Katie Owens Uelk is the STEP Literacy Research and Development Manager for UChicago Impact. In this role, she works collaboratively with members of STEP Strengthen & Expand team on how to approach the expansion, design, and implementation of the STEP formative literacy assessment for 7th and 8th grade.
Most recently, Katie worked as an External Researcher in Chicago Public Schools to design and administer an arts-based pilot program for adolescent literacy instruction. Before moving to Chicago, she taught 4th through 8th grade in St. Louis. Katie holds a B.A. in English Writing and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from DePauw University. She also earned an M.Ed. in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Urban Education and Social Justice from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Katie holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Her areas of research expertise include adolescent literacy, arts-based pedagogies, participatory learning models, and culturally relevant pedagogies.