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Sabrina Wesley-Nero, PhD

Georgetown University

Sabrina Wesley-Nero, Ph.D., is an educationist whose research focuses on the experiences of students who have historically been marginalized as a result of their racial, socioeconomic, cultural and linguistic identities; the teachers who serve these students; and the educational contexts in which these students thrive. Sabrina directs Georgetown University’s Program in Education, Inquiry and Justice and is head of the Teacher Preparation program in the M.A. in Educational Transformation (MAET) program. She teaches courses on urban education, educating the whole child, and philosophy of education; facilitates undergraduate experiences that integrate coursework, community based learning and school-based praxis; and collaborates with schools and teachers to support teacher development and student learning. Prof. Wesley-Nero has extensive experience in the field of education. She has taught in English as a Second Language, Spanish bilingual, Spanish immersion, and general education K-12 classrooms. She served as Director of Curriculum for the New Teacher Project in New York and Director of Research and Program Evaluation at Center for Inspired Teaching in Washington, DC. Professor Wesley-Nero has conducted research on the preparation of teachers of English learners and the professional development of school leaders in Washington, DC.

LaGarrett King, PhD

University of Missouri

LaGarrett King is an award winning professor, author, speaker, and professional development specialist. A former high school social studies teacher in Georgia and Texas, his primary research interest examines the Teaching and Learning of Black history in schools and society.

He has over 50 scholarly articles and book chapters. Published in such scholarly journals such as Theory and Research in Social Education, Race, Ethnicity, and Education, Journal of Negro History, and Teaching Education. He is editor of 4 books: Perspectives on the Teaching of Black History in Schools, Hollywood or History?: An inquiry-based strategy for using film to teach African American History, We Be Lovin’ Black Children, and Social Studies Education and Racial Literacy. He has 3 books in press or in development. These books are Teaching Slavery in Secondary Schools, Teaching Black History: Countering Miseducation and Black identity in K-12 classrooms, and Developing critical inquiries in education.   


Prof. King is the Founding Director of the CARTER Center for K-12 Black History Education. The Carter Center focuses on research projects and teacher professional development activities that seek to improve K-12 Black history education. The center engages in services and teaching related to its research mission while also helping to build networks of people and organizations committed to Black history education.

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