ABOUT KEENA DAY
EdCuration Podcast Interview 1.21.21
Presenter at "Committing to Anti-Racist Curriculum and Instruction" 10.1.2020
OpEd for Boardhawk March 2021 on Science of Reading Legislation
Keena Day is an educator, writer and poet. She is currently the Senior Manager of Humanities for DSST Public Schools, after serving as the Director of Secondary Literacy grades 5-12 for KIPP: Colorado Schools, and a Moonshot Fellow (Fall 2019). Prior to COVID-19 mass closures of schools, Keena worked with The Colorado Department of Education to evaluate bias and access for 5th and 6th grade state assessments. She has been an educator for 17 years; Keena has taught grades 6-12, AP Language and AP Literature and at the collegiate level as an adjunct freshman composition and technical writing instructor. Keena has led school leadership, teachers, and school organizations in many areas of literacy including curriculum, assessment, instructional design, leadership coaching, data analysis, systematic programming implementation, and literacy best practices. She has served in turn-around schools, innovation schools, public and charter schools. Keena is a trained literacy specialist and coach, and is a NAATE fellow where she developed as a facilitator and teacher leader. She has been a MNPS District Literacy Coach and Shelby County Schools Master Teacher.
Keena is also a freelance writer and journalist writing for several media outlets such as the Tennessee Tribune and My Black Colorado Magazine. She is the author of two books: AFROdisiacs (2019) and The Colors of My Boudoir (2015). She has been a guest on podcasts and radio shows and has been a speaker at conferences focused on Black women's empowerment, education, and literacy instruction.
Keena hails from Detroit, MI where she was educated at the world-renowned Cass Technical High School; she received her B.A., and M.A., in English with education credentials from Tennessee State University. Keena is a board member of the Colorado Women for Political Action (CBWPA), a board member of NOW!, Inc., where she serves as Executive Director, a board member of Boss Generation, Inc., and a member of the NAACP (Denver Chapter), Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity (Vice President, Denver Alumnae Chapter), The National Council of Teachers of English, The International Literacy Association, The Colorado Chapter of the International Reading Association (CCIRA), The Literacy Research Association (LRA), The Poetry Society of Colorado, The Colorado Author's League, The Lighthouse Writer's Workshop, The National Alliance of Black School Educators, The Academy of American Poets, Colorado People's Action, and serves as the President of the Colorado Chapter of the Tennessee State University Alumni Association. Keena was recognized as a "Forty Under 40" Awardee for TSU's 2020 class and selected as one of the top 100 educators in Colorado by My Black Colorado Magazine. Keena is currently a Doctoral student in Organizational Leadership at the University of Dayton and completes community education and professional development sessions virtually regularly. She is the mother of two sons and currently resides in Denver.