Professor Kathryn Riley and DancePoet TioMolina bring the best of Education and Art to our partnerships with schools – their leaders, staff, young people and communities - aiming to help create a sense of place, belonging and agency.
Kathryn Riley is Professor of Urban Education at the UCL, Institute of Education. She is an international scholar whose work bridges policy and practice. Born in Manchester, Kathryn began her work in education as a volunteer teacher in Eritrea. She has taught in inner-city schools, held political office in London, as an elected member of the Inner London Education Authority (the ILEA), and been a local authority Chief Officer. She was first appointed as a Professor in 1993.
Kathryn’s international experience includes heading up the World Bank’s Effective Schools and Teachers Group and project’s with UNICEF and the OECD. Current innovative research on place and belonging explores how to create the conditions that will enable our young people to fly. Her most recent book "Place, Belonging & School Leadership: Researching to make the difference" is published by Bloomsbury in 2017.
TioMolina is a choreographer, poet, dancer and artistic director. He trained in Cuba and worked as a dancer in Havana’s renowned Tropicana, later moving to the Conjunto Nacional de Espectaculos under the direction of Alberto Alonso. His work embraces Cuban popular dance, Contemporary, Ballet and Afro-Cuban folk dance styles. Recent videos include the Havana hit ‘Marietta’.
TioMolina has been based in London for many years and has given workshops for the Royal Opera House, Hampstead School of Performing Arts and Greenwich Dance Agency. His many collaborations include events with the Barbican, the Royal Festival Hall and the Round House.
Tio performs in English and Spanish. He has a wide repertoire of poetry and is currently developing a new approach to poetry performance which fuses poetry with contemporary musical rhythms. He is also exploring the significance of Rumba as part of Cuba’s national identity.