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Yolanda Abel Portrait

Yolanda Abel, EdD

Associate Professor

Keywords: Achievement gap; African American students; community involvement; parent involvement; race and diversity

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Yolanda Abel is an Associate Professor and chair of the Department of Advanced Studies in Education, Johns Hopkins University School of Education. The department includes Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Education programs and the Master of Education in the Health Professions programs. Dr. Abel is also a faculty affiliate with Center for Social Organization of Schools and the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools. She was co-principal investigator on the Student Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools grant (NSF 12-518 MSP-Targeted Awards) awarded in 2012. Her publications appear in American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Negro Education, Education and Urban Society, and School Science and Mathematics Journal.  Dr. Abel has held several leadership roles within the American Educational Research Association specifically in the Family School Community Partnership Special Interest Group where she is currently chair-elect. 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. In 2017 she was awarded the inaugural Excellence in Mentorship Award for providing a quality mentoring experience for a junior faculty at the School of Education. In 2019 she was named Honorable Mention for the 2019 Provost’s Prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity.

EDUCATION

2012 English as a Second Language (ESL) Instruction
Certificate, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University

2008 Teacher Development and Leadership
Doctor of Education Degree
School of Education, Johns Hopkins University
Dissertation Title: African American fathers’ involvement in their children’s school-based lives.

1996 Instructional Systems Design
Master of Arts Degree
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

1992 Psychology Honors/Africans American Studies (minor)
Magna cum Laude Baccalaureate Degree
Temple University

TEACHING

Faculty
Johns Hopkins University School of Education: Baltimore

2015 – Present Associate Professor

Courses:

Doctoral Level
Multiple Perspectives in Teaching and Learning
Multicultural Education
Individuals in Urban Contexts

Master’s Level
Educating the Whole Child: Teaching to the Developmental Needs of the Urban Child
Creating Family and Community Partnerships for Urban School Improvement
Teaching, Learning and Leadership for Successful Urban Schools

2008 – 2015 Assistant Professor

Courses:

Doctoral Level
Multiple Perspectives in Teaching and Learning
Multicultural Education

Master’s Level
Educating the Whole Child: Teaching to the Developmental Needs of the Urban Child
Creating Family and Community Partnerships for Urban School Improvement
Teaching, Learning and Leadership for Successful Urban Schools

2000 – 2008 Instructor
Johns Hopkins University School of Education: Baltimore

Courses:
Human Development, Learning and Diversity I and II
Human Growth and Development: A Lifespan Perspective Integrating the Developmentally Appropriate Early Childhood Curriculum
Methods of Teaching in the Elementary School
Parent Involvement in Education
Professional Seminar
Supervised Internship/Seminar
Graduate Special Project: Focus on Management (Blackboard online course).

RELATED EMPLOYMENT

1996 – 2000 Research Assistant
University of Maryland at Baltimore and Johns Hopkins University

1995 – 1997 Service Coordinator
Southwestern Family Center: Baltimore

Summer 1995 Teen Mentor
Maryland New Directions (MND): Baltimore

Summer 1993 Peer Facilitator
Teach For America (TFA): New York

1992 – 1994 Early Childhood Teacher
Baltimore City Public School System

SCHOLARSHIP

Refereed Journals (listed oldest to newest and alphabetized in accordance to APA)

Abel, Y. (2012). African American fathers’ involvement in their children’s school-based lives. Journal of Negro Education, 81, 162-172. Stable url: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7709/jnegroeducation.81.2.0162

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. & Cuddapah, J.L. (2015). Career-changers’ multicultural attitudes.  Academic Exchange Quarterly, 19(4), 4-9. Stable url: http://rapidintellect.com/AEQweb/5662v6.pdf

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., & 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.

Black, M.M., Siegel, E. H., Abel, Y., & Bentley, M.E. (2001). Home and videotape intervention delays early complementary feeding among adolescent mothers. Pediatrics, 107, 5. http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/full/107/5/e67.

Gavin, L.E., Black, M.M., Minor, S., & Abel, Y., Papas, M.A., & Bentley, M.E. (2002). Young, disadvantaged fathers’ involvement with their infants: An ecological perspective. Journal of Adolescent Health, 31, 266-276

Galindo, C., Sanders, M., & Abel, Y. (2017). Transforming educational experiences in low income communities: A qualitative case study of social capital in a full-service community school. American Educational Research Journal, Centennial Edition, 54(1S), 140-163. https://doi.org/10.3102/0002831216676571

Finigan-Carr, N. & Abel, Y. (Eds.). (2015). Out-of-School time and African American students: Understanding the health, environmental, and social determinants of academic success. [Special Issue]. The Journal of Negro Education, 84(3), 211-213.  Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7709/jnegroeducation.84.issue-3

Parker, C., Abel. Y., & Denisova, E. (2015). An integrated elementary STEM initiative in a large urban school district: Implications for practice.  School Science and Mathematics Journal, 115(6), 292-301. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ssm.12133/pdf

In Preparation 

Abel, Y. (2019). Preparing urban novice teachers to implement family and community partnerships to support student achievement. Manuscript in preparation.

Abel, Y. (2019). African American fathers: Value added. Manuscript in preparation.

Book Chapters

Sanders, M., Jones, G. A., & Abel, Y. (2002).  Involving families and communities in the education of children and youth placed at-risk. In S. Stringfield & D. Land (Eds.) Educating At Risk Students. (pp. 171-188). Chicago: National Society for the Study of Education.

Editorial Publications

Finigan-Carr, N. & Abel, Y. (Eds.). (2015). Out-of-School time and African American students: Understanding the health, environmental, and social determinants of academic success. [Special Issue]. The Journal of Negro Education, 84(3).  Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7709/jnegroeducation.84.issue-3 (This refers to the special issue journal).

Non-referred Publications

Abel, Y. (2011).  It’s all about the child. Living Education eMagazine, 2. Retrieved from http://free.yudu.com/item/details/456801/Living-Education-eMagazine-Vol.-2-Winter-Edition

Abel, Y. (2012). To read or not to read: That is the question. Living Education eMagazine. 4. Retrieved from http://free.yudu.com/item/details/600114/Living-Education-eMagazine–Fall-2004-Vol.4

Book Reviews

Abel, Y. (2006). [Review of the book 176 ways to involve parents: Practical strategies for partnering with families]. Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 22, 2006. http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12692.

Abel, Y. (2012). [Review of the book Streetsmart Schoolsmart: Urban poverty and the education of adolescent boys]. Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 12, 2012. http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16901.

ACADEMIC REVIEWER

Book, Manuscript, Grant, and Scholarship Reviews

Manuscript Reviewer
2015-Present Urban Education
2014-2018 South African Journal of Education
2014-Present Journal of Family Diversity in Education
2014-2018 Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk
2013-Present School Science and Mathematics Journal
2011-Present McGill Journal of Education
2011-Present Journal of Negro Education

Professional Conference Proposal Reviewer

2015 Reviewed for the 2016 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting

  • Division B – Curriculum Studies / Division B – Section 1: Culture and Commentary (The Readings/Makings of Curriculum)
  • Division D – Measurement and Research Methodology / Division D – Section 3: Qualitative Research Methods
  • Division E – Counseling and Human Development / Division E – Section 2: Human Development
  • Division G – Social Context of Education / Division G – Section 2: Education in Multicultural Contexts Within and Across Subject Areas
  • Division K Teaching and Teacher Education
    • Section 4: Multicultural, Inclusive, and Social Justice Frameworks for Teaching and Teacher Education in PK-16+ Settings
    • Section 5: Preservice Teacher Education Coursework: Curriculum and Teaching to Improve Teacher Knowledge, Understanding, and Pedagogical Practices
  • Special Interest Group (SIG) Family, School, Community Partnerships

2014 Reviewed for the 2015 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting

  • Division K Teaching and Teacher Education
    • Section 4: Multicultural, Inclusive, and Social Justice Frameworks for Teaching and Teacher Education in PK-16+ Settings
    • Section 5: Preservice Teacher Education Coursework: Curriculum and Teaching to Improve Teacher Knowledge, Understanding, and Pedagogical Practices
    • Section 6: Field Experiences: Student Teaching, Supervision, School/Community Collaborations, and Innovative Approaches and Models
  • Special Interest Group (SIG) Family, School, Community Partnerships

2013 Reviewed for the 2014 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting

  • SIG Family, School, Community Partnerships 

Grant Reviews
2015 AmeriCorps State and National Grant Review, Panel Coordinator, Corporation for National and Community Service, January 26-February 17, 2015

2014 Social Innovation Fund Grant Review, Panel Coordinator, Corporation for National and Community Service, May 8-May 22, 2014

2014 AmeriCorps State and National Grant Review, Panel Coordinator, Corporation for National and Community Service, January 31-February 13, 2014

2013 Investing in Innovation (i3) Pre-Application Development Grant Review, Office of Innovation and Improvement, May 25-June 14, 2013

2013 AmeriCorps State and National Grant Review, Panel Coordinator, Corporation for National and Community Service, February 20-March 8, 2013

2012 Post-Review Quality Control for the 2012 AmeriCorps Grant Competition, Corporation for National and Community Service, March 2-13, 2012

2012 AmeriCorps State and National Grant Review, Panel Coordinator, Corporation for National and Community Service, February 1-February 16, 2012

2011 Post-Review Quality Control for the 2011 AmeriCorps Grant Competition, Corporation for National and Community Service, March 8-16, 2011

2011 AmeriCorps State and National Grant Review, Panel Coordinator, Corporation for National and Community Service, February 9-February 24, 2011

2010 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Review Session, Maryland State Department of Education, April 8-22, 2010

2010 AmeriCorps State and National Grant Review Session, Corporation for National and Community Service, February 10-February 26, 2010

2009 AmeriCorps State and National Grant Review Session, Corporation for National and Community Service, January 28-February 13, 2009

2008 Full Service Community Schools Grant Review Session, U.S Department of Education, June 16-27, 2008

2006 Parent Information Resource Centers Program Grant Review Session, U.S. Department of Education, June 19-30, 2006

Scholarship/Award Reviewer
2019 AERA Family School Community Partnership SIG Dissertation Award Committee, Member

2015 AERA Family School Community Partnership SIG Dissertation Award Committee, Chair

2014 AERA Family School Community Partnership SIG Dissertation Award Committee, Chair

2014 Johns Hopkins University Scholarship Committee Reviewer (Master’s and Doctoral Students)

2013 Johns Hopkins University Scholarship Committee Reviewer (Master’s Students)

2013 Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Project Grant Award Reviewer, Phi Delta Kappa International, December 21, 2012-January 18, 2013.

2011 Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Emerging Leaders Award Reviewer, Phi Delta Kappa International, April 20-June 1, 2011

2010 Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Prospective Educator Scholarships Reviewer, Phi Delta Kappa International, April 14-16, 2010

2010 Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Emerging Leaders Award Reviewer, Phi Delta Kappa International, June 1-July 1, 2010

GRANTS

Funded

2012: 2012 Urban Health Institute Small Grant Competition
A Process Program Evaluation: Supporting Boys of Color…Moving to the next LEVEL!
Funded: $9,147.00
Principal Investigator

2012: NSF 12-518 MSP-Targeted Awards
Student Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools (SABES)
Funded: $7,988,652.00
Co-Principal Investigator

2010: PDK Regional Project Grant
Phi Delta Kappa, International: Bloomington, IA

Not Funded

2014: 2014-2015 PDF Innovation and Impact Grant
Phi Delta Kappa International, Bloomington, IN

2013: Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant
African American Success Foundation, Inc.: Fort Lauderdale, FL

2011: 2011 Urban Health Institute Small Grant Competition
UHI-Johns Hopkins School of Public Health: Baltimore, MD

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

(Listed chronologically from most recent to oldest)

Wallace, B., & Abel, Y. (2017). Utilizing instructional evidence-based practices and family engagement to increase African American student achievement. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Cincinnati, OH.

Cuddapah, J., Abel, Y., & Johnson, F.W. (2017). Culture in the classroom: Examining the influence of teachers’ identities and attitudes. ). Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Parker, C., Abel, Y., Grigg, J.A., Mitchell, C., D’Souza, S., Moshfeghian, A., and Sheldon, S. B. (2015). It takes a village to raise an engineer: The STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools Project (SABES). Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Abel, Y. (2014). Involve fathers in partnership activities. Presentation at the Leadership Development Conference on School, Family, and Community Partnerships sponsored by the National Network of Partnership Schools, Baltimore, MD.

Abel, Y. (2014). Partner with families with low-income for high student achievement. Presentation at the Leadership Development Conference on School, Family, and Community Partnerships sponsored by the National Network of Partnership Schools, Baltimore, MD.

Abel, Y., Galindo, C. & Sanders, M. (2014). Explorations of race, class, and national origins in an urban community school. Paper presented at the 17th annual roundtable on School, Family, and Community Partnerships (INET), Philadelphia, PA.

Galindo, C., Abel, Y. & Sanders, M. (2014). Community schools as sources and products of social capital: An in-depth case study of an urban elementary school. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Abel, Y., Sheldon, S., & Mittapalli, K. (2014). STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools (SABES): Tomorrow’s STEM Professional, Today’s STEM Student: One Student and One Family at a Time. Webinar for MSP Academy: National Science Foundation. Stable URL: http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/sabes

Abel, Y., & Cuddapah, J. (2014). Career-Changers’ Perspectives on Becoming Culturally Responsive Teachers. Paper presented at 26th Annual Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Abel, Y., Cuddapah, J., & Johnson, F. (2014). Becoming Culturally Relevant Educators: Career Changer Teachers’ Multicultural Attitudes. Poster presented at 17th Annual American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

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

Abel, Y. (April, 2009). African American father involvement in their children’s school-based lives. Paper presented at the annual 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 Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development 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.

Abel, Y., Finigan, N. & Maranda, E. (2003, October). A cultural lens:  Exploring the School Behavior of urban, low-income, African American students. Presentation at the 10th Annual Conference of the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum, Baltimore, MD.

Daniels, A., Abel, Y. & Devanney, G. (2001, November). Electronic learning to prepare urban educators. Presentation at the 15th Annual Technology + Learning Conference sponsored by the National School Boards Association, Atlanta, GA.

Abel, Y. and Minor, S. (1998, June). Debunking the Myths: The Father Involvement Study. Presentation at the 6th Annual Male Involvement Conference sponsored by Maryland Committee for Children and the Maryland Department of Human Resources, Baltimore, MD.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

(By Year)

Abel, Y. (February, 2013). Engaging Families in Support of Learning. Keynote Address at the 2013 JHU PDK Induction, Johns Hopkins University School of Education: Baltimore, MD.

Abel, Y. (May, 2009). Cultural Diversity among Young School-Aged Children. Professional Development Presentation, Reading First sponsored by MSDE, Loyola: Columbia, MD.

Abel, Y. & Small, S. (April, 2009). Creating an Environment of Respect and Rapport. Presentation at the 2009 Week of the Young Child Conference sponsored by Delaware Technical and Community College, Dover, DE.

Abel, Y. (February, 2009). Involving fathers in the learning community. Professional Development Presentation, Northwestern High School: Baltimore, MD.

Abel, Y. & Rizzi, C. (February, 2009). Language as it relates to multicultural issues. Presentation to the Burke Continuing Parent SEED Meeting, The Burke School: Washington: DC.

Abel, Y., Gugliucciello, V. and Holcomb-McCoy, C. (November, 2008). The role of counseling in strengthening schools. Panel discussion presented by the Department of Counseling and Human Services, Johns Hopkins University: Rockville, MD.

Abel, Y., Bezold, L, & Marie, S. (November, 2008). What’s RACE got to do with it? Panel discussion presented by The Center for Adolescent Health, the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, and the Urban Leadership Institute: Baltimore, MD.

Abel, Y. (August, 2008). Including Fathers in Your Learning Community. Presentation at the 2008 BCPSS New Teacher Institute sponsored by Baltimore City Public Schools System, Baltimore, MD.

Abel, Y. (February, 2008). Developing a culture of inclusion and civility. Presentation at the 11th Annual Civility Day Conference sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute, Office of Social Equity, and West Chester University, West Chester, PA.
(Frederick Douglass Institute Visiting Scholar)

Abel, Y., Barnes. M, Hickman, M., Winston, R., Morant, K., and Muhammad, B. (February, 2008). Interdependence in the global village. Presentation at the 11th Annual Civility Day Conference sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute, Office of Social Equity, and West Chester University, West Chester, PA.
(Frederick Douglass Institute Visiting Scholar)

Abel, Y. (October, 2007). Including fathers in your learning community. Presentation to the Family Involvement Committee meeting of Stevens Forest Elementary School: Columbia, MD.

Abel, Y. (September, 2007). Parent Involvement: What does it look like? Presentation to UMBC students in Internship and Issues in Early Childhood Curriculum: Baltimore County, MD.

Abel, Y. (July, 2007). Including fathers in your learning community. Presentation to the SIMAT HDLD I class: Columbia, MD.

Abel, Y. (June, 2007). Including African American Fathers in Your Learning Community. Presentation at the 2007 HCSPSS Summer Institute sponsored by the Howard County School Public School System, Marriottsville, MD.

Abel, Y. (February, 2007). Navigating the doctoral process. Presentation to the Special Educational Doctoral Cohort Seminar class with Dr. Linda Tsantis: Columbia, MD.

Abel, Y. (November, 2006).  Myths about Parent Involvement.  Presentation to UMBC students in Internship and Issues in Early Childhood Curriculum: Baltimore County, MD.

Abel, Y. (September, 2006). Culturally Sensitive Guidance. Presentation to UMBC students in Internship and Issues in Early Childhood Curriculum: Baltimore County, MD.

Abel, Y. (March, 2006). Fathers speak: Are we listening? Presentation at the Faculty Development Lunch Series, What’s in the “HOP-per? by the Faculty Development Committee of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Baltimore, MD.

Abel, Y. (August, 2005). Introduction to Parent Involvement. Presentation to a Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment class with Dr. Francine Johnson and Nancy Cohen: Baltimore, MD.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

2018 Transformative Teacher Educator Fellowship: School of Education: Arcadia University

2017 Excellence in Mentorship Award: School of Education: Johns Hopkins University

2014 PDK Service Key Award: Phi Delta Kappa International

2010 DLC Diversity Recognition Award: Diversity Leadership Council: Johns Hopkins University

2009 PDK Emerging Leaders: Phi Delta Kappa International

2008 Post-Doctoral Teaching and Research Fellowship: Frederick Douglass Institute: West Chester University

2008 Judith Ruchkin Research Award: Maryland Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

2008 Frederick Douglass Institute Visiting Scholar: West Chester University

PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP

Internet

Urban Teaches Speaker Series 2017 – Dr. Yolanda Abel. Engaging with African American Fathers. (2017). Urban Teachers. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5e6XvAz5kg&t=12s

Urban Teachers Speaker Series 2017 – Dr. Yolanda Abel Q & A. Supporting Fathers. (2017). Urban Teachers. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODFQ9Rf1gnQ

Growing Up (Episode 1): Talk vs. Tech (July 2015). Brighten Society Lab. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pL_Z4qivmqs

Teach for America. Baltimore Alumni Bulletin (December 2011). Alumni Opening Message. Available at http://view.email.teachforamerica.org/?j=fe551678756d0474701d&m=ff2b1d767064&ls=fdc815717c6206757513737465&l=fe551577736c007b771c&s=fde61577736200747d177971&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe2e1772766c047e701d70

Derrick V. Kelley Video Production. Speaker (PRAISE Promotional Video).  Taped November 11, 2011. Available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIViR1VVEfo

Forest of the Rain Productions. Panelist (Parent Involvement in Education). Taped October 14, 2011. Available at http://vimeo.com/33163213

Newspaper Interviewee 

Richman, T. (2018, March 5). Baltimore school works to build father-daughter relationships through hair care. The Washington Post. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/baltimore-school-works-to-build-father-daughter-relationships-through-hair-care/2018/03/05/400c67fe-1daa-11e8-ae5a-16e60e4605f3_story.html?utm_term=.4af105091c87

Green, E.L. (2015, November 18). Report urges more resources to guide city students toward college. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved from http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/blog/bs-md-ci-fund-college-report-20151117-story.html

Green, E.L. (2008, April 28).  It was a story about early childcare education.

SERVICE

Service:
Student Academic Research
Doctoral Committees

Memberships:
Johns Hopkins University (JHU)-School of Education (SOE)-Teaching and Learning Area

  • Urban Leadership & Entrepreneurial Leadership Education Faculty Search Committee, Chair, 2019
  • EdD Advisory Board, Member, 2018-Present
  • 2018 EdD Cohort Lead, 2018-Present
  • Doctoral Committee, Member, 2017 to 2018
  • EdD Sub-Committee, Member, 2017 to 2018
  • EdD Scholarship Committee, Member, 2018

Johns Hopkins University (JHU)-School of Education (SOE)

  • Peer-2-Peer Writing Group, Creator and Co-Chair, 2016-2018
  • Committee on Faculty Workload, Member, 2017-2018
  • Beautification Committee, Member, 2017-2018
  • Associate Professor, Faculty Representative, 2016-2017 SOE Faculty Senate
  • Council of Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP) Accreditation Process, 2016
  • Committee on Diversity and Civility, Member 2007-2012; 2014-2018)
    • Chair (2009-2012; 2015-2018)
    • Co-Chair (2009)
    • Sub-Committee Chair: Developing a Culture of Inclusion and Civility (2007-2009)
  • Urban Education Certificate Planning Committee, Member 2006
  • Faculty Development Committee, Member 2014-2017
  • Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), Johns Hopkins University, Member 2008-Present
    • Phi Delta Kappa JHU Chapter, Vice President Programs and Activities (2014)
    • Phi Delta Kappa JHU Chapter, President (2010-2012; 2014-Present)
    • Phi Delta Kappa JHU Chapter, SOE Liaison (2008-2010)

Johns Hopkins University-University Wide

  • SOE Dean Search Committee Member, 2016
  • JHU Provost Prize Committee Member, 2018, 2017
  • JHU Provost Prize Inaugural Committee Member, 2016
  • Diversity Leadership Council, Member 2010-2013
    • Stop the Clock Sub-Committee Chair, 2010-2011
    • Education and Training Sub-Committee Chair, 2011-2012
  • Black Faculty Staff Association, Member 2002-Present
    • Faculty Representative, Executive Board Member, 2005-2007
  • Committee on Civility and Diversity, Member 2004-2007

Service to the Profession and/or Community

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA), Member, 2008-Present
    • Chair-Elect, Family, School, Community Partnerships, 2018-2020
    • Secretary/Treasurer, Family, School, Community Partnerships, 2016-2018
    • Member-At-Large of the Family, School, Community Partnerships SIG, 2013-2015

Conference Planning

International Roundtable on School, Family, and Community Partnerships (INET), Conference Co-Chair

  • 19th INET Conference (2018): Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice on Family and Community Engagement, New York, NY
  • 18th INET Conference (2016): Improving Research, Policy, and Practice for Effective and Equitable Programs of Family and Community Engagement, Washington, DC

International Conference on Higher Education Reform (2018 HER), Planning Committee Member

  • 15th Annual HER: Reinventing the Public Mission of Higher Education: Policies and Practice, Baltimore, MD

Stocks in the Future, Board Member, 2013-2016

  • Board Secretary, 2014-2016
  • Sub-committee Strategic Planning Member, 2014-2016
  • Sub-committee Program Committee Co-Chair, 2014-2016
  • Sub-committee Program Committee Member, 2013-2014

Maryland Consortium of Early Childhood Faculty & Administrators, Member 2013-Present

Consortium of Urban Education, Family Engagement Workgroup, Member 2013-2014

The Family Tree, a child abuse and neglect prevention agency, Volunteer, 2007

American Society for Training and Development, Maryland Chapter, Member 2007

National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), Member 2007; 2017 to Present

Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Nominations and Elections Committee, Region E Representative 2014-2017

Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), Johns Hopkins University Chapter, Member 2009-Present

Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), University of Maryland Chapter, Member 1995-Present

Maryland Regional Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families (MRPNFF), Board Member, Newsletter Editor, and Member (1996-2002)

CONTINUING EDUCATION

2016 Master Mentor Program
Johns Hopkins University

2014 11th Annual Qualitative Research Summer Intensive
Research Talk and Odum Institute

2014 Doing Qualitative Research: A Course for Beginners
Professional Development Course @ AERA Annual Meeting

2008 Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop
The Grant Institute

2007 Parent Facilitator Training
The Family Tree

2007 Utilizing MBTI Preferences when Training
American Society for Training and Development

2006 Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) Training (Modules 1-9)
Maryland State Department of Education and Sopris West Educational Services

2005 Differentiated Instruction
Baltimore County Public Schools Professional Development Office

2000 Responsive Training Symposium
Maryland Committee for Children Statewide Training Clearinghouse

2000 An Introduction to Survey Management
Joint Program in Survey Methodology

1996 Leaders2000 Plus
Associated Black Charities

CERTIFICATION

1993 Professional Standard Certification in Early Childhood Education BCPSS/Maryland State Department of Education (expired)