Who We Are
Who We Are
Profile of SIG 27 Members
SIG Officers

Chair, Dr. Norvella Carter


 Dr. Carter is a Professor of Education and Endowed Chair in Urban Education in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture at Texas A&M University , College Station, Texas.   One of the highlights of Dr. Carter's career is the service she provided as an invited scholar to give expert testimony at a Congressional Hearing a the Capitol Building in Washington,D.C. on "Closing the Achievement Gap for Children of Color."  She can relate to most educational levels, because she has been an elementary, special education, and secondary teacher, in addition to serving as a principal in urban schools.   Currently, Dr. Carter's research foci and expertise are: 10 equity pedagogy; 2) urban education; 3) teacher education and development for diverse classrooms; 4) teacher retention; and 5) standards as they relate to curriculum and instruction. Dr. Carter is Executive Editor of the National Journal for Urban Education and Practice. It is one of the leading refereed journals in urban education. Dr. Carter’s scholarship has been published in journals, books and teaching manuals. She authored a teachers’ manual that is used by teachers of more than 100,000 students in city schools. Dr. Carter has conducted presentations on her work in many cities nationally and internationally in countries such as Canada, Costa Rica, England, France, Ireland, Botswana, and South Africa. 


Dr. Crystal Claudette Jensen


  Dr. Jensen has coordinated and taught technology in rural and urban, public and private, K12 and higher education organizations for the past 15 years. As a member of the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma, Jensen’s current research highlights the possible futures of utilizing information and communication technologies (ICTs) for Native American/ Indigenous Peoples’ capacity building, women’s leadership, and work-life balance, especially in rural and remote locations. She has traveled extensively around our nation and the globe to meet with other Indigenous, governmental, and educational technology leaders. She regularly presents at scholarly conferences/meetings, has received over 20 leading awards from notable Native American and technology organizations, and has had five articles published about her work. Her current research/publication agenda includes the fields of: Global Indigenous ICT’s women’s leadership, work-life balance, mentoring, and teacher education.

Program Committee Chair,

Dr. Malik Henfield


 Dr. Henfield is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the University of San Francisco’s School Counseling Program. His scholarship situates Black students' lived experiences in a broader ecological milieu to critically explore how their success is impeded and enhanced by school, family and community contexts and policies at all stages of the educational pipeline. Dr. Henfield worked as a school counselor at Blackville-Hilda Junior High School and the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University.

Graduate Student Coordinator, 

Dr. Jeanine Staples

Appointed Interim, 2015-2016

Dr. Staples is Associate Professor of Literacy and Language & Africa American Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. As a sociocultural literalist, Jeanine studies evolutions of voice, story and texts to solve personal and public problems in schools and society. Her work intercepts race and gender consciousness, specifically. In her forthcoming book, The Revelations of Asher: An Endarkened Feminist New Literacies Event, she explores Black women's experiences with terror in romantic love. 

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