The College of Education creates opportunities for faculty, students, and external
groups to engage in dialogue on issues of equity and urban education to shape the
future of education.
To make advancements toward our college goal in urban education and equity, the equity fellows
program cultivates leadership in each department so that individual faculty and departments
can define, deepen, and delineate the work toward the goal. Each equity fellow gets time
to learn and develop an equity lens, and a $1000 stipend to put toward a project on curriculum
redevelopment, improved practices for supporting preservice students, or a broader
approach to work with K12 schools.
2017–18 Equity Fellows
Lea Ann Christenson, ECED is working on redesigning early childhood education courses so that they infuse
notions of equity at all levels, as well as working to support interns in professional
development schools to implement their work with an equity lens.
Winnie Dreier, SPED is considering ways in which to acknowledge and integrate issues of social
class into the special education curriculum.
Huili Hong, ELED is engaged in a research project that uncovers the stories of the youth who
are connected with the Baltimore Refugee Project and will use those stories to inform
her students in her elementary education courses, shifting the pedagogy for pre-service
teachers so that it can be more culturally responsive, and ethno-lingustically conscious.
Morna McDermott, ELED is developing a curriculum guide for teachers on the Voices of Baltimore, a short film she co-produced about the movement against legal segregation in Baltimore.
Jamie Silverman, SCED is developing a new curriculum for her secondary education courses to provide
the students with a racial equity lens.
Lisa Twiss, EDTL is redesigning her educational technology course around notions of equity and
access to technology.
Past Event 2/19/18 Breakfast Meeting: Envisioning Equity in Greater Baltimore’s Classrooms
As a follow-up from the 10/7/17 gathering, the College of Education at Towson University
convened a breakfast meeting to see our conversations move into action. View Meeting Outcomes
Past Event 10/7/17 Envisioning Equity in Greater Baltimore’s Classrooms: A gathering hosted by Towson
University and the College of Education
Black and brown youth in Greater Baltimore attend schools that do not always serve
them well. Given the structural challenges that provide inequitable funding and resources
for these youth, the gathering focused on how we can lift children up and help them
meet their educational and long-term goals. The challenges young people face were
recognized and the group gathered to explore ways to serve students in our schools