Kate Shuster, Ph.D., is an education researcher and author based in Montgomery, Alabama. Her work as project director for Teaching Tolerance’s Teaching Hard History initiative has included the following: researching for and writing the widely cited report Teaching Hard History: American Slavery; leading a team of experts to write and revise a suite of innovative K–12 curricular resources; producing the Teaching Hard History podcast; and creating and managing partnerships with related interpretive centers and institutions. 

Kate is also the author and researcher of Teaching Tolerance’s Teaching the Movement reports, evaluating the state of national education about the civil rights movement. She was the pilot manager and lead evaluator for the former Perspectives for a Diverse America, a Common Core-aligned anti-bias curriculum for K–12 students that is now embedded into TT’s Learning Plan Builder, Student Text Library, Student Tasks and Teaching Strategies. 

Shuster is one of the world’s leading debate educators, having written 10 textbooks and trained thousands of teachers across the globe while directing the nation’s largest program for debating in the middle grades.

Articles by Kate

Speaking of Digital Literacy…

Understanding how the brain processes information can help students unravel the origins of fake news and other mysteries of the internet.

Toward a More Civil Discourse

Civil Discourse in the Classroom offers step-by-step lessons for engaging in effective argument on divisive issues.

How State Standards Represent Indigenous Peoples

In this Q&A blog, education researcher Kate Shuster asks Sarah Shear of Penn State University-Altoona about how indigenous history is taught in U.S. classrooms and why many states’ standards need to be revamped.

Involving Students in School Improvement

How can educators enfranchise student voices for school improvement? A free toolkit—Speak Out, Listen Up!—offers some try-tomorrow strategies.

Five Questions for Stephanie Jones

In this Q&A, Stephanie Jones—a professor of educational theory and practice—answers questions about how socioeconomic class manifests in schools, class-sensitive pedagogy and more.