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Alyssa McKendry, Alyssa Mei, Lauren Rha, and Mackenzie Heckman

Four GSE Students Receive Fulbright Awards

Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE) is proud to announce that four of its graduating students—Alyssa McKendry, Alyssa Mei, Lauren Rha, and Mackenzie Heckman—earned Fulbright Awards that will send them abroad to share their passion for education. (from left to right): Alyssa McKendry, Alyssa Mei, Lauren Rha, and Mackenzie Heckman…

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Alex Kenney

Research Spotlight: Dr. Alex Kenney

Dr. Alex Kenney is a Race and Social Justice in Education Research Post-Doctoral Fellow in the GSE’s Department of Educational Psychology. Dr. Kenney is a scholar of race with an exacting focus on the experiences of Black collegians at Historically and Predominantly White Institutions (HPWI). He investigates blatant and surreptitious…

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Research Spotlight: Dr. Travis Dumas

Dr. Travis Dumas is a Race and Social Justice in Education Research Post-Doctoral Fellow in the GSE’s Department of Learning and Teaching. Dr. Dumas’s research interests include anti-Black racism and schooling inequity; school climate and culture; student academic outcomes and opportunities; and culturally relevant pedagogy and practices. Can you tell…

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Sayuni Dias standing at Rutgers GSE Convocation

Teaching English & Hope: What’s Next for Our Distinguished GSE Alum?

Education is the opportunity to better oneself. That’s Sayuni Dias’ take. Sayuni was three years old when she immigrated from Sri Lanka with her family to the United States. She never knew her maternal grandmother, an English teacher. “Maybe it was just in my blood,” Sayuni said. Now Sayuni teaches…

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Rasha Abadir

GSE Doctoral Student Explores the Equation to Calculus

Rasha Abadir loves problems. Particularly, math problems. As a young girl, she was fascinated by the variety of ways to solve them. Years later, Abadir’s love of problem-solving led her to pursue a degree in mathematics, and, ultimately, a career in education. “All students can learn math,” Abadir said. “That’s…

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Marybeth Gasman, Steven Barnett, and Nicole Mirra

GSE Professors Named in Top 200 RHSU Edu-Scholars Public Influence Rankings 

Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE) is pleased to announce that three of its faculty members, Dr. Marybeth Gasman, Dr. W. Steven Barnett, and Dr. Nicole Mirra, have been recognized amongst the top 200 education scholars in the country in the 2024 RHSU Edu-Scholars Public Influence Rankings.  From left to right: Dr. Marybeth…

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Wanda Blanchett

Ensuring a Legacy of Educational Excellence and Equity

In her 32 plus years as an educator, Dr. Wanda J. Blanchett has taught and inspired countless people, from her early career to her current position as Dean of Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Dr. Blanchett has learned her own lessons too. “The biggest lesson that I’ve learned is it’s…

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Juail Goode

GSE Alum Excels as Educational Entrepreneur

As a child, Dr. Juail Goode played school in the summer. She lined up imaginary students in the long hallway of her Newark high-rise and then led them to lunch in her family’s kitchen. Dr. Goode made grade books by stapling blank pages she had ripped from real ledgers, given…

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Pooja Rajan standing in her classroom, smiling.

GSE Alum Encourages Critical Thinking in K-12 Classroom

As a young girl, Pooja Rajan must have asked her father 50 questions a day. Now, she has cut it back to 20 daily questions for Dad, but friends still know her as the one who asks another question before the first one is answered. “It is just how I’ve…

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Sean Brown standing his arms crossed outside the GSE

GSE Clinical Internships Open Door for Alum

Six years later, Sean Brown still remembers the call with a parent. The mother expected to hear something critical of her child, but Brown was checking in to say how well the student was doing. “She was crying, and she needed a moment because she was just so moved that…

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