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Mavis G. Sanders


Ph.D. – Stanford University
Office: Fine Arts, Room 017
Phone: 410-455-2738
Mavis G. Sanders is affiliate professor in the doctoral program in language, literacy, and culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She teaches courses on cultural diversity, research designs in education, and action research, as well as independent studies for doctoral students with interests in community development, educational policy, and program evaluation.Her research focuses on improving schools and educational outcomes for underserved youth through school, family, and community partnerships. She has authored/co-authored over 50 journal articles and book chapters on how schools and districts develop and scale up their partnership programs, the effects of home, school, and community collaboration on African-American adolescents’ school success, and community engagement in schools.  She has also authored/edited four books, most recently Principals Matter: A Guide to School, Family, and Community Partnerships (with Steven Sheldon, Corwin Press, 2009) and School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action, Third Edition (with Joyce Epstein, et al., Corwin Press, 2009).  Other books include Building School-Community Partnerships: Collaboration for Student Success (Corwin Press, 2005) and Schooling Students Placed at Risk (LEA, 2000). Her current research examines the role of principal and teacher leadership in restructuring learning opportunities for low income students through full-service community schools.

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