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Yolanda Abel: SOE Faculty 

Yolanda Abel EdD

Associate Professor
(410) 516-6002
2800 N. Charles St
Baltimore MD, 21218

Program Affiliations

Master of Science in Education


Yolanda Abel was recently appointed to the rank of associate professor in teaching and learning at the School of Education. She was also a faculty affiliate with the Center for the Social Organization of Schools. As a faculty affiliate, she conducts workshops as part of the National Network of Partnership Schools’ Leadership Conference. Currently she offers workshops to involve families, with an emphasis on fathers, in improving low-performing schools and increasing student achievement. Presently she teaches courses focused on family and community engagement, culturally responsive education and human development and learning. She is co-principal investigator on student achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools grant (NSF 12-518 MSP-Targeted Awards), where her work focuses on family and community engagement related to students’ (third grade to fifth grade) STEM experiences. Her dissertation, “African-American Father Involvement in Their Children’s School-Based Lives,” earned the 2008 Judith Ruchkin Research Award from the Maryland Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Her current research focuses on the student as locus of control to facilitate parental behaviors and attitudes in support of the child’s STEM learning. 


EdD Johns Hopkins University, 2008, Teacher Development and Leadership
MA University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1996, Instructional Systems Design
BA Temple University, 1992, Psychology Honors

Recent Publications and Presentations

Parker, C., Abel. Y., & Denisova, E. (in press). An integrated elementary STEM initiative in a large urban school district: Implications for practice. School Science and Mathematics Journal.

Abel, Y. (2014). Process into products: Supporting teachers to engage parents. Education and Urban Society, 46, 2, 181-191. doi: 10.1177/0013124512446307

Abel, Y., & Johnson, L. (2013). The African-American saga from enslavement to life in a color blind society: Or, racism without race. Black History Bulletin, 76, 2, 26-30.Abel, Y. (2012). Process into products: Supporting teachers to engage parents. Education and Urban Society. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0013124512446307

Abel, Y, Johnson, F. W., & Gonsalves, T. (2012). Examining the Digital Portfolio Conference as Professional Development for Novice Teachers. Teacher Education and Practice, 25, 371-387.

Abel, Y. (April, 2012). “Preparing Urban Novice Teachers to Implement Family and Community Partnerships to Support Student Achievement," Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, B.C.

Abel, Y. (2011). It’s all about the child. Living Education eMagazine, 2. Retrieved from

Abel, Y. (2012). African American fathers’ involvement in their children’s school-based lives. Journal of Negro Education, 81, 162-172.

Abel, Y. (April, 2009). African American father involvement in their children’s school-based lives. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
Small, S & Abel, Y. (October, 2008). Celebrating the Whole Teacher as a Reflective Practitioner. Presentation at the 2008 Fall MD ASCD Conference sponsored by MD ASCD, Bowie, MD.

Abel, Y. (September, 2007). Including African American Fathers in Your Learning Community. Presentation at the 2008 Spring MD ASCD Conference sponsored by MD ASCD, Towson, MD.

Abel, Y. (October, 2006). Fathers speak: Are we listening? Presentation at the 36th Annual Conference Transforming Barriers to Bridges sponsored by the National Black Child Development Institute, Miami, FL.

Abel, Y & Finigan, N. (2004, October). A Cultural Lens: Using What We Know to Modify School Behavior. Presentation at the 34th Annual National Black Child Development Institute Conference, Los Angeles, CA.