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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Teacher shortages, lack of diversity, outdated policies, inequitable access - learn how to be a part of the evolution of the education system at the American University School of Education.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 nearby Maryland, returning to DC high school in his freshman year, where he graduated in 2023. “Choosing American University was an easy decision,” Paredes said. “I 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’ve always had a passion for helping others and sharing knowledge,” he said. “I had some incredible teachers that made learning fun and engaging, but others weren’t 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.”

Ending Violence in PreK-16 Schools

Join us June 24-26 to discuss, "Ending Violence in PreK–16 Schools,” reflecting the comprehensive and collaborative approach required to address school violence effectively. SIEEJ 2024 aims to explore innovative strategies, evidence-based solutions, and the importance of solidarity in creating safer schools. A hybrid event, all panel sessions and lectures will be offered virtually.

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2024 Spring Commencement

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

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SIEEJ 2024: Ending Violence in PreK–16 Schools

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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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Jesse Lima

Alum Gives Back to the Local Community

First grade teacher Jesse Lima, SOE/MAT ’24, is shaping the next generation of Washington learners.

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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’s society and culture.

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Maya Angelou Schools Student Learning

Teaching Those Most in Need

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

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Coffee and Conversation

Fostering an Opportunity to Build Community

Faculty share their research and engage with each other and staff about their work.

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Learn about SOE Accomplishments

  • Dr. Jennifer Steele, Professor, weighed in on The National Desk in an interview about the learning loss, including too much screen time, 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]

  • American University’s Board of Trustees recently appointed former Assistant Professor Dr. Emily Peterson to Associate Professor at the School of Education. [May 28, 2024]

  • Senior Professorial Lecturers Drs. Antonio L. Ellis and Phelton C. Moss co-wrote the Wiley article “Breaking the Silence: Student Affairs’ Role in Black Male Faculty Well-Being at Predominantly White Institutions.”  [May 28, 2024]

  • Dr. Phelton C. Moss penned the Hechinger Report op-ed “Black Principals Play a Key Role in Transforming Education. We Need More of Them,” where he discussed the critical role Black principals have played in the development of Black teachers. Additionally, he co-wrote (with EdD student Brianna Nargiso, '25) “5 Truths About Brown V. Board of Education,” an ASCD op-ed declaring that teachers must ensure students’ 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 Dr. Ocheze Joseph was quoted in the Education Week article "These Preparation Programs Are Creating a 'Tutor to Teacher' Pipeline," which discusses how tutoring is giving aspirant teachers early experience in teaching. [May 28, 2024]

  • SOE’s Child Development Associate (CDA) program was featured in a Council for Professional Recognition profile, “The Rewards of Reaching Out.” The spotlight highlighted 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 Dr. Amaarah DeCuir was named Advisor of the Year at American University’s 2024 University and Student Achievement Awards, an inaugural event which honored individuals who contributed to key accomplishments on campus in the last year. [May 28, 2024]

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

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

  • American University’s Board of Trustees recently appointed former Provost Associate Professor Dr. Brian McGowan to Full Professor at the School of Education. [May 28, 2024]

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

  • Adjunct Instructor Dr. Jasmine Rogers conducted the session “Language Comprehension and Linguistically Responsive: Black Language Use in Structured Literacy Lessons” at the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s Spring 2024 OSSE Literacy Conference. EdD alum Dr. Tomiko Ball, ’22, held the session “Disrupting Power Dynamics Within Literacy Instruction: Connections and Comprehension” at the event. [May 28, 2024]

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

  • Dr. Sung Ryung Lyu gave a video presentation, "African American Headstart Teachers' Approaches to Police Play in the Era of Black Lives Matter," for 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, here. [April 24, 2024]
  • In the Education Week article "How These Teachers Build Curriculum ‘Beyond Black History,’" Acting Co-Dean Dr. Rodney Hopson spoke about his evaluation of a new Black studies curriculum in New York City. [April 24, 2024]
  • Senior Professorial Lecturer Dr. Phelton Moss penned an op-ed for The Hill, "School Absenteeism Has Soared, Congress Must Act on Plans to Address the Issue," which details the alarming rise in chronically absent public school students. [April 24, 2024]
  • SOE Dean Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy and Antiracist Pedagogy Scholar Dr. Annice Fisher co-wrote the Diverse: Issues in Higher Education op-ed, “Beyond Statements Toward Action: Maintaining the Antiracist Promise During the Anti-DEI Movement,” where they shared six lessons learned about sustaining organizational change amid polarization. [April 24, 2024]
  • Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy was awarded the American Counseling Association's 2024 David K. Brooks, Jr. Distinguished Mentor Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated enthusiasm and support for the unique educational experience of mentoring. [April 24, 2024]

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

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

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


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

  • EdD alum Dr. Dia L. Jones, '22, will facilitate a workshop at STEMNoire 2024: Black Women Leading the STEM Renaissance Conference which will provide 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. [May 28, 2024]

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

  • EdD alum Dr. Iris Bond Gill, '24, has been named a New America 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. [May 28, 2024]

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

  • Education Policy and Leadership (EPL) MEd students Lauren GustafsonMeanha Kim, and Kwand Lang, Jr. of Dr. Phelton Moss’s 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 Jarren NewbyKissiah Valle, and Angeliki Papari-Kosiori 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 ’23, and AU professorial lecturer of literature, wrote "Active Engagement," a review of the book Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain for Washington Independent Review of Books. [March 21, 2024]
  • Anna Lapera, MAT ’17, authored Mani Semilla Finds Her Quetzal Voice, a book inspired by her teaching experience during her time at AU and since. It was named the “Most anticipated middle grade book of 2024” by the School Library Journal. [March 21, 2024]
  • Along with her AU Center for Teaching, Research & Learning (CTRLstudent partners, elementary education senior Qudsia Saeed co-presented "Student Feedback and Co-Creation for Equitable Teaching and Learning," which emphasized the importance of professors embracing and integrating student feedback. [Feb 10, 2024]
  • Education Policy and Leadership MEd alumna Regina Wesley 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 Katy Mullins was accepted into a doctoral program in education at Johns Hopkins, where her research will focus on the intersection of technology and language arts education. [Feb 9, 2024]
  • Alum Jimmy Sarakatsannis, MAT ’07, was awarded 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 work 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 (CTRL) 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’s work. SOE's CTRL student partners - Marie DionedaQudsia SaeedAlli Sattler, and Nathaniel Smith - will present their work on a panel at AU's Ann Ferren Conference in January. [December 18, 2023]
  • Elementary education major and SOE Undergraduate Council President Shayna Caruso was quoted in an article in AU’s The Eagle, "Students Grapple with the Impact and Confusion of Student Loan Forgiveness," about how a federal loan forgiveness program encourages students to work in low-income school districts. [December 18, 2023]
  • Secondary education major Joy Schleicher was quoted by AU's The Eagle for the article, "Comedian Jordan Klepper Brings Humor and Advice to KPU’s Final 2023 Event," about comedian Jordan Klepper’s political humor and recent visit to AU. [December 18, 2023]
  • EdD students Magen Barnett '21, Dylan Ravdin '23, and Randi Stone '24 presented to audiences in Columbus and Philadelphia on dyslexia and instructional methods. [Oct 14, 2023]
  • EdD student Aneesah Blount was a runner-up for Washington, DC Teacher of the Year. She is 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 Dr. William N. Thomas IV, and Senior Professorial Lecturer Dr. Samantha Cohen, co-presented "Co-Teaching as an opportunity to enact social justice and create humanizing communities" at the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate's 2023 Convening in Florida. [Oct 5, 2023] 
  • The Carnegie Project on Education Doctorate (CPED) recognized Dr. Francesca Smith ’23 EdD as the 2023 CPED Dissertation in Practice Award winner for her dissertation, "Asset-Based Biliteracy: Recentering Emergent Bilingual Students in Dual Language English Reading Instruction." [Sep 11, 2023]
  • Dr. Amanda Tatum ’22 was featured in the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) journal Impacting Education talking about the exploration of teachers' well-being through compassion, the focus of her dissertation. [Aug. 7, 2023]
  • Dr. Cheyenne Batista ’22 was highlighted for her award-winning dissertation in the AU Alumni news. [July 6, 2023]
  • Dr. Gary Deshun Hamilton EdD ’23 gave a rousing graduate student speech, "The Bold Promise of Tomorrow" at SOE's Spring 2023 Commencement Ceremony. [May 17, 2023]
  • Education Policy and Leadership (EPL) MEd program student Bailey Haines will serve as President of SOE's Graduate Student Council, alongside fellow EPL students Angeliki Paper-Kosiori (Vice President), Kissiah Valle (Dir. of Finance), Derrick Brown (Dir. of Communications), and others. [May 17, 2023]
  • AU education alum Florence Elizabeth Carmichael Adams will turn 100 this August. Read her grandson Jason Campbell's fascinating Washington Post op-ed, "My Grandma Has Always Made the Hardest Things Seem Simple — Even Living to 100." [May 17, 2023]
  • SOE secondary education majors Alli Sattler and Nathaniel Smith presented research projects virtually in conjunction with AU's Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning (CTRL) Student Partners program. Sattler presented "Increasing Inclusivity in STEM Classrooms" and Smith presented "Varying Means of Participation to Support All Learners." [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 as the AU Recipient of the Maryland Association of Teacher Educators - Distinguished Teacher Candidate Award for 22-23. [May 17, 2023]
  • EdD 2022 alum Dr. Cheyenne Batista was awarded the 2023 Division A Outstanding Dissertation Award at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting in Chicago. [April 15, 2023]
  • Shareen Fernanders (EdD '23), Gary Hamilton (EdD, '23), and SOE faculty contributed chapters to the bookCritical Literacy and Its Impact on Black Boys’ Reading Readiness. [April 15, 2023]
  • Dr. Cheyenne Batista (EdD ’22) was awarded the prestigious American Education Research Association (AERA) Division A 2023 Award for Outstanding Dissertation for her dissertation, “‘I Am Not Scary. I Am Strong. There’s a Difference.’ Disrupting Misogynoir and Transforming Interpersonal Conflict for Black Women Education Leaders: A Multiple Case Study.” [March 17, 2023]
  • Lynne Brenner Ganek, SOE Advisory Board member and adjunct faculty member, presented to the Producing Multi-Platform Content 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. [March 17, 2023]
  • Students Francesca Smith (EdD '23) and Madelyn Smith (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 the paper, "Supporting Literacy Identity through Culturally Responsive Practices in Reading Intervention.” [March 17, 2023]
  • In March, the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference included SOE ITEP program alum Adam Medadi (MA '22) and faculty Dr. Elizabeth A. Worden, Dr. Michael Gibbons, Dr. Jisun Jeong, and as members of its planning committee and as presenters and participants. [March 17, 2023]
  • Listen to Apple's Science of Reading podcast, "Celebrating Many Meanings: Language Comprehension and Bidialectal Students," featuring Jasmine Rogers (EdD '23). [February 15, 2023]

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

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

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

  • Taylor Myers (MEd '22) attended a 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 featured in a headline article by The 74 Million. Quoting student Isabel Chae and SOE faculty and staff, it highlights that amid labor shortages, hiring from teacher prep programs like ours could add half a million new tutor candidates nationally. [January 18, 2023]