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UNF professor selected for ‘Inquiry Initiative’ group to focus on opportunity gaps in education

Dr. Shaqwana Freeman-Green, UNF Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education associate professor, has been selected to participate in the inaugural “Inquiry Initiative” group sponsored by the Association of Teacher Educators, the nation’s oldest professional organization dedicated to the preparation of teachers.

The initiative is a collaborative exploration of teacher education practices and research, focused on opportunity gaps in education. Opportunity gaps are defined as the unequal or inequitable distribution of resources and options individuals or groups encounter in schools, colleges and universities as well as employment and professional contexts.

Freeman-Green was one of just 80 university- and school-based teacher educators and education scholars in the US chosen to participate in the initiative. The initiative aims to cultivate and support collaborative research inquiries across geographic and institutional contexts over a three-year span. Imagined as an alternative to the traditional “drive-thru” mode of professional engagement available via most academic conferences, the initiative will include sustained and sustainable professional partnerships that result in pedagogical innovations, research reports and presentations, and education policies.