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Teacher shortages, lack of diversity, outdated policies, inequitable access - learn how to be a part of the evolution of the education system at the 麻豆果冻传媒 School of Education.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 麻豆果冻传媒 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

Supporting Ramadan in Schools

"DeCuir stressed that Ramadan is a time of joy and reflection, when families may pray late at night and early in the morning. With fasting and limited sleep, students are sometimes low on energy."

USA TODAY with SOE Senior Professorial Lecturer Dr.听Amaarah DeCuir听for "Muslim students face tough challenges during Ramadan. Here's what teachers can do to help," an article about best practices for supporting Ramadan in schools.

Celebrating our Fall Graduates

SOE听graduated听fifty-nine EdD and master's degree students in December. Read about the experiences of new alumni, watch MEd graduate Jermaine Gassaway's address, view the full SOE Commencement Ceremony, and check out the photographs from the ceremony and reception听here.听

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Immigrants' Educational Rights: Peril or Promise

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SOE Assistant Professor Dr. Kenjus Watson

Meet Kenjus Watson

Dr. Watson's research areas of specialization have rendered him a popular addition to SOE's faculty.

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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鈥檚 society and culture.

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AERA's 2024 Annual Meeting

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Watch SOE students and faculty present at the听麻豆果冻传媒 Educational Research Association's (AERA) 2024 Annual Meeting.

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SOE Disitinguished Professor Vivian Vasquez

A Distinguished Professor

麻豆果冻传媒 promotes SOE's Dr. Vivian Vasquez to Distinguished Professor.

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  • 听SOE Provost Associate Professor听Dr. Brian McGowan听weighs in on his research about how minorities experience education. [December 18, 2023]
  • Professor听Dr. Bridget Trogdenco-authored the听, "Beyond the Blocks: Promoting Chemistry Agency with Infusion of Global Challenges Throughout the General Education Curriculum," for the ACS (麻豆果冻传媒 Chemical Society) Publications听,听Chemistry in General Education, discussing how an improved approach to general education through incorporating multi-disciplinary global challenges allows for the infusion of chemistry education.听[December 18, 2023]
  • Senior Professorial LecturerDr. Antonio Ellis听had a scholarship named in his honor by the Alpha Charitable and Scholarship Foundation of Montgomery County, MD, established by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African 麻豆果冻传媒 men. The听Dr. Antonio L. Ellis Diverse Abilities Scholarship听will award $1,000 annually to a high school senior with a disability to attend a 2-year trade school or a 4-year university.听[December 18, 2023]
  • Dean听Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy听was a featured听听for a discussion on concerns about educational equity at the听Suburban Schools, Urban Realities: Policy and Possibility on the Urban Fringe听, a two-day event at the John Hopkins University Bloomberg Center which convened twenty-five of the nation鈥檚 most highly regarded thinkers examining the urban realities of suburban life.听[December 18, 2023]
  • Postdoctoral Fellow听Dr. Moya Malcolm听gave the talk, "Our Migration Narrative: How Immigrant Capital Paves a Path to Higher Education for 1.5 Generation Students," at the forty-ninth Annual ASHE (Association for the Study of Higher Education)听, which highlighted research from her 2022 dissertation.听[December 18, 2023]
  • Senior Professorial Lecturer听Dr. Phelton Moss听spoke at the Bowie State University screening event for the听,听The Right to Read, which follows Oakland NAACP activist Kareem Weaver, who believes thatliteracy is one of the greatest civil rights issues of our time. Moss also hosted eighth graders from Georgetown Day Middle School at SOE for a policy workshop on affirmative action in higher education.听[December 18, 2023]
  • Dr. Deepa Srikantaiah, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, spoke at AERA's听Invited Speaker Series for the Holistic Education SIG 135听event. Her presentation, 鈥淓xploring the 鈥楬olistic鈥 in Math Education,鈥 discussed the historical development of mathematical concepts, with a specific focus on fractions, within the context of holistic education and contemplative studies.听[December 18, 2023]
  • Professor听Dr. Sarah Irvine Belson听and Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer听Dr. Carolyn Parker听gave a听听to an AACTE (麻豆果冻传媒 Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) special education affinity group about SOE's Making Special Education Affordable through the听听(new Residency for Excellence in Teaching and Learning)听.听[December 18, 2023]
  • Dr. Amaarah DeCuir, senior professorial lecturer, published this guide to responding to religious harassement in schools in Muslim Matters, and this piece in Education Week about how they must support their Arab and Muslim students.听[Oct听22, 2023]
  • Dr. Jennifer Steele, professor, about the increasing partisanship in the U.S. on education issues in the segment "鈥楺uantum-Leap Change鈥: How School Choice, Book Bans and Student Loans Are Taking Center Stage in 2024."听[Oct听22, 2023]
  • Dr. Antonio Ellis, scholar-in-residence and director of the Institute for Education Equity and Justice in the School of Education,听听Diverse: Issues In Higher Educationabout how accessibility and belonging are cornerstones of diversity, equity and inclusion in education. [Oct听22, 2023]
  • Professor听Dr. Jennifer L. Steele听wrote听鈥,鈥 in Education Economics. [Oct 13, 2023]
  • Senior Professorial Lecturer听Dr. Antonio L. Ellis听published "" about the experience of Black scholarship and faculty in a predominantly White academic spaces. [Oct听7, 2023]
  • Professor Dr. Jennifer L. Steele wrote an听听in听Fast Company听about how AI may impact economic inequality. [Oct 6, 2023]
  • Director of the EdD Program and Professorial Lecturer听Dr. William N. Thomas IV, Senior Professorial Lecturer Dr. Samantha Cohen, and Adjunct Professorial Lecturer Dr. Cheyenne Batista '23 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
  • Dr. Eugene Pringle, Jr., Senior Professorial Lecturer, on why educators must be on the front line of social activism, emphasized during teacher training. [Sep 25, 2023]
  • Acting Co-Dean Corbin M. Campbell's research was cited in on the value of "good teaching." [Sep 20, 2023]
  • Senior Professorial Lecturer听Dr. Antonio L. Ellis听published an op-ed in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education about the role of the Black church in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action. [Sep 14, 2023]
  • Senior Professorial Lecturer Dr. Phelton Moss was featured in this about how students and college are reacting to the affirmative action ruling. [Sep 7, 2023]
  • Dr. Eugene Pringle, Jr., Senior Professorial Lecturer, delivered the keynote address at the Community Action Organization of Western New York's school year kickoff. 听The address听titled "The Race"听provided inspiration and practical strategies for a successful year in efforts to build with intentionality, engage community and families, and engage in purposeful self-care. [Aug 25, 2023]
  • There is hope from the Biden-Harris administration to continue to build a diverse student body, says听Senior Professorial Lecturer Dr. Phelton Moss in this Inside Higher Ed opinion. [Aug 21, 2023]
  • Professor Dr. Jennifer L. Steele was interviewed on CGTN America about how inflation is affecting families during back-to-school shopping season. [Aug 17, 2023]
  • Read or listen to this EdSurge podcast where Dean Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy听offered her opinion on why the time has come to reset college legacy admissions practices.听[Aug听1, 2023]听
  • Nearly 15%听of children are special education students鈥攁 46-year high.听SOE Adjunct Professor Brandi Smith听was highlighted in an Education Week article about the impact of a good individualized education program (IEP). [July 27, 2023]
  • Senior Professorial Lecturer听Dr. Phelton Cortez Moss in this piece by ABC News. [July 24, 2003]
  • Professor Dr. Jennifer L. Steele published an听op-ed on teaching students to do what ChatGTP cannot in The Hill.听[July 20, 2023]
  • Dean Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy on what the Affirmative Action decision by SCOTUS may mean in higher education. [July 13, 2023]
  • Adjunct Professor Dr. Cheyenne Batista 鈥22 was highlighted for her award-winning dissertation in the AU Alumni news. [July 6, 2023]
  • SOE鈥檚 Associate Dean Corbin Campbell was about her participation as lead researcher in a new advisory panel to define, support, and elevate college teaching. [July 6, 2023]


  • 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 麻豆果冻传媒 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 麻豆果冻传媒 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]

  • Ann Friedman MAT '98听received the听, recognizing her as both a role model and a powerful example of an AU Changemaker for her impactful work in the arena of literacy. She is the founder and CEO of听, a language arts museum where words and literacy come to life. Read a听听and an听听article about how important words are to her. [November 17, 2022]

  • Dr. Cheyenne E. Batista 鈥22 won the听'2022 CPED Dissertation in Practice of the Year' award. Read more. [September 26, 2022]
  • Students with Education Minor听Win DHS Award.听AU students and alum created tools to prevent targeted violence.听Read more.听[July 1, 2022]