Graduate scholar Marilyn Rhames has been chosen for a Pahara Institute Fellowship, a program that brings collectively leaders in instructional excellence and fairness, particularly these serving low-income youngsters and communities.
Rhames got here to the U of A to analysis “on the intersection of religion, race and schooling” below her college adviser, professor Patrick Wolf, within the Department of Education Reform. An writer and speaker, Rhames leverages tenets of Christianity to advocate for insurance policies that promote instructional justice for youngsters and households dwelling in fragile communities.
In 2011, Rhames based Teachers Who Pray, a nonprofit with greater than 140 school-based chapters in America. She has delivered two TEDx talks, together with “Why Faith Will Fix Education.” An schooling marketing consultant with purchasers within the philanthropy, authorities and nonprofit sectors, Rhames served on the design workforce of Harvard University’s Leadership Institute of Faith and Education. Her ebook, The Master Teacher: 12 Spiritual Lessons That Can Transform Schools and Revolutionize Public Education serves as a course on the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
“I labored as a New York City journalist for seven years, however after overlaying the 9/11 terrorist assaults, I felt known as to change into a trainer,” she mentioned. “I returned to my hometown of Chicago and commenced educating in 2003.”
Rhames mentioned she rapidly realized that educating was the “hardest, most consequential job” she had ever achieved. Chicago Public Schools have been shedding 25 to 30 college students a yr to road violence. Her college students have been coming to class with extreme educational, social and emotional wants.
“As a Christian, I knew that the job was greater than I might do alone, so I started praying with different lecturers at my college for assist and hope,” she mentioned. “We wanted inspiration and non secular help to carry our greatest selves to work day by day.”
She began Teachers Who Pray to let educators of religion know that prayer earlier than or after college or on a duty-free lunch break is authorized. Her 2018 TEDx speak, “Why Faith Will Fix Education,” centered on educating as a non secular endeavor.
“In truth, the act of educating is divine, however lecturers are human,” she mentioned.
Rhames earned a bachelor’s diploma in English from Dominican University, a grasp’s diploma in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a grasp’s diploma in schooling from National Louis University. She expects to finish her Ph.D. in schooling coverage on the U of A in May 2024.
Rhames is amongst 23 new Pahara Fellows who have been purposely chosen from completely different ethnicities, ideologies, religions and socioeconomic backgrounds to discover racial justice ideas in schooling collectively.
“We are inspired to carry our full selves into the Pahara house and have courageous conversations about greatest advance racial fairness in Okay-12 faculties,” she mentioned.