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An Educator’s Story

A Life of Learning

 Dr. Rema Reynolds Vassar is a former teacher, counselor, administrator, community organizer and has done everything from clean to lead schools. Currently, she teaches aspiring leaders across the world. Her research is centered in urban schools serving culturally diverse students and families. Specifically, Dr. Vassar examines issues of parent engagement as they relate to Black families and student achievement, instructional strategies educators employ to honor and incorporate literacies students bring to the classroom, cultural competencies school counselors acquire through their respective preparatory programs, and the roles of school administrators in community and civic development. Her forthcoming books focus on engaging underrepresented parents in schools and provide practical guides and strategies for parents and school officials.


Dr. Rema's research is centered on urban schools serving culturally diverse students and families. Specifically, Rema examines issues of parent engagement as they relate to Black families and student achievement, instructional strategies educators employ to honor and incorporate literacies students bring to the classroom, cultural competencies counselors and school counselors acquire through their respective preparatory programs, and the roles of school administrators in community and civic development. 


Dr. Vassar has worked as a consultant for a number of school districts across the country assisting teachers and administrators in adopting culturally relevant pedagogy and taking deliberate action in facilitating community engagement and inviting parents to participate in ways meaningful for them and beneficial for students. Dr. Rema is deeply committed to the success of every student to produce a democratic society. She believes that if we change schools, we change society and if we want to realize transformational change, the classroom is the point of greatest impact; the power of the teacher is our greatest hope.

Education is a calling. Dr. Reynolds Vassar accepted the call. She transforms her wealth of research and teaching experiences, her insight from service within communities, and her passion and commitment to see the most vulnerable students succeed into democratic action through quality professional development for fellow educators. She is dedicated to working both nationally and abroad with leaders, organizations, corporations, communities, schools, and individual families and studentsto advocate for a quality education for all. Education is the way to transform lives; indeed, it is the conduit through which we change the world. Ultimately Dr. Rema’s work, her mission is to enlighten and engage all stakeholders to ensure that every student learns.