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Channell Selected as Jackson Scholar

Alexandra ChannellThe University Council for Educational Administration selected Education Leadership doctoral student Alexandra Channell as a 2020-2022 Jackson Scholar. The program, named for leader and scholar Dr. Barbara L. Jackson, provides networking, mentoring and professional development opportunities for graduate students of color and focuses on issues of equity and social justice in educational leadership.

Channell earned her Master of Educational Leadership from TCU in 2017, participating in the Principal Fellows Program. She is working on her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Superintendent Certification and serves as the Vice Principal at Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

“When I found out that I was accepted I was thrilled at the opportunity to network in a unique space with a formal mentor,” Channell said. “In my school we try to connect the girls with mentors and I thought it was great to come full circle.”

As a Jackson Scholar, Channell will receive academic support for research, publication and presentation; an individual mentor; and networking opportunities that continue for program alumni. She will attend the UCEA national conference in November, which will be held virtually this year, and she will present on her dissertation topic at next year’s conference.

She hopes to focus on single-sex education for her dissertation research and investigate how schools prepare girls of color to be academically, socially and culturally competent for success in school and other aspects of life. She said she loves working at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, a 6-12th grade campus where she has the opportunity to watch students grow and build relationships in a tight-knit community. She said the school stresses leadership and college readiness and has a 100 percent graduation rate.

“I really want my dissertation to be meaningful and impactful and contribute to the literature in some way,” she said. “I think it will be an amazing opportunity to collaborate with other scholars and other scholars of color around the issue of equity for students of color.”