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DR. KEISHA SIRIBOE is a scholar, researcher, and international advocate of literacy education and student leadership development. Through her TEDx talks, international conference lectures, research, keynote speeches, and programmatic work, she brings a diverse perspective to educational research and parent-child reading aloud. As the first African-American to earn a master’s from Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China and a first-generation college student, Dr. Keisha bring a globally inclusive approach to early childhood literacy that is culturally diverse, internationally informed, and firmly rooted in over twenty years of education experience. She is the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong, Dr. Keisha is a globally respected scholar with several academic awards to her name. She has served in leadership capacities with the American Education Research Association (AERA), the World Education Research Association (WERA),  and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Education 2030 Project.

Dr. Keisha brings a global perspective to her literacy work. She has researched adult-child reading aloud and worked with parents, caregivers, and educators in the United States, England, China, and Hong Kong SAR over the last ten years. 


Professionally, she returned to the United States in 2019 to work as a Director at Reading Is Fundamental, the nation's oldest literacy nonprofit. She worked with publishers, designed digital content, and provided professional development for schools and nonprofits at a national level. In 2020, she launched Dr. Keisha Cares full time, in response to the unprecedented shift in education and the urgent need for adult skill building to help mitigate the growing inequalities amongst disadvantaged communities.

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Community Leader

Volunteer Service



  • 2020 –Present - Educators For Antiracism: Board Member, Co-Director of Webinar Committee, and served as Interim Executive Director in 2021. Organized and sponsored the 2021 Virtual Summer Conference. Website: 


  • 2021 – Present - Early and Family Literacy Committee, Association for Library Service to Children , A Division of the American Library Association Website:  

  • 2021 – Present - Early Childhood Services and Programs Committee, Association for Library Service to Children , A Division of the American Library Association Website:  


Global Keynote Speaker

  • 2020 – Siriboe, K. “How to Talk to Young Students About Racism, Protests, and Their Role in Shaping the Future using Children’s Picture Books.” Conference Speaker, National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) organized by Asia Society and College Board.

  • 2020 – Siriboe, K. “Courageous Teaching and Brave Learning with Read for Success.” Conference Speaker, The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

  • 2020 - Siriboe, K. “Ready to Read, Ready to Succeed: Developing Literacy Birth to Five.” Keynote speaker, underwritten by PNC Bank, invited by Literacy Center of West Michigan.


  • 2019 - Siriboe, K. “Education Futures: Fostering Learning Societies.” Invited speaker for the World Innovation Summit for Education, Qatar Foundation, February 21st, Paris, France.


  • 2018 - Siriboe, K. “Interviews with Leaders: Empowering Educators and Students.” Invited speaker for the AFS Intercultural Programs

  • 2018 Global Conference, September 26th-28th, Budapest, Hungary.

  • 2018 - Siriboe, K. “Why We All Need to Start Reading Aloud to Our Kids.” Invited speaker for the TEDx WanChai Emergence Talks, June 2nd, Hong Kong.


  • 2017 - Siriboe, K. “Global Inclusion and Diversity.” Invited speaker for State Street Bank Professional Development Series, September 27th, Hong Kong.

  • 2017 - Siriboe, K. “Innovation through Inclusion: Building Innovation through Inclusive Community.” Credit Suisse, Hong Kong. Invited speaker for the Credit Suisse IT Women Council panel and networking event, September 21st, Hong Kong.

  • 2016 - Siriboe, K. “Improving Early Childhood Literacy Development through Parent-Child Reading Aloud.” Invited speaker of Clifford Chance & J.P. Morgan, Hong Kong, May 13th.

  • 2016 - Siriboe, K. “Early Childhood Literacy & Parent-Child Bonding.” Invited speaker for a corporate social responsibility event with Coca-Cola, Hong Kong, March 5th.

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Passionate Educator


How reading aloud can help you bond with your kids and make them better readers 




  • OECD (2018), “The Future of Education and Skills: Education 2030”(position paper), OECD, Paris,


  • Siriboe, K., & Harfitt, G. (2017). “A parental perspective of school and familial curriculum-making: A narrative inquiry of early childhood education planning in Hong Kong.” Education 3-13, 46(5), 535-546. doi:10.1080/03004279.2017.1310272 Full Article Link:

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