School of Education

School of Education

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SOE Awarded Grant for Educator Preparation Program

Grow Your Own grantAmerican University’s School of Education was awarded the 2022 Educator Preparation ‘Grow Your Own’ program grant in support of the Teacher Pipeline Project from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in Washington, DC. SOE’s dual enrollment program, implemented over the last four years, introduces DC high school students to education. Our Teaching Fellows Program fully supports DC students who want to pursue a degree in teaching, and DCPS has agreed to hire our Teaching Fellows, meaning that they have a job upon graduation. The impact is already being felt as more than 20 DC public and public charter high school students have successfully completed our AU education courses and six Teaching Fellows are in their freshman and sophomore years at AU.

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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.  

Learn more about this exciting new partnership and apply to Urban Teachers today. #urbanteachers #raiseourhand

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Social Justice

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Antiracism at AU SOE

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  • Dr. Amaarah DeCuir , Professorial Lecturer, had a piece published in The Conversation on more public schools closing for Islamic holidays such as Eid ul Fitr.
  • Dr. Amaarah DeCuir was also selected to receive AU’s Academic Achievement Award for Outstanding Mentorship of Student Research and/or Creative Work based on the impassioned nominations by her students.
  • Lynne Brenner Ganek, Adjunct Instructor, was an executive producer of the documentary "Blues on Beale" about the 36th annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
  • Dr. Stefan Lallinger Scholar-in-Residence, was recognized in Washingtonian Magazine's most influential people as a "rising star on issues of racial equity in education" in reducing learning gaps in race and class. 
  • Dr. Alida Anderson, Profesor, was a guest speaker on the “Lobes and Robes” podcast discussing her research on inaccurate myths about neuroscience in education policy.
  • Scholar-in-residence Dr. Andre Perry spoke to The Boston Globe about inequities between student debt for Black graduates and student debt for White graduates.
  • President Biden appointed Liz Ryan, Adjunct Instructor, to be the new Administrator of OJP’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Ryan is president of Youth First, leading the shift from incarceration to community-based services and resulting in the closing of youth prisons in 6 states.
  • Dean Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, PhD, was quoted in District Administration about actions educators can take to combat the legislation against inclusive teaching in Florida.
  • Dr. Emily Grossnickle Peterson, Assistant Professor, was chosen for a 2022 National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Research Development Award, which includes a research stipend, travel to NAEd/Spencer Fellows Retreats and Annual Meeting; and travel to the American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting.
  • Dr. Traci Dennis, Professorial Lecturer, was quoted in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education about the social justice implications of the Critical Race Theory debate.
  • Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Professor, was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Fostering Collaborative Scholarship Award as part of the 2022 American University Faculty Awards.
  • Dr. Jason T. Snyder, Senior Professorial Lecturer, was awarded the Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Term-Line Appointment Award as part of the 2022 American University Faculty Awards.

Student & Alumni Accomplishments

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  • Alumni and students: Please send us your accomplishments so that we may honor your good work!
  • MAT student Justin Blanc was selected for the Maryland Association of Teacher Educators' Distinguished Teacher Candidate Award, which recognizes and honors teacher candidates whose work in a clinical environment shows a commitment to student learning and to the practice of reflective, responsive teaching.
  • La’Nita Johnson gave the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala's commencement address celebrating how the graduates will be a small segment (3.8%) of Guatemalan citizens with a university degree. After a near-death experience during an armed terrorist attack while on a mission trip to Burkina Faso in 2016, she pursued her Master’s in International Training and Education (ITEP) at AU where she joined the 2017 cohort of Donald M. Payne International Fellows and is now a USAID Foreign Service Officer.
  • Kamilah Souvenir '22 was chosen to give commencement remarks to the 2022 AU graduating classes in the School of Education and School of Communications.
  • Dr. Tomiko Ball ’22 was awarded the Outstanding Scholarship at the Graduate Level by American University
  • ITEP student Madeline Crawford was chosen to be a Boren Graduate Fellow to study Japanese in Japan
  • ITEP student Julia Bouchelle was chosen to be a Boren Graduate Fellow to study Swahili in Tanzania
  • ITEP student Adam Medadi was awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Summer Language Fellow for Turkey
  • Shayna Cook '22 was profiled as a an AU changemaker, reflecting on her studies before graduating

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