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Anjalé D. Welton’s scholarship examines how educational leaders both dialogue about and address race and racism in their school communities. Her research specific to racial equity and justice also considers the role of student and community voice, leadership, and activism in education reform and transformation. Some of her professional experiences include being the coordinator of a leadership and empowerment program for urban youth, a facilitator of an urban education teacher preparation program, and a teacher in large urban districts. She is also committed to providing professional development for educational leaders on issues of race and equity. Her most recent co-authored book (with Sarah Diem, University of Missouri), Anti-racist Educational Leadership and Policy: Addressing Racism in Public Education, challenges school leaders to question the racial implications of the policies they design and implement. In 2020, their book received the Taylor and Francis “Outstanding New Textbook” Award in Behavioral Sciences and Education, and in 2021 it received the AESA Critic’s Choice Book Award.

As co-principal investigator, Welton co-leads Implementation study A focusing on the social network study following the growth of professional networks across the districts and national partners throughout the pipeline development process.