Education Policy and Leadership Director and Staff

Reuben Jacobson Director of Education Policy and Leadership Program CAS - School of Education

Dr. Reuben Jacobson has worked at the intersection of education research, policy, and practice for nearly 20 years. He is committed to educational change and equity and has substantial experience desi

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Graziella Covello Graduate Program Coordinator SOE - School of Education

Grace joined AU as the Education Policy and Leadership Program Coordinator in June 2017. She works with the School of Education on admitting and advising master's students in the Education Policy and

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EPL Faculty

Kaili Baucum Adjunct Professorial Lecturer SOE - School of Education

Kaili Baucum teaches courses in the Education Policy and Leadership program. Kaili holds a PhD in Education Policy from Rutgers University-Newark. Her research examines programs designed for improving

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Saba Bireda Adjunct Professor

Saba Bireda is a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. Ms. Bireda join

Samantha Cohen Sr Professorial Lecturer

Samantha leads the School of Education's doctoral studies, and she is responsible for launching the inaugural, practitioner based program in education leadership and policy. Samantha teaches courses i

Traci Dennis Professorial Lecturer SOE - School of Education

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. Previous to this role, Traci was a Manager of Professional

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Jennifer Green Adjunct Instructor

Jennifer Green is an Assistant Principal of Literacy for DC Public Schools. Prior to working as an administrator, she taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in DCPS and served as a Reading Specialist. S

Donna Hollingshead Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Donna Shimoda Hollingshead serves as the Associate Superintendent for School Administration in the Office of School Support and Improvement for Montgomery County Public Schools. Her previous professio

Sarah Irvine Belson Interim Vice Provost for Research Provost, Office of the

Dr. Sarah Irvine Belson holds a PhD from Arizona State University in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in Special Education. Her research explores educational opportunity for children with dis

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Cara Jackson Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Cara Jackson is an Associate Partner with Bellwether Education in the program evaluation group. She previously worked for Montgomery County Public Schools in the Office of Shared Accountability, e

Amanda Miller Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Amanda Fuchs Miller has 25 years of advocacy, policy, research and communications experience in and outside of government. As President of Seventh Street Strategies, Amanda consults with non-profits t

Lisette Partelow Adjunct Instructor

Lisette Partelow is the director of K-12 Strategic Initiatives at American Progress. Her previous experience includes teaching first grade in Washington, D.C., working as a senior legislative assistan

Susan Patrick Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Susan Kemper Patrick is a doctoral candidate and research assistant in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadersh

Emily Grossnickle Peterson Assistant Professor SOE - School of Education

Dr. Emily Grossnickle Peterson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education and an affiliate faculty member in the Psychology Department and the Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience PhD progr

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David Pinder Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Pinder currently serves as a High School Instructional Superintendent in DC public schools. With a focus on rigorous instruction and strong school climate, student achievement is on the rise. Unde

Eugene Pinkard Adjunct Instructor

Gene has spent his entire career serving the students of Washington, DC. In his current role, he leads strategic planning and innovative initiatives for DC Public Schools. His leadership has spanned t

Elizabeth Ross Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Elizabeth is currently the Managing Director, State Policy at the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), where she oversees state research and policy, and leads technical assistance to support st

Robert Shand Assistant Professor SOE - School of Education

Robert D. Shand is Assistant Professor in the School of Education at American University. He received his Ph.D. in Economics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. A former high sch

Jason Snyder Sr Professorial Lecturer SOE - School of Education

Jason Snyder’s teaching and research focuses on education law and education policy. He developed and served as Director of AU's Education Policy and Leadership (EPL) program from 2014-2018. Prior to j

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Jennifer Steele Associate Professor SOE - School of Education

Dr. Jennifer L. Steele is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at American University, and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research,

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Vivian Vasquez Professor SOE - School of Education

Dr. Vivian Maria Vasquez is a Professor of Education at American University. She has worked in the field of education for over 30 years. Her research interests are in critical literacy, early literacy

Peter Weber Adjunct Instructor

Pete Weber is an independent consulting focusing on strategic planning and organizational development. His clients include school districts, charter schools, hospitals, and non-profit organizations. H

Travis Wiebe Adjunct Instructor

Mr. Wiebe began his career as an elementary school teacher at Burning Tree Elementary School where he taught third and fourth grade. He then spent five years as a coordinator in the Office of Human R

Conor Williams Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Conor P. Williams is a senior researcher in New America's Education Policy Program. His work addresses policies and practices related to educational equity, dual language learners, immigration, and sc