Matthew R. Kay

Matthew R. Kay is a proud product of Philadelphia’s public schools and a founding teacher at Science Leadership Academy (SLA). He is a graduate of West Chester University and holds a Masters in Educational Leadership with a Principals’ Certificate from California University of Pennsylvania.

At SLA, he teaches an innovative inquiry-driven, project-based curriculum. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of Philly Slam League (PSL), a non-profit organization that shows young people the power of their voices through weekly spoken word competitions. The PSL is the only season-long, school-based slam poetry league in the United States.

He deeply believes in the importance of earnest and mindful classroom conversations about race. Furthermore, he believes that any teacher who is willing to put in the hard work of reflection can, through the practice of discrete skills, become a better discussion leader. Driven by these convictions, he is passionate about designing professional development that teachers find valuable.

Matthew lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Cait, and his daughter, Adia Sherrill & Bennu Jane.


Beyond the Book

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Presentation Titles: 

  • Not Light, But Fire (Grades 6–12)
  • Demystifying the “Safe Space” (Grades 7–12)
  • Developing Your “Talking Game” (Grades 7–12)
  • Establishing Your Purpose (Grades 7–12)
  • Structuring Your Dialogic Curriculum (Grades 7–12)
  • Hitting for Contact: Consistent Success in Race Conversations