Dr. Rema Reynolds
"I know the power of the teacher. Teachers shape and mold lives, fashioning destinies in each classroom. If we want to change the world, it starts in the classroom, the point of greatest influence."
- Ph.D. in Urban Schooling – University of California, Los Angeles, 2009
Dr. Reynolds has worked as a consultant for a number of school districts across the country, assisting teachers and administrators in taking deliberate action in facilitating community engagement and inviting parents to participate in ways meaningful for them and beneficial for students. Developing servant leaders, Dr. Reynolds has also taught and presented at professional conferences throughout the United States and in over 20 countries.
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In which online degree program do you teach?
Which classes do you teach online?
EDLD 513: Community Education and Community Relations
EDLD 509: Educational Leadership in a Pluralistic Society
What do students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?
Students think critically about issues of access, equity and difference. With a constructive approach to meaning making and knowledge creation, we examine schooling structures, policy and practice. By the course’s end, students identify marginalizing pedagogies, epistemologies and deficit mindsets that thwart the healthy development of the students and families we serve in our schools. Students who complete the course feel the sense of efficacy necessary to establish just, democratic and inclusive school communities.
Expected outcome: To change the world.
Why did you start teaching?
I wanted to change the world. I know the power of the teacher. Teachers shape and mold lives, fashioning destinies in each classroom. If we want to change the world, it starts in the classroom, the point of greatest influence.
I've always wanted to be a teacher. By my freshman year in high school, I knew I wanted to teach literature. I wanted to make sure students saw themselves reflected in the content. Children feel like they matter when they are able to pick up a book and see their reflection positively represented. I never had that experience in any English class. I wanted that for students.
I want to effect positive change. Teaching school leaders, schools' instructional leaders, is an efficient way influence pedagogical choices teachers make in the classroom.
What advice would you give to those considering this online degree program?
There is an instructor somewhere in that platform. Reach out. Make a connection. Virtual office hours are effective.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in education?
- A thirst for knowledge
What do you think is the biggest challenge that educators face today?
The de-professionalization of education. Asserting oneself as a competent educator is becoming increasingly more difficult in this current climate. Assumed expertness facilitates trust needed for healthy relationships. Educators do not have the benefit of the doubt with respect to competence and expertness.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
“A People's History of the United States” by Howard Zinn.
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know.
I've gone skydiving.