College of Education and Human Development
VISION: The College of Education and Human Development aspires to be one of the top five education programs in the country. As responsive educators with adaptive expertise, we provide exceptional leadership in research and professional practice that impacts the lives of students from prekindergarten to post-graduate education.
Program Operator Dr. Ingrad Smith is the Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Jackson State University and Executive Director of the Association for Rural Education Policy and Practice. She has been an assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, university administrator at Florida International University and assistant professor at Mississippi State University.
She has a Bachelors Degree in English and a Masters Degree in Adult Education from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration with emphasis in school violence from Jackson State University.
Instructor Dr. Dennis Williams is the Director of the Masters of Arts in Teaching program for the College of Education and Human Development at Jackson State University. He has served in the capacity of coach, lead teacher, assistant principal, and athletic director at CM& I.
He has a Bachelors Degree in Business, a Masters Degree of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education, a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration.
Co-instructor/Technologist Casey Johnson is a nine year educator and has taught multiple disciplines on different levels. He is currently a 6-8 Grade Math teacher at Siwell Road Middle School in the Jackson Public School District. Mr. Johnson has been an Electronics Instructor at Hinds Community College on the Utica Campus. He has also held positions of coach, consultant, and technician.
He has a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Technology with an emphasis in Electronics and a Masters Degree in Technology Education from Jackson State University. He is currently enrolled in the Specialist Degree program for Secondary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics.
Co-instructor Chris Shepard is a 2 year educator that works at Cardozo Middle School in the Jackson Public School District. He is an 8th Grade History teacher there and also assistant basketball coach. He holds a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and is currently in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program at Jackson State University.
The group of young men that we have, come from diverse backgrounds and have some unique talents. Let us meet the guys.
Israel Abiye is an 18 year old freshman at Jackson State University. He is one of four children and a native of Ethiopia. He is a very intelligent young man that majors in Civil Engineering. Israel's hobbies are soccer, reading, and current events. He is bilingual and speaks English and Amharic.
Beyond the Bricks Jackson started up successfully. Dr. Dennis Williams presented at the round table discussion giving the protocol for the program. The participants introduced themselves and told about their backgrounds as well as their goals and interests.
Mr. Johnson covers the first month project with participants. Isaiha Watson was intrigued by the media messages that were linked. He said he will think more about what he watches and sees more often.
With cameras in hand, the young men venture off to take some shots of campus life at Jackson State to get a glimpse of what challenges participants Israel Abiye and Nahom Tilahun are undergoing in their STEM majors. (Civil Engineering and Computer Science)
The guys went to their computer stations as we covered the curriculum for week 3 days one and two.
Cinematography and Oral History
In the pursuit of all things, there comes a time when certain skills are needed. We had the guys meet with Dr. Frank Giles and his wife Dr. Gloria Dansby-Giles to give the guys some pointers on work readiness skills.