Professor Tyrone C. Howard is a Professor of Education at UCLA in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies’ Urban Schooling Division. He is also the Director and Founder of the Black Male Institute at UCLA, which is an interdisciplinary cadre of scholars, practitioners, community members, and policy makers dedicated to improving the educational experiences and life chances of Black males. He was also the Director of Center X for the past seven years, which is a consortium of urban school professionals working toward social justice and educational equity in transforming Los Angeles schools. He has stepped down as the Director of Center X to accept new responsibilities as the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies’ Associate Dean of Equity and Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer.
Professor Howard’s research is primarily concerned with academic achievement of youth in urban schools. His work has centered on the achievement gap facing African American and other culturally diverse students, and the importance of providing teachers the skills and knowledge to assist them in reversing persistent underachievement. Dr. Howard has been a member on the UCLA faculty for the past 14 years. Prior to his tenure at UCLA, he was a faculty member in the College of Education at The Ohio State University. Before entering higher education, Dr. Howard was a classroom teacher in the Compton Unified School District. A native of Compton, California, Dr. Howard is one of the foremost experts on race, culture, teaching and learning in urban schools. His book, Race, Culture, and the Achievement Gap, is a Teachers College Press bestseller examines the roles that race and culture play in educational outcomes.
Dr. Howard’s new book, “Black Male(d)” examines the lives and identities of African American males in diverse contexts, and has recently become a bestseller. Professor Howard has been a contributor on National Public Radio, CBS/KCAL news, the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post and is also a contributor to the New York Times Educational Issues Forum. Dr. Howard has published over 60 peer review journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entrees, and technical reports. He was awarded an Early Career Award by the American Educational Research Association, which is the nation’s largest, and most prestigious educational research organization, for his work on equity and access in urban schools. Dr. Howard is considered one of the foremost thinkers on race, equity, access and education in the country.