Professor Kara Derstine
Professor Kara Derstine

Karalyn McGrorty Derstine

“It is impossible to prepare the child for any precise set of conditions. To prepare him for the future life means to give him command of himself.” (John Dewey, 1897)




Ed.D., Gwynedd Mercy University

M.L.A., University of Pennsylvania,

B.S., Temple University


EDUC-280: Education and Inequality

EDUC-453/493: Student Teaching

EDUC-454: Professional Seminar

Research Interests

Race & Gender




Disability Studies

Education Policy

History of Education

Public Health

Educational Neuroscience

American Studies

Recent Work

CVI Now Perkins School for the Blind “Have you ever heard of CVI?” A parent story of persistence and support

Social Studies and the Young Learner (NCSS) “If You’re Not Intentionally Including, You’re Unintentionally Excluding: Implementing Best Practices in Universal Design for Learning in a Social Studies Classroom.” (in progress)

Legacies, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Teacher’s Turn: Pestilence and Pandemics through Pennsylvania History, Spring 2019

Legacies, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Teaching Organized Labor in American History, Spring 2014