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Raise Your Hand for Equity in Education


Teacher shortages, lack of diversity, outdated policies, inequitable access - learn how to be a part of the evolution of the education system at the 91制片厂 School of Education.

"The EPL program has benefitted me in so many ways as a professional and helped me to broaden my impact as an education leader. The program gave me priceless insight into our country's education systems and the laws and policies that impact access to quality education. It taught me how to effectively build comprehensive data systems to track goals and communicate outcomes. I use the skills and knowledge that were shared with me daily."

Luis Paredes Alvizurez was born in the District of Columbia and grew up in听nearby听Maryland, returning听to DC听high school听in his freshman year, where he graduated in听2023.听鈥淐hoosing 91制片厂 was an easy decision,鈥 Paredes said. 鈥淚 applied to twelve colleges, but AU was the one that most caught my eye because of the area and how lovely the campus is. I鈥檝e always had a passion for helping others and sharing knowledge,鈥 he said. 鈥淚 had some incredible teachers that made learning fun and engaging,听but others weren鈥檛 as engaging, and I would like to change that. Becoming an educator will allow me to make a positive impact on the lives of others.鈥

Jesse Lima, SOE/MAT 鈥24

Using what he鈥檚 learned from AU鈥檚 School of Education, the DC Public Schools first-grade teacher Jesse Lima, Master of Arts in Teaching 鈥24, is shaping the next generation of Washington learners at Janney Elementary School in Tenleytown.听鈥淒iversity means including everyone,鈥 Lima said. 鈥淚n our classroom community, we are all seen.鈥

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2024 Spring Commencement

The AU School of Education (SOE) Spring 2024听Commencement ceremony included听students from two programs' first graduating cohorts. The MAT graduates included members from SOE's听City Teaching Alliance听(CTA) program; the BA graduates included Fellows from the School's听AU Teaching Fellows听program.

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A Research Series

Watch faculty share their research presentations, build community and critically engage with one another on their work.

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70 Years Later: Critical Education Policy to Live Out the Promise of Brown v. Board of Education

Did Brown v. Board of Education Fulfill its Promise?

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The Right to Read: The greatest civil rights issue of our time.

Faculty Author Guide to Discuss Documentary

The Right to Read documentary听addresses the foundational skill among听young people.

Two SOE ITEP students visit Japan, joining researches and other students

SOE Students Travel to Japan

ITEP students were among researchers and other students exposed to Japan鈥檚 society and culture.

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Maya Angelou Schools Student Learning

Teaching Those Most in Need

Dr. Clarisse Mendoza Davis, 鈥08, runs toward the students that everyone else could not reach.

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Fall 2024 Academic Calendar

If you're a potential student, student, parent, or community member, check out the fall 2024 academic calendar.

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  • Dr. Jennifer Steele, Professor, weighed in on The National Desk in an interview about the learning loss, including too much screen time,听during the COVID lockdown. [June 10, 2024]

  • Senior Professorial Lecturer Dr. Andrea Guiden Pittman co-authored "How Black Teachers Lost When Civil Rights Won in Brown v. Board" in The Conversation. [May 16, 2024]

  • 91制片厂鈥檚 Board of Trustees recently appointed former Assistant Professor听Dr. Emily Peterson听to Associate Professor at the School of Education. [May 28, 2024]

  • Senior Professorial Lecturers听Drs. Antonio L. Ellis and Phelton C. Moss听听the听Wiley听article 鈥淏reaking the Silence: Student Affairs鈥 Role in Black Male Faculty Well-Being at Predominantly White Institutions.鈥澨齕May 28, 2024]

  • Dr. Phelton C. Moss听听the听Hechinger Report听op-ed 鈥淏lack Principals Play a Key Role in Transforming Education. We Need More of Them,鈥 where he听听the critical role Black principals have played in the development of Black teachers. Additionally, he听听(with EdD student听Brianna Nargiso, '25) 鈥5 Truths About Brown V. Board of Education,鈥 an听ASCD听op-ed听听that teachers must ensure students鈥 understanding of the enduring significance of the Brown v. Board of Education case. [May 28, 2024]

  • Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education and Senior Professorial Lecturer听Dr. Ocheze Joseph听was quoted in the听Education Week听听"These Preparation Programs Are Creating a 'Tutor to Teacher' Pipeline," which听听how tutoring is giving aspirant teachers early experience in teaching.听[May 28, 2024]

  • SOE鈥檚听Child Development Associate (CDA)听program was听听in a Council for Professional Recognition profile, 鈥淭he Rewards of Reaching Out.鈥 The spotlight听听the Advancing Early Education Collaborative, which created the CDA program to allow Black or Latina women who live or work Washington, DC's Wards 7 or 8 to excel in the field.[May 28, 2024]

  • Senior Professorial Lecturer听Dr. Amaarah DeCuir听was听听Advisor of the Year at 91制片厂鈥檚 2024 University and Student Achievement Awards, an inaugural event which听听individuals who contributed to key accomplishments on campus in the last year.听[May 28, 2024]

  • Undergraduate Advisor听Jody Hagen-Smith听was awarded Outstanding Sophomore-Senior Advisor by 91制片厂's Dean of Undergraduate Education and Academic Student Services.听[May 28, 2024]

  • SOE听Dean Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy听was听听as a Read to Succeed honoree at 鈥淩ead to Succeed 2024.鈥 The event听听Reading Partners and their committed community supporters, which includes the AU School of Education.听[May 28, 2024]

  • 91制片厂鈥檚 Board of Trustees recently appointed former Provost Associate Professor听Dr. Brian McGowan听to Full Professor at the School of Education.听[May 28, 2024]

  • Dr. Phelton Moss听was awarded a scholarship to听听in the Aspen Institute Justice and Society Seminar in听. He also听gave a speech honoring Black teachers who were formative in his life at the White House听听its events celebrating President Biden鈥檚听听of National Teacher Appreciation Week.听[May 28, 2024]

  • Dr. Eugene Pringle, Senior Professorial Lecturer, delivered the keynote presentation at the Georgetown Day School event Discover HBCU, where he discussed the impact and cultural influences of historically Black colleges and universities.听[May 28, 2024]

  • Adjunct Instructor听Dr. Jasmine Rogers听conducted the听听鈥淟anguage Comprehension and Linguistically Responsive: Black Language Use in Structured Literacy Lessons鈥 at the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education鈥檚 Spring 2024 OSSE Literacy Conference. EdD alum听Dr. Tomiko Ball, 鈥22, held the听听鈥淒isrupting Power Dynamics Within Literacy Instruction: Connections and Comprehension鈥 at the event.听[May 28, 2024]

  • Research Assistant Professor-in-Residence听Dr. Lauren Shea听听SOE as lead researcher and co-principal investigator at the 2024 National Science Foundation ITEST Principal Investigators Meeting, 鈥淚nnovating Equitable STEM Learning for the Future Technological Workforce,鈥 where she听听her research team's STEM Tales Project.听[May 28, 2024]

  • Dr. Sung Ryung Lyu听gave a video听, "African 91制片厂 Headstart Teachers' Approaches to Police Play in the Era of Black Lives Matter," for听Faculti, an academic streaming platform. View her talk, which suggests that policymakers; curriculum designers; and early childhood educators must be more inclusive of teachers of color,听.听[April 24, 2024]
  • In the听Education Week听听"How These Teachers Build Curriculum 鈥楤eyond Black History,鈥" Acting Co-Dean听Dr. Rodney Hopson听about his evaluation of a new Black studies curriculum in New York City.听[April 24, 2024]
  • Senior Professorial Lecturer听Dr.Phelton Moss听听an op-ed for听The Hill, "School Absenteeism Has Soared, Congress Must Act on Plans to Address the Issue," which听听the alarming rise in chronically absent public school students.听[April 24, 2024]
  • SOE Dean听Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy听and Antiracist Pedagogy Scholar听Dr. Annice Fisher听听the听Diverse: Issues in Higher Education听op-ed, 鈥淏eyond Statements Toward Action: Maintaining the Antiracist Promise During the Anti-DEI Movement,鈥 where they听听six lessons learned about sustaining organizational change amid polarization.听[April 24, 2024]
  • Dr.Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy听was听听the 91制片厂 Counseling Association's 2024 David K. Brooks, Jr. Distinguished Mentor Award, which听听an individual who has demonstrated enthusiasm and support for the unique educational experience of mentoring. [April 24, 2024]

  • AU recognized Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer听Dr. Carolyn A. Parker听andSenior Professorial Lecturer听Dr. Ocheze Joseph听with Faculty Awards. Joseph won the Outstanding Community Engagement Award while Parker won the Outstanding Contribution to Fostering Collaborative Scholarship Award.听[April 24, 2024]

  • Adjunct Instructor听Dr. Jasmine Rogers听听a keynote address, 鈥淟iberation Through Language: Educators as the Catalyst of Linguistic Justice,鈥 at the Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers: World Language Justice Conference, an听听which highlights the intersection of social justice and world language.听[April 24, 2024]

  • Scholar-in-Residence听Dr. Robert Simmons听was听听as a 2024 Pahara Fellow, a听听that identifies exceptional leaders in the educational excellence and equity movement, facilitates their dynamic growth, and strengthens their collective efforts to improve public education.听[April 24, 2024]


  • Dr. Phelton C. Moss听听the听Hechinger Report听op-ed 鈥淏lack Principals Play a Key Role in Transforming Education. We Need More of Them,鈥 where he听听the critical role Black principals have played in the development of Black teachers. Additionally, he听听(with EdD student听Brianna Nargiso, '25) 鈥5 Truths About Brown V. Board of Education,鈥 an听ASCD听op-ed听听that teachers must ensure students鈥 understanding of the enduring significance of the Brown v. Board of Education case. [May 28, 2024]

  • EdD alum听Dr. Dia L. Jones, '22, will听听a workshop at STEMNoire 2024: Black Women Leading the STEM Renaissance Conference which will听听attendees with tools to build their belongingness capacity in STEM spaces. She will also present research to support increased participation of Black girls and women in STEM at this summer's Black Gaze Symposium.听[May 28, 2024]

  • EdD student听Julie Corbett, '25, was one of the subjects of a听The Hour听, "Chalk Talk: A Diverse Group of Norwalkers Are Being Trained to Be Civic Influencers," which detailed a听听she designed enabling diverse citizens of Norwalk, CT, to participate in a civics lesson on local government.听[May 28, 2024]

  • EdD alum听Dr. Iris Bond Gill,听'24, has been named a听Fellow. The program invests in thinkers who generate big, bold ideas that have an impact and spark new conversations about the most pressing issues of our day.听[May 28, 2024]

  • EdD student听Darla Davenport-Powell, 鈥24, plays the role of the family matriarch Lucy Bell in the slavery-centered live-animation听The Bell Affair, which explores freedom lawsuits of US slaves and recently began听听on Amazon Prime.听[April 24, 2024]

  • Education Policy and Leadership (EPL) MEd students听Lauren Gustafson,听Meanha Kim, and听Kwand Lang, Jr.听of听Dr. Phelton Moss鈥檚 proseminar course are partnering with Opportunity Consulting to develop a series of toolkits for school leaders with strategies to bolster school improvement efforts. EPL MEd students听Jarren听Newby,听Kissiah听Valle, and听Angeliki Papari-Kosiori听accompanied Moss to a Capitol Hill roundtable discussion he organized and facilitated for Black and Latino school superintendents from across the country and the education policy advisors of President Biden and Vice President Harris. [April 24, 2024]
  • Dr. Sarah Trembath, EdD 鈥23, and AU professorial lecturer of literature,听听"Active Engagement," a听听of the book听Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain听for Washington Independent Review of Books.听[March 21, 2024]
  • Anna Lapera,MAT 鈥17,听听Mani Semilla听Finds Her Quetzal Voice, a book inspired by her teaching experience during her time at AU and since. It was named the 鈥淢ost anticipated middle grade book of 2024鈥 by the School Library Journal. [March 21, 2024]
  • Along with her AU Center for Teaching, Research & Learning (CTRL)听, elementary education senior听Qudsia Saeed听co-presented "Student Feedback and Co-Creation for Equitable Teaching and Learning," which emphasized the importance of professors embracing and integrating student feedback.听[Feb 10, 2024]
  • Education Policy and Leadership MEd alumna听Regina Wesley听is now working as a Management Analyst for Workforce Development and Enhancement at the Division of Early Learning for DC's Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). [Feb 10, 2024]
  • Education Policy and Leadership MEd alumna听Katy Mullins听was accepted into a doctoral听program in education at Johns Hopkins, where her research will focus on the intersection of technology and language arts education. [Feb 9, 2024]
  • Alum听Jimmy Sarakatsannis, MAT 鈥07, was听听the Chajes Family Distinguished Honors Alumni Award by the University of Delaware for his work in education. A senior partner at the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, his听听focuses on how technology can transform teaching and learning from pre-K-12 to higher education. [December 18, 2023]
  • The Center for Teaching, Research & Learning听() Student Partners are AU undergraduate students who work directly with CTRL staff to bring their voices and perspectives to conversations about teaching and learning at AU, and integrate the student experience in CTRL鈥檚 work. SOE's CTRL听听-听Marie Dioneda,听Qudsia Saeed,听Alli Sattler, and听Nathaniel Smith听- will present their work on a panel at AU's Ann Ferren Conference in听.听[December 18, 2023]
  • Elementary education major and SOE Undergraduate Council President听Shayna Caruso听was听听in an article in AU鈥檚听The Eagle, "Students Grapple with the Impact and Confusion of Student Loan Forgiveness," about听听a federal loan forgiveness program encourages students to work in low-income school districts.听[December 18, 2023]
  • Secondary education major听Joy Schleicher听was听听by AU's听The Eagle听for the article, "Comedian Jordan Klepper Brings Humor and Advice to KPU鈥檚 Final 2023 Event," about comedian Jordan Klepper鈥檚 political humor and recent听听to AU.听[December 18, 2023]
  • EdD students Magen Barnett '21, Dylan Ravdin '23, and Randi Stone '24 to audiences in Columbus and Philadelphia听on dyslexia and instructional methods. [Oct 14, 2023]
  • EdD student听Aneesah Blount was a She is听a kindergarten teacher at Van Ness Elementary School. [Oct 14, 2023]
  • EdD Class of 2023 graduate and Adjunct Professorial Lecturer Dr. Cheyenne Batista, along with Director of the EdD Program and Professorial Lecturer听Dr. William N. Thomas IV, and听Senior Professorial Lecturer Dr. Samantha Cohen,听co-presented "Co-Teaching as an opportunity to enact social justice and create humanizing听communities" at the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate's in Florida. [Oct 5, 2023]听
  • The Carnegie Project on Education Doctorate (CPED) recognized Dr. Francesca Smith 鈥23 EdD for her dissertation, ""听[Sep 11, 2023]
  • Dr. Amanda Tatum 鈥22 was featured in the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) journal Impacting Education听talking about the exploration of teachers' well-being through compassion, the focus of her dissertation. [Aug. 7, 2023]
  • Dr. Cheyenne Batista 鈥22 was highlighted for her award-winning dissertation in the AU Alumni news. [July 6, 2023]
  • Dr. Gary Deshun Hamilton EdD 鈥23听gave a rousing graduate student听, "The Bold Promise of Tomorrow" at SOE's听听Commencement Ceremony.听[May 17, 2023]
  • Education Policy and Leadership (EPL) MEd program student听Bailey Haines听will serve as President of SOE's听, alongside fellow EPL students听Angeliki Paper-Kosiori听(Vice President),听Kissiah Valle听(Dir. of Finance),听Derrick Brown听(Dir. of Communications), and others.听[May 17, 2023]
  • AU education alum听Florence Elizabeth Carmichael Adams听will turn 100 this August. Read her grandson Jason Campbell's fascinating听Washington Post听, "My Grandma Has Always Made the Hardest Things Seem Simple 鈥 Even Living to 100."听[May 17, 2023]
  • SOE secondary education majors听Alli Sattler听and听Nathaniel Smith听presented research projects virtually in conjunction with AU's Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning (CTRL) Student Partners听. Sattler听听"Increasing Inclusivity in STEM Classrooms" and Smith听听"Varying Means of Participation to Support All Learners."听[May 17, 2023]
  • Emily Warshaw, a student in the Master of Arts in Special Education program, was quoted in an article about her taking part in the Future of Work Institute that took place in April. [May 17, 2023]
  • Amanda Muniz听as the AU Recipient of the听Maryland Association of Teacher Educators - Distinguished Teacher Candidate Award for 22-23.听[May 17, 2023]
  • EdD 2022 alum Dr. Cheyenne Batista听听the 2023 Division A Outstanding Dissertation Award at the 91制片厂 Educational Research Association (AERA)听听in Chicago. [April 15, 2023]
  • Shareen Fernanders听(EdD '23),听Gary Hamilton听(EdD, '23), and SOE faculty听听chapters to the听,听Critical Literacy and Its Impact on Black Boys鈥 Reading Readiness. [April 15, 2023]
  • Dr. Cheyenne Batista听(EdD 鈥22) was awarded the prestigious 91制片厂 Education Research Association (AERA) Division A 2023 Award for Outstanding Dissertation听, 鈥鈥業 Am Not Scary. I Am Strong. There鈥檚 a Difference.鈥 Disrupting Misogynoir and Transforming Interpersonal Conflict for Black Women Education Leaders: A Multiple Case Study.鈥 [March 17, 2023]
  • Lynne Brenner Ganek, SOE Advisory Board member and adjunct faculty member, presented to the听Producing Multi-Platform Content听class at Canisius College. Students explored and produced an episode of an original podcast series, a video trailer for the podcast series, and related social media content.听[March 17, 2023]
  • Students听Francesca Smith听(EdD '23) and听Madelyn Smith听(MEd '25) presented at the March 2023 Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo. Francesca presented the poster, "Leveraging Biliteracy for Equitable Outcomes in Dual Language English Reading Instruction." Madelyn presented听the paper, "Supporting Literacy Identity through Culturally Responsive Practices in Reading Intervention.鈥澨齕March 17, 2023]
  • In March, the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference included SOE ITEP program alum听Adam Medadi听(MA '22) and faculty听Dr. Elizabeth A. Worden, Dr. Michael Gibbons, Dr. Jisun Jeong, and as members of its planning committee and as presenters and participants.听[March 17, 2023]
  • 听Apple's听Science of Reading听podcast,听"," featuring听Jasmine Rogers听(EdD '23). [February 15, 2023]

  • SOE Advisory Board member听Tiffany Williams听(MA, SPA '07)听of Martha鈥檚 Table, a DC-based nonprofit organization focused on developing strong children, strong families and strong communities. [February 15, 2023]

  • Dr. Shayna Cook听(EdD '22/MEd '14) was recently appointed to Assistant State Superintendent for the听's Division of Early Childhood. [February 15, 2023]

  • Dr. Afie Mirshah-Nayar听(MAT-ESOL), Principal of听听(MCPS), is a finalist for the Mark Mann award, annually presented to exceptional Montgomery County Public Schools administrators. [February 15, 2023]

  • Taylor Myers听(MEd '22)听听Future of Work event sponsored by Deloitte and was interviewed about his experience. [January 18, 2023]

  • Our Future Teacher Tutors program, a partnership with DC Public Schools that seeks to boost below-grade-level readers, was听. Quoting student听Isabel Chae听and SOE faculty and staff, it听听that amid labor shortages, hiring from teacher prep programs like ours could add half a million new tutor candidates nationally. [January 18, 2023]