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The Center for Research Use in Education and the Partnership for Public Education at the University of Delaware share a collaborative goal to improve outcomes for all students by translating high-quality research into educational materials. In the spring of 2021, an interdisciplinary team assembled to translate the research of Dr. Roderick L. Carey on the school experiences of Black and Latino adolescent boys and young men. As a result of this months-long process, the educational materials presented on this website were developed. The materials offered on this website are for educators’ and program leaders’ noncommercial, educational use.

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Meet the Project Team



Roderick L. Carey, Ph.D.

Roderick L. Carey, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware. His current interdisciplinary research serves to make sense of the school experiences of Black and Latino adolescent boys and young men in urban contexts, drawing upon critical theories, sociological tools, and constructs from developmental psychology. Dr. Carey employs primarily qualitative approaches in researching and writing about both macro and micro issues related to families and schools, teacher education, professional development for equity, and the ways Black and Latino adolescent boys and young men conceptualize their postsecondary school futures and enact college-going processes.

Dr. Carey received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration on Minority and Urban Education, from the University of Maryland College Park; his Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education; and his B.A. in Secondary Education and English from Boston College.

Prior to joining the University of Delaware, Dr. Carey was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Urban Education. In partnership with the Department of Applied Developmental Psychology in the School of Education, he was the lead qualitative researcher on a team conducting mix-methods evaluations of the Heinz Endowments Youth Organizing initiative. He also chaired the first Center for Urban Education Summer Educator Forum, which brings together approximately 100 Pittsburgh area educators annually for two days of workshops, lectures, discussions, and other professional learning experiences. From 2009 to 2012, he was a Research Assistant for a $1.5 million Institute of Education Sciences grant to design a writing curriculum to improve reading and writing among predominantly Black and Latinx middle-school students.

He spent four years working in urban charter schools in Washington, D.C., as a high school English teacher, coach, performing arts coordinator, and instructional leader.


Dr. Carey has been invited to deliver speeches, lectures, and conference research presentations locally, nationally, and internationally and has consulted with independent schools, summer camps, and such organizations as the Southern Poverty Law Center on issues related to race, justice, and education. He has published book chapters and reviews, and has authored a blog on the Huffington Post. He has been invited to write blogs for the Voices in Education: The Blog of Harvard Education Publishing, Forum of the American Journal of Education, and for the Official Blog of Kappa Delta Pi. Most recently, his articles have been published in the Harvard Educational Review, American Journal of Education, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Education and Urban Society, Educational Administration Quarterly, Independent School, The Urban Review, and Urban Education.



Dawn Clarke

Graduation Guide and RTI Coordinator

at a high school in Christina School District, Newark, DE

Dawn Clarke has been in education since 1994. Dawn began teaching Health and Physical Education at Eastern High School in 1994. In 2008 Dawn joined the Yellow Jacket Family.  Dawn left the AVID classroom in 2019 to take on the role as Graduation Guide. Dawn is the MTSS coordinator and senior class advisor. Dawn works hand and hand with many colleagues to help her students accomplish their goal of graduation. Dawn recently worked with Dr. Roderick L. Carey and his team on the Black Boy Mattering Project. Dawn was recognized as Teacher of the Year 2019-2020.  Dawn is married and has 3 children. Dawn resides in Hockessin Delaware and enjoys the Delaware beaches.



Diane Codding, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar
Northwestern University

Diane Codding, Ph.D. focuses her research on issues of equity and diversity in STEM education, culturally responsive professional development, and antiracist praxis. Dr. Codding spent four years teaching high school English and creative writing in Dover, Delaware before completing her Ph.D. in Sociocultural and Community-Based Approaches in Education at the University of Delaware.



Laura A. Mikowychok

Laura A. Mikowychok Design & Media, LLC

Laura A. Mikowychok has worked in educational design for over 12 years, including creating school district online learning solutions, delivering professional development programs for teachers in technology and design, developing a state educational evidence clearinghouse, and managing the day-to-day operations of a K-12 online academy. She was named a 3E Institute Innovative Educator and has presented at iNACOL's National Symposium and many state conferences. She is the project manager for the Pennsylvania Evidence Resource Center, overseeing evidence, design, and research partnerships. She also develops website, graphic design and video solutions for businesses.

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Elizabeth Farley-Ripple, Ph.D.

The University of Delaware

Elizabeth Farley-Ripple, Ph. D. is associate professor in the School of Education, director of the Partnership for Public Education at the University of Delaware, and Co-Principal Investigator of the Center for Research Use in Education and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation project of translating research for use in schools.



Carolyn Hammerschmidt

The University of Delaware

Carolyn Hammerschmidt is a doctoral candidate in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. Her background includes serving as a teacher, K-5 school leader, and leading a community-based public education advocacy group.

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Debbie Micklos, CFCS

The University of Delaware

Debbie Micklos, CFCS is the project coordinator at the Center for Research Use in Education and this, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation project. Her career includes teaching family and consumer sciences, advising FCCLA chapters, and consulting with the Delaware Department of Education to support FCS programs and 21st Century Community Learning programs.

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Anthony Phillips

Director of Pre-College Programs 
TeenSHARP, Wilmington, DE 

In a world that tries to limit and narrowly define Black men, Anthony is accomplished and fiercely authentic. At TeenSHARP, he provides leadership in an organization that gives low-income, Black, and Latinx youth access to premier leadership opportunities, trains them to be ambassadors of higher education in their communities, and prepares them for success at selective colleges and universities. His signature laugh belies the pain and adversity he had to overcome on his way to degrees from Bates College, Yale University, and a soon-to-be PhD degree. With his humility and approachability, he founded a youth leadership nonprofit organization —Youth Action— in his early teens that he continues to help lead.

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