Aligning Entrepreneurship with Education – TC Columbia University

by | May 24, 2022 | Education

Curating opportunities for community is at the crux of Kisha Howell’s work. The doctoral grad in the Curriculum & Teaching program – who walked alongside her classmates at the first in-person doctoral hooding in three years – carried that drive with her during a dissertation and two entrepreneurial ventures in recent years. 
 “I think the pandemic caused a lot of people to ask if they were doing what they really wanted to do,” says Howell, a former teacher and curriculum developer. “I never wanted to be an entrepreneur and I never thought about becoming an entrepreneur until the pandemic hit.” 
Howell has since parlayed her spirit for building anew with insights from her dissertation. At the helm of her own educational consulting efforts, Howell offers school leaders an independent perspective on curriculum and learning. In the venture, Howell applies principles outlined in her examination of Mississippi’s Freedom Schools, which were established in 1964 by activists to offer a more comprehensive, rigorous education to approximately 2500 Black students of all ages. 
Empowering Black students, Howell’s research suggests, requires a transformation of what counts as teacher education. Despite the evidence to support the value of Mississippi’s Freedom Schools, to Howell, the model design by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and its practices have been historically undervalued in the development of education models to recenter marginalized people. 
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