This multi-institutional collaborative project is led by Principal Investigators Dr. Decoteau Irby from University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Terrance Green from University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Ann Ishimaru from the University of Washington in Seattle. We are joined by a team of graduate research assistants from each institution.


Dr. Decoteau Irby

University of Illinois at Chicago

Hometown: Greenville, SC (AKA G-Vegas)
Fun Fact: I am a songwriter and self-taught guitarist
Research Bio: His research explores how equity-focused school leadership can be used as a lever to improve Black children and youth’s academic achievement and socio- emotional well-being across a range of K-12 educational settings.

Dr. Ann Ishimaru

University of Washington

Hometown: Portland, OR
Fun Fact: I played large drums professionally
Research Bio: Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of leadership, school-community relations, and educational justice in P-12 education.

Dr. Terrance Green

The University of Texas at Austin

Hometown: Detroit, MI
Fun Fact: In high school, I held the record for the 100-meter dash for two days
Research Bio: His research examines how school reform intersects with equitable community development, with a focus on school and community leaders and how geography and gentrification influence educational opportunity for children of color inurban districts.


Dr. Shannon Paige Clark

Northwestern University 

Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Fun Fact: I am a wedding coordinator
Research Bio: Her research focuses on the schooling experiences of Black families; she strives to illuminate Black goodness in spite of anti-black racism.

Ahreum Han

University of Illinois at Chicago

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea/Chicago, IL
Fun Fact: I have a black belt in Taekwondo
Research Bio: Her research interests are supporting math teachers to provide highquality math instruction for all students byunderstanding math teacher leaders’ influences on their professional learning communities.

Jeremy Horne

The University of Texas at Austin

Hometown: Romulus, MI
Fun Fact: Nina Simone is my all-time favorite artist
Research Bio: His research uses critical qualitative methods to examine the psychic effects of gentrification on historically Black school-communities through the theoretical frameworks of settler colonialism and anti-blackness.

Fannie Martinez

University of Washington

Hometown: South Gate, CA
Fun Fact: I have participated in 5 flash mobs
Research Bio:
Her research interests focus on the relationships Latinx communities have with expanded learning programs, and the role that social emotional learning within these programs affects the work towards educational equity and social justice.

Taylor M. Smith

The University of Texas at Austin

Hometown: Marshall, TX
Fun Fact: I like to go mudding on dirt bikes and ATVs
Research Bio: Her research interests explore the intersections of education policy implementation, school discipline practices and policies, technology, and race and gender in K-12 public schools.

Brian Colar 

University of Illinois at Chicago 

Hometown: Coming Soon
Fun Fact: Coming Soon
Research Bio: Coming Soon