Dr. Silvia Lloyd

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About Dr. Silvia Lloyd

Dr. Silvia M. Lloyd, winner of the 2023 Community Healers Award, has become a leading figure in education, an impassioned researcher, and a seasoned interpreter of the human condition, for demonstrating how a robust social justice curriculum can help us understand, heal, and thrive during perilous times.

Through her writing, Dr. Lloyd gives voice to the voiceless and sheds light on the underserved communities in public schools. Through her lectures, she explores the need to identify gaps in curricula and to accommodate the concerns and lived experiences of marginalized children.

Her debut work, The Pandemic Preparedness Guide for School Administrators: Policies, Practices, and Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic, became an instant best seller, reaching #6 on Amazon. The high-demand from educators in Japan, the UK, and the US prompted Dr. Lloyd to create Edusite Scholars, an educational consulting firm.

She is a native of Buffalo, N.Y., a third generation educator, the descendant of an award-winning grandmother, whose activism helped break down racial barriers in the Buffalo Public Schools in the 1960’s. In 2005, Dr. Lloyd became the first Black Supervisor of Libraries for the Buffalo Public Schools and in 2007, the first Black Director of the School Library System in Rochester, N.Y.

In 2022, Dr. Lloyd published The Buffalo 10 Massacre: Spoken Word Poetry for Healing and Understanding, an award-winning social justice curriculum. She refers to it as, “the ultimate call to raise consciousness of inequity in the Black community.”

In 2024, Dr. Lloyd published Black Schools | White Lies: Identifying the Caste in K12 Schools. In this book she identifies four areas in education that stifle the growth of the Black community: Curriculum, Staffing, Funding, and Policy.

For the past two years, Dr. Lloyd has been producing and co-directing Fatal Saturday: The Buffalo Massacre of 5-14-22, a documentary about the mass shooting that took place at Tops Friendly Markets on the East Side of Buffalo.

Kasserian Ingera? (And How Are the Children?)

~Traditional Maasai Greeting

Dr. Lloyd's Books and Journals

Pandemic Preparedness Guide for School Administrators: Policies, Practices, and lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic (Schools in Crisis)

Policies, Practices, and Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Black Schools | White Lies: Identifying the Caste in K12 Schools

(Seeking Social Justice for Black America)

My Book of Poems: Personal Poetry Notebook to Express Feelings and Achieve Healing and Resiliency

(Seeking Social Justice for Black America)

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The Buffalo 10 Massacre: Spoken Word Poetry for Healing and Understanding

Unit and Lesson Plans Included (Seeking Social Justice for Black America)

PUBLIC APPEARANCES

  • Presenter: “Jefferson Strong: Our Side of the Story,” St. Brian Clothiers (2023).
  • Panelist: “Black Art As Resistance,” New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousin’s Black History Month Celebration (2023)
  • Presenter: “Using Personal Narrative Picture Books for Teaching Students How To Write Personal Narratives,” Fall Into Books, 23rd Annual Children’s & Teen’s Literature Conference (2022)
  • Guest: “The Community Control Movement: New York’s Dirty Secret,” We The Parents of Western New York (2022)
  • Panelist: “The After Mask: Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Education,” Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. East Kings County Alumnae Chapter (2022)
  • Guest: “What do Children of Color Need from our Educational System” Parent Teacher Student Check In (2022)
  • Presenter: “Rebuilding Schools After the Pandemic,” Survivors of the Pandemic (2021)
  • Panelist: “Ensuring that Black Lives Continue to Matter: Collaborating Across Divides,” Courageous Conversations: Catalyzing Change in K-12 (2020)
  • Host: Edusite Scholars Presents, “Switching Course with Dr. Silvia Lloyd,” One-On-One Interviews with Scholars and Practitioners (2020)
  • Presenter: “Pandemic Preparedness for Administrators,” Black Edfluencers-United (BE-U) Capacity Committee Breakout Session (2020)
  • Presenter: “Culturally-Responsive Pedagogy,” Social Studies Professional Learning Community, Hartsdale, NY (2018)
  • Presenter: “Meeting New APPR Goals,” SUNY Statewide Teacher and School Leader Education Network, Empire State College, (2013)
  • Presenter: “Creating Writing Centers in the Elementary School Library,” New York City School Library System, Spring Exploratorium (2012)
  • Panelist: “Illustrious Ways Libraries Keep the Dream Alive,”American Library Association (ALA) – Social Responsibilities Round Table, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Multicultural Idea Exchange (2009)

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