The Frederick Douglass Institute for Intercultural Research has awarded Fatima Ferguson, a doctoral candidate in instruction and curriculum leadership at the University of Memphis, the Summer 2013 Douglass Scholars Fellowship.
Ferguson has K–12 teaching experience and has taught undergraduate courses such as Learning in an Urban Environment and Methods to Teaching Social Studies. Her research areas include culturally responsive teaching, educational equity, and school climate.
Ferguson's dissertation is a quantitative study that examines the impact school climate has on average yearly progress (AYP). She compares schools in an urban, southern school district that have achieved AYP for 3 consecutive years with schools that didn't achieve AYP for 3 consecutive years. She will defend her dissertation, entitled "School Climate Components that Contribute to Average Yearly Progress in Urban Mississippi Schools," in the fall.
As a Douglass Scholars Fellow, Ferguson will work in the Department of Professional Studies in Education with Professor Monte Tidwell and Professor George Bieger in the Urban Seminar in Philadelphia. She'll also participate in professional development workshops and opportunities sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute.
Learn more about Fatima Ferguson.
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