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Traci Dennis Professorial Lecturer School of Education

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(202) 885-8964
SOE - School of Education
Spring Valley Building - 477
Additional Positions at AU
Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education
Ed.D, Drexel University - Educational Leadership and Management

MA, American University - Journalism and Public Affairs

BA, Syracuse University - English

Dr. Traci Dennis joined AU in 2016 as a Term Faculty. Traci has a strong record of teaching and leadership experience in K-12 urban schools. Traci’s research focuses on issues of social justice in urban education, including advancing culturally relevant and anti-racist teaching practices, and addressing oppressive structures that reproduce educational injustice and perpetuate the marginalization of minoritized students. Traci presents her work at local, national and international conferences. As a teacher educator, Traci is passionate about preparing future teachers to support and educate all learners. She focuses on engaging her students through active learning, application, and incorporation of experiential learning activities that address their different learning styles. Prior to joining AU, Traci was a Manager of Professional Services with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) educational publishing company. Traci was also a Manager of Curriculum and Professional Development for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). While serving in that role Traci led a team of DCPS educators in creating a comprehensive 6-12 literacy curriculum that is aligned with the more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The curriculum is now used by secondary English teachers in the District of Columbia Public Schools. During her time at DCPS, Traci also managed the implementation of secondary reading intervention programs for 43 middle and high schools, supported secondary literacy teachers with effective day-to-day instructional planning and designed and delivered professional learning trainings for secondary literacy teachers.
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Spring 2020

  • EDU-280 Social Justice & Urban Educ

  • EDU-489 Meth, Matrl, Mgmt in Sec Ed II: English

  • EDU-499 Student Teaching Sem Prof Prac

Fall 2020

  • EDU-205 Schools and Society