PhD students Zainab Qaabidh and Mario Jackson invited to join Alliance for Catholic Education Reform Leaders Summit cohort

NC State College of Education graduate students Zainab Qaabidh ’24PHD and Mario Jackson ’24PHD, both earning Ph.D. in Leadership in Education, Policy and Human Development in the area of ​​study of the Education Policy Assessment and Analysis program, have been invited to join the 14th cohort of the Alliance Reform Leaders Summit for Catholic education.

The Reform Leaders Summit aims to equip leaders with the skills and capacities to support family rights and educational equity. Qaabidh and Jackson will be part of a cohort of approximately 50 educators who will take part in three immersion weekends, led by policymakers, school leaders, researchers, education entrepreneurs and donors. funds.

“I consider it a huge honor to have been accepted into this program. Being accepted reflects my interest in learning more about equity and its intersection with educational policy and practice across the United States,” Jackson said.

“In my 22 years of study, the last eight years have prompted my desire to pursue a doctorate. and bring about effective changes in the private school sector,” Qaabidh said. “These experiences have given me the ability to advocate and educate families about alternative options to public education while ensuring equitable opportunities for all. This summit will allow me to strengthen my knowledge and skills to continue to support these efforts. »

As part of the Reform Leaders Summit cohort, Qaabidh said she is very much looking forward to exploring topics related to special education in the private sector with a focus on implemented strategies that could serve as a model of fairness and choice for other institutions. .

She is also thrilled to have the opportunity to network and collaborate with influential education leaders.

“Education is not a profession, but a noble calling. I am honored to have these opportunities to serve, advocate and facilitate experiences that will continue to shape, improve and inspire others,” she said.

Jackson, originally from Jamaica, said he looked forward to the opportunity to learn more about school choice reform in the United States and the movement’s potential to advance equity for groups of children. historically minority students.

“As an emerging policy scholar, I plan to learn more about how I can participate in and influence education policy conversations across the United States,” he said. “Additionally, the training and activities will certainly give me the opportunity to voice some of the many questions I have about equity issues in K-12 policies across the United States”

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