December 2020


Dr. Crystal Belle headshotDr. Crystal Belle
Educator, Poet, and Activist

Dr. Belle’s experiences are vast and include teaching in NYC public schools as a middle school and high school English teacher, working as a literacy coach/consultant in underserved schools in the Bronx, and teaching graduate courses in the English Education department at Teachers College of Columbia University, where she earned her Doctorate.

Belle developed and launched The Trayvon Effect conference in 2014 at Columbia University, which served as a space for educators and community activists to develop culturally relevant strategies for valuing the lives and experiences of Black and Brown students through education and community-based organizations. She was also an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Houston-Downtown, where she launched a racial literacies dialogue initiative titled Racial Literacies at UHD, which investigated the intersections among race, class and urban education.

A notable scholar, her research is centered on urban education, literacy and race, and has been featured in English EducationThe Journal of Black Studies and Education Review. Belle is also the author of Woman on Fire, a collection of poetry that explores the nuanced experiences of Black women in the Diaspora.

Dr. Belle was Director of Teacher Education at Rutgers University from 2017 until last month when she became Director of Partnerships for EL Education, Inc. EL Education was born out of a collaboration between The Harvard Graduate School of Education and Outward Bound USA. Its mission, now as then, is to create classrooms where teachers can fulfill their highest aspirations and students achieve more than they think possible, becoming active contributors to building a better world.

Most Recent Meetings

September 2023

Cover page of Mildred Boveda's presendation 'Collaborating Across Differences: Elevating Intersectional Consciousness to Improve Outcomes for All Students'
Learn more about our September presenter, Dr. Mildred Boveda and her presentation “Collaborating Across Differences: Elevating Intersectional Consciousness to Improve Outcomes for all Students.”

June 2023

Andy Hargreaves introductory slide for his June 2023 presentation to the Deans Compact
Learn about June’s keynote speaker, Dr. Andy Hargreaves and his presentation “Collaborative Professionalism Across the P20 Continuum.”

March 2023

Cover slide to the presentation Schools of Opportunity: 10 Research-Based Models of Equity in Action presented to the Deans Compact at the March 2023 meeting
Meet our March presenter’s, including Dr. Kevin G. Welner, and their presentation “Schools of Opportunity: 10 Research-Based Models of Equity in Action.”