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Teacher shortages, lack of diversity, outdated policies, inequitable access - learn how to be a part of the evolution of the education system at the American University School of Education.

Research Award: Black Student STEM Experience

The collaborative received an $8.8 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to examine undergraduate Black students’ postsecondary STEM experiences. The award is part of the highly competitive NSF Education and Human Resources Racial Equity initiative, which seeks to support bold, ground-breaking, and potentially transformative projects addressing systemic racism in STEM.

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Meet Four Akerson Scholarship Recipients

Four education majors are receiving financial assistance through the Karin A. Akerson Memorial Scholarship Fund, created to create a more equitable, affordable, and empowering AU education. Janiya Foster will graduate with her Master of Arts in special education and Kirsten King will graduate with her Master of Arts in teaching in 2023. Chloe Leeds will graduate with her Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and Katherine Prentice will graduate with her Master of Arts in teaching in 2024.

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L to R: AU President Sylvia M. Burwell, Friedman, Planet Word Board Member Tina Small

Ann B. Friedman MAT '98  Recognized

Friedman received the President's Circle Lead Changemaker Award for her impactful work in the arena of literacy.

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SOE Faculty Members Awarded $700k Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant

Faculty Awarded $700k Gates Grant

Funding was awarded to study equity-based teaching at the college level for 18-months.

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CityTutor DC Partnership

AU will bring high-impact tutoring to northeast D.C. elementary school students.

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Dr. Cheyenne E. Batista ’22 Wins Prestigious Dissertation Award

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Antiracist Certificate

Learn more about our 18-credit online post-masters certificate in in Antiracist Administration Supervision and Leadership.

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Faculty, Staff, Student, & Alumni Accomplishments

  • Associate Professor Dr. Jennifer Steele began serving as an Associate Editor of the American Educational Research Journal (AERJ). With a 5-year Impact Factor of 6.246, AERJ is a flagship journal of the American Educational Research Association, publishing articles that advance the empirical, theoretical, and methodological understanding of education and learning. [November 20, 2022]
  • Dr. Sarah Irvine Belson, Executive Director of the Institute for Innovation in Education, was awarded $127,000 from the Benedict Silverman Foundation for the initial implementation of a tutoring program utilizing Reading Rescue and Reading Ready. Dr. Belson and her team have secured funding from the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), which covers a large portion of the research budget. [November 17, 2022]
  • Assistant Professor Dr. Emily Grossnickle Peterson was identified by Educational Psychology Review as one of the most productive early career scholars in an analysis of publishing trends in educational psychology journals. The study, "Individual and Institutional Productivity in Educational Psychology Journals from 2015-2021,” ranked the articles scholars published in the top five educational psychology journals. [November 17, 2022]
  • Professor Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss presented at the United We Stand summit to combat hate-fueled violence at the White House. Read a Q&A with her, and watch the recording. [September 21, 2022]

  • Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Andre Perry, a Senior Fellow at Brookings, published the Valuing Black Assets Initiative (VBAI), which seeks to mobilize a new generation of leaders to invest in the assets critical to wealth creation and economic growth in Black communities. The work indexes assets and opportunities Black people have in critical quality of life areas – health, housing, business, employment, and education. [September 19, 2022]
  • Drs. Samantha Cohen and William N. Thomas IV presented "Supporting Educational Leaders in Creating an Equity-centered Culture of Continuous Improvement" at the University Council for Educational Administration's (UCEA) UCEA22 conference. [November 17-20, 2022] 
  • Dr. Jennifer Steele, Associate Professor, was interviewed on CGTN about expanding who can teach, and the potential to send students to school four-days-a-week. [September 8, 2022]
  • Dr. William N. Thomas IV, Professorial Lecturer, presented on "Flux Pedagogy" at the inaugural Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Summer Institute at Harvard University. [August 5, 2022]
  • Dean Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy published this piece on the need to increase the number of mental health counselors in schools in District Administration. [July 29, 2022]


  • Ann Friedman MAT '98 received the President's Circle Lead Changemaker Award, 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 Planet Word, a language arts museum where words and literacy come to life. Read a story about her amazing career and an American University Magazine article about how important words are to her. [November 17, 2022]
  • Dr. Cheyenne E. Batista ’22 won the '2022 CPED Dissertation in Practice of the Year' award. Read more. [September 26, 2022]
  • Students with Education Minor Win DHS Award. AU students and alum created tools to prevent targeted violence. Read more. [July 1, 2022]
  • Dan Ceaser, MAT '03, was appointed to the Alumni Council of the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the next four years. [June 22, 2022]
  • Hyun Lee, EdD student, was awarded the 2022 Joe Montano Award for championing the empowerment of Asian American communities in Virginia. [May 22, 2022]
  • Lisa L. Daniels became a founding history teacher at the Alabama Aerospace and Aviation High School as she completes her EdD in SOE. [May 19, 2022]