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AU Launches New Academic Partnership with Urban Teachers

Urban Teachers LogoAmerican University’s School of Education has entered a new academic and strategic partnership with Urban Teachers, a national teacher residency program, to offer a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) to aspiring educators beginning in Summer 2022.

A shared commitment to preparing teachers through an equity-based and anti-racist lens is a cornerstone of this new partnership. We look forward to being Urban Teachers' new higher education partner and expanding our existing rigorous, high-quality MAT instruction. Our online and in-person MAT programs will remain available, but with this new option for aspiring educators, we will be able to reach hundreds of new students.  

Check out the link below to learn more about this exciting new partnership and apply to Urban Teachers today. #urbanteachers #raiseourhand

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AU School of Education Welcomes New Faculty

r. Alberto Cabrera, Dr. kecia hayes, Dr. Ocheze Joseph, Dr. Edit Khachatryan, Dr. William Thomas, and Dr. Jeff WangThe American University, School of Education is pleased to welcome an amazing group of new faculty members to its community. New faculty members include Dr. Alberto Cabrera, Dr. kecia hayes, Dr. Ocheze Joseph, Dr. Edit Khachatryan, Dr. William Thomas, and Dr. Jeff Wang (pictured right). These new faculty represent diverse areas of expertise and each will add to the School’s commitment to excellence, diversity, and antiracist/socially-just practice.

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Celebrating A Centenarian: Dr. Edmund Gordon, SPA/MA ’50

Edmund GordonDr. Edmund W. Gordon (SPA '50), an AU alum and Scholar-In-Residence in the SOE, is one of America’s preeminent education scholars and a contributor to the founding of Head Start, one of the country's oldest federal anti-poverty programs. Still, an active member of the education community, Dr. Gordon turned 100 this year, and celebrations are underway across the country.

The School of Education’s 4th annual Summer Institute on Education, Equity, and Justice (SIEEJ) honored Dr. Gordon’s life and work with a distinguished lecture named in his honor. The inaugural Dr. Edmond Gordon Distinguished Lecture was given by Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, the former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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  • Dr. Meisha Porter, former NYC schools chancellor, joins the SOE as part-time faculty member.  Welcome, Dr. Porter! 
  • Dr. Phelton Moss joins our full-time faculty as a Professorial Lecturer.  Dr. Moss is a former assistant professor at Tougaloo College and is an accomplished high school English teacher and middle school principal. He served at the Mississippi Department of Education as the state's director of educator talent acquisition and effectiveness where he led the launch and design of the nation's first state-run teacher residency program to recruit and retain diverse teachers in high-poverty schools with a $4.5M grant.  Welcome, Dr. Moss! 
  • Prof. Steele spoke to K-12 Dive about the impact of Bloomberg’s donation to charter schools. 
  • EdD Candidate Tomiko Ball wrote an article for Philadelphia paper. 
  • Dean Holcomb-McCoy new edition of best-selling book, “School Counseling to Close Opportunity Gaps” (Corwin Press) will be available in early February 2022. 
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SOE's Elementary Teacher Prep Program Gains Accolades for Strong Clinical Practice

An “A” grade from the National Council on Teacher Quality reflects the School of Education’s commitment to clinical practice and working in Washington.

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School of Education Offers Resources and Prioritizes Innovation During COVID-19

Teacher Appreciation Week 2020 kicked off on May 4, and while the annual celebration is decades old, this year is a bit different. Many people across the U.S. have come to value teachers in a new way because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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