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    SPS Welcomes Dr. Shelby Cooley as Senior Research Associate Supporting Office of AAMA
    Posted on 02/08/2021
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    SPS Welcomes Dr. Shelby Cooley as Senior Research Associate Supporting Office of AAMA

    Seattle Public Schools is pleased to welcome recently hired Dr. Shelby Cooley as a senior research associate supporting the Office of African American Male Achievement (AAMA).

    Dr. Cooley joins the research team and AAMA, which, led by Dr. Mia Williams, works to ensure that the educational environment across the system supports the brilliance and excellence of Black boys and teens.

    Dr. Cooley is passionate about racial equity in education and community-led strategies for liberation. She is from Southeast Seattle and was previously research director at the Community Center for Education Results —an education non-profit supporting student success in south King County.

    Dr. Cooley received her doctorate in child development from the University of Maryland where she focused on the emergence of anti-Black racism in childhood, how environments shape children's perceptions of fairness and justice, Black racial identity, and contexts that enable youth to challenge negative group norms. Her prior professional work focused on early learning access and quality instruction at New York University's INSIGHTS to Children's Temperament Lab, and at Child Trends' in Washington, D.C.

    Through her background with education and racial equity research, Dr. Cooley brings immense experience and passion to SPS.

    Learn more about the Office of African American Male Achievement.