My teaching history includes:

  • Five years as Head Journalism teacher at The Field School
  • Ten years as a GRE and GMAT test prep teacher for Kaplan
  • School visits related to “Shaw, LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale in Washington, D.C.: An Oral History,” including elementary school, high school, college and grad school visits.
  • Writing and Oral History workshops
  • Presentations include book talks, community discussions and walking tours

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5/17/2023: Simmons University. Met with a group of leadership fellows visiting from Boston-based Simmons University.

4/20/2023: “DC Politics and Policy” course in American University’s Metropolitan Policy Center graduate program. The visit occurred after the class read the book.

3/1/2023: Capitol Hill Day School. I worked with 5th/6th graders as part of their gentrification and housing unit.

2/18/2023: “Who Belongs Here?: An Oral History of D.C.’s Most Gentrified Neighborhood.” Presentation and conversations hosted by Big Bear Cafe, Washington, D.C.

1/25/2023: “Who Belongs Here?: An Oral History of D.C.’s Most Gentrified Neighborhood.” Presentation and conversation hosted by the D.C. Preservation League.

11/29/2022 and 11/30/2022: Phelps ACE High School, Washington, D.C. As part of the PEN/Faulkner “Writers in Schools” program, I visited the class after the book was incorporated into their curriculum.

11/12/2022: “Telling Your Story: A Narrative Writing Workshop” This workshop was held for formerly incarcerated women, hosted by Community Family Life Services.

10/22/2022: “Deepening the Daily News: How Oral History Can Bring Greater Depth to the Work of Journalists,” a workshop held at the 2022 Annual Oral History Association Conference in Los Angeles, CA.

06/11/2022: Document D.C.: Photography Workshop. I led a walking tour of Shaw for the DC History Center, along with photographer Shedrick Pelt, sharing oral histories, portraits of residents, and historical photos along the way.

12/01/2021: Book talk at Busboys and Poets

11/20/2021: Book talk at Bol Cooperative Bookstore

10/26/2021: Book talk at Seaton Elementary DCPS, books provided by East City Bookshop


Shilpi was very dedicated and patient with our class. She broke down the terms and strategies into easily digestible concepts. When we had difficulty with a vocab term or a math equation she would take her time, often going back to re-explain things, and giving us 2-3 techniques to solve problems. Definitely a great Kaplan resource!” — Kaplan GRE Student

Shilpi was extremely pleasant and approachable. I felt like I could always talk to her. I appreciate her advice to me concerning the GRE and the grad school application. She seemed to care about the concerns of the entire class.” — Kaplan GRE student

Thank you for taking the time to teach our class about gentrification in the Shaw, Ledroit park, and Bloomingdale neighborhoods. We found your talk with us very interesting because of the fact that you took your time to talk to people also to learn about their background. We loved how you learned from their past experiences living in those neighborhoods. We also like how the words in your book came straight from the people you talked to. We loved learning about how Leroy was determined to help the neighborhood, even though not many people gave him credit for what he did. Thank you for letting the history of these neighborhood be known. Your book and our talk really helped understand a lot more about gentrification and helped us in the creation of our book award. Thank you for taking the time to visit our class.” — The CHDS 5th grade class

From conception to execution, Shilpi was a thoughtful partner, prioritizing the experiences of the participants and centering the voices of narrators from her oral history, Shaw, LeDroit Park & Bloomingdale in Washington, D.C. Along the route she mapped, participants took photos comparing the current built environment to images from the past. The resulting program was one of the most powerful I’ve overseen in my time at the DC History Center—a testament to Shilpi’s role in planning.” M.O., Program Manager, DC History Center