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SOE Welcomes New Assistant Dean for Academic Administration

Claretta McDaniel

After a national search, Claretta McDaniel was selected as the new Assistant Dean for Academic Administration in the School of Education, beginning June 15th. Claretta has extensive experience in higher education and embodies a passion for student success, equity, and inclusion. She was most recently the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the Howard University School of Divinity where she provided management oversight for student services, including recruitment, admissions, retention, scholarships, and student programming. Prior, she has served as the Director of Graduate Student Services at the Kogod School of Business at AU where she was responsible for academic degree program management, academic advising, and student retention. Read more.

SOE Awarded Grant for Educator Preparation Program

Grow Your Own grantAmerican University’s School of Education was awarded the 2022 Educator Preparation ‘Grow Your Own’ program grant in support of the Teacher Pipeline Project from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in Washington, DC. SOE’s dual enrollment program, implemented over the last four years, introduces DC high school students to education. Our Teaching Fellows Program fully supports DC students who want to pursue a degree in teaching, and DCPS has agreed to hire our Teaching Fellows, meaning that they have a job upon graduation. The impact is already being felt as more than 20 DC public and public charter high school students have successfully completed our AU education courses and six Teaching Fellows are in their freshman and sophomore years at AU.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Antiracism at AU SOE

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Meghan Seril

Training Teachers in Education Policy & Research With Teach Plus

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Additional Accomplishments


Student & Alumni Accomplishments

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  • 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, SOE doctoral student, was awarded the 2022 Joe Montano Award for championing the empowerment of Asian American communities in Virginia [May 22, 2022]
  • This fall, Lisa L. Daniels will be a founding history teacher at the Alabama Aerospace and Aviation High School as she continues as a doctoral student in SOE [May 19, 2022]
  • La’Nita Johnson '19, now a USAID Foreign Service Officer, gave the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala's commencement address celebrating how the graduates will be a small segment (3.8%) of Guatemalan citizens with a university degree [May 10, 2022]
  • Dr. Tomiko Ball ’22 was awarded the Outstanding Scholarship at the Graduate Level by American University [May 2, 2022]
  • MAT student Justin Blanc was selected for the Maryland Association of Teacher Educators' Distinguished Teacher Candidate Award for showing a commitment to student learning and to the practice of reflective, responsive teaching [April 25, 2022]
  • ITEP student Madeline Crawford was chosen to be a Boren Graduate Fellow to study Japanese in Japan
  • ITEP student Julia Bouchelle was chosen to be a Boren Graduate Fellow to study Swahili in Tanzania
  • ITEP student Adam Medadi was awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Summer Language Fellow for Turkey

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