Asia’s research has a sociology of education focus where she examines how race and poverty impact the K-12 experience. Asia is currently interested in the role of culturally sustaining educators within public education, the resources and support they require, and how to measure their skill sets. Additionally, she focuses on the ways in which culturally sustaining educators impact the academic achievement of students, specifically, middle school aged, Black students, impacted by the trauma of poverty. Asia hopes to develop a measure to identify culturally sustaining educators and the key pedagogical elements that improve the achievement of students experiencing the most vulnerability.
MORE ABOUT ASIA
Asia Sade Ivey is a Spelman Alumna who made “A Choice to Change the World,” and she is confident that her role in the HPRS program will align her with other scholar activists with similar goals. She plans to combine her psychology training with her sociology of education perspective to reconceptualize poverty as a trauma, and to inform policy that will combat the intergenerational trauma of poverty.
DISSERTATION GRANT AWARDEE — SPRING 2022
Black Educators Matter: An Examination of Equity Leadership and Policy Implications for Critical Professional Development
Progressive Black educators possess a deep commitment to equity, however, their expertise often goes unnoticed and unsupported by the system of public education. Contemporarily, their agency to develop critically conscious curricula is challenged by misinformed policies that limit their instructional range, thereby having a significant impact on the sustainability and retention of their critical knowledge and practices. The purpose of this dissertation is: to learn how race and racism in the public school system influence the development of equity-focused leadership and the curriculum development of progressive Black educators, to ascertain how educators are utilizing informal programs and networks to maintain equity in virtual learning landscapes, and to identify critical professional development strategies that further cultivate and retain progressive Black educators in public education.
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