Anthropology

University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education 1999

M.S.Ed, Major in Elementary Education

University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education 2008

Ph.D., Major in Teaching, Learning & Curriculum



The Networked Teacher: How New Teachers Build Social Networks for Professional Support

Book, Teachers College Press


Stories in networks and networks in stories: A tri-modal model for mixed-methods social network research on teachers

Article, International Journal of Research and Method in Education

Author 2012

Go ask Alice: Uncovering the role of a university partner in an informal science curriculum support network

Article, International Journal of Science Education - Part B