Who We Are

The Digital Education Hub team is made up of faculty, staff, and students in the Indiana University School of Education-Indianapolis at IUPUI. We are committed to promoting equity and inclusion in classrooms, schools, and communities through community-engaged research and public scholarship and facilitating anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices in teacher education.

Leadership

The leadership of the Digital Education Hub is comprised of highly experienced individuals committed to working for equity and inclusion in education.

  • Jeremy F Price
  • Cristina Santamaría Graff
  • Paula Magee
  • Ted Hall
  • Brooke Moreland
  • Amy Waechter-Versaw
  • Craig Willey
  • Ryan Murray
  • Derrick Slack
  • Alexandria Fox
  • Kelly Russo
Jeremy F. Price

Jeremy F Price

PhD, Primary Investigator and Project Director

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Dr. Jeremy Price (he/him/his) is Assistant Professor of Technology, Innovation, and Pedagogy in Urban Education and serves as the Primary Investigator and Project Director for the Digital Education Hub for Rigorous Remote Learning with Communities.

Dr. Price also serves at the Primary Investigator and Project Director for the nationwide Community Studies of Antisemitism In Schools (CSAIS) project. As a public scholar-advocate, Dr. Price is invested in using his experiences and expertise to engage and build capacity and capital in educational settings for marginalized and minoritized youth and communities to build, strengthen, and sustain an inclusive and just democratic project. He works to prepare preservice and inservice educators to use technology for just, equitable, and inclusive purposes that honors learners, their identities, and their communities. Dr. Price also works to provide educators in all fields with opportunities to interrogate, examine, and learn to teach through and discuss topics such as race, religion, hate, and extremism.

Dr. Price received his PhD in Curriculum & Instruction in STEM Education from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, his EdM in Technology in Education from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, and his BA in Cultural Anthropology from Brandeis University. He has served as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California-Berkeley and worked for CAST, the organization that developed Universal Design for Learning.

Cristina Santamaría Graff

Cristina Santamaría Graff

PhD, Co-Primary Investigator

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Cristina Santamaría Graff (biracial Mexicana) is an Assistant Professor of Special Education, Urban Teacher Education at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis (IUPUI) (Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2009). She has expertise in bilingual/multicultural special education and applies her skills in working with Latinx immigrant families of children with dis/abilities in family-centered and -driven projects. Her scholarship focuses on the ways community-engaged partnerships with families and other stakeholders can transform inequitable practices impacting youth with dis/abilities at the intersections of race, language, and other identity markers of difference.

She is one of the Editors for the journal Multiple Voices: Disability, Race, and Language Intersections in Special Education, the AERA SIG Program Chair for Spirituality and Education and a Board Member of IN*SOURCE (Indiana Resource Center for Families with Special Needs). Her scholarship has been nationally recognized through The Ernest A. Lynton Scholarship of Engagement Award (2019) and AERA’s award for Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research (2019).

Selected publications include: Co-investigation and co-education in ‘Family as Faculty’ approaches: A repositioning of power (2021), Examining preservice special education teachers’ biases and evolving understandings about families through a Family as Faculty approach (2020), and Models of School-Family Relations (with Dr. Brandon Sherman) (2020).

Paula Magee

Paula Magee

PhD, Co-Primary Investigator

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Paula Magee is a Clinical Professor of Science Education in the School of Education at IUPUI. A Brooklyn, NY native and resident, until coming to Indianapolis in 1992, she earned her PhD in Physical Chemistry from The Graduate School at the City University of New York (1992). Following a postdoctoral appointment at Eli Lilly & Company, where she used nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography to research the structure and function of drug molecules, she turned to teaching and earned her teaching certification in secondary science (chemistry, earth space science and technology) from IUPUI.

While on the faculty at the School of Education her work has focused on using inquiry and culturally relevant pedagogies to prepare preservice teachers to teach in K-12 classrooms. She recently co-authored a book chapter in the Handbook for Research in STEM education exploring the history of culturally relevant pedagogy in STEM classrooms (2020). Her work with in-service teachers has centered around the role of mentoring in the supervision process and exploring culturally relevant pedagogies in practice.

Currently, she is the coordinator of the Alternative Certification Programs in the School of Education. She works closely with school districts in Marion County and develops partnerships to recruit employees to initial licensure programs. Alternative certification programs have been shown to be an excellent way to diversify the teaching staff by breaking down systemic barriers in teacher education pathways to licensure. Dr. Magee is committed to equitable and anti-racist education in classrooms and in teacher preparation pathways.

Ted Hall

Ted Hall

PhD

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Dr. Ted Hall is an Associate Professor of Education at Martin University. Dr. Hall’s scholarly interests span instructional design, critical pedagogy, and community-based inquiry methodologies, which has involved extensive field research and teaching in West Africa, China, and the Americas. Dr. Hall serves as a Co-PI and consultant on the project.

Brooke Moreland

Brooke Moreland

Associate Director and Project Manager

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Brooke Moreland currently works as a higher education administrator at the Indiana University School of Education- IUPUI. She serves as the Associate Director and Project Manager for the Digital Education Hub (DEH) for Rigorous Remote Learning with Communities as part of the Federal CARES Act response through the Indiana Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund and the Indiana Department of Education. In this role, she leads the instructional design and research efforts of online professional development modules for educators utilizing the principles of adult learning, critical race theory, and sociocultural learning theories to address the needs of Pre-K-12 learners during the pandemic.

Student advocacy and understanding how organizational change and policy impacts high risk populations is her research interest. She believes there is no way to serve as a competent leader without understanding the people who you serve and how your leadership decisions impact the lives of those at lower levels of multi-layered governing structures. Brooke is an alum of Butler University, the Indiana University-Bloomington Higher Education & Student Affairs (HESA) program and an alum of the Harvard University Advanced Educational Leadership program.

Amy Waechter-Versaw

PhD, Assistant Director for Teacher Learning & School Partnerships

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Dr. Amy Waechter-Versaw has been an educator for 20 years. Her experiences include classroom teacher, administrator, coach & mentor, whole school improvement consultant, and educational grant leadership. She designs, facilitates and manages teacher professional learning and school partnerships for the Digital Education Hub (DEH), focusing on equitable and inclusive digital teaching and learning. Amy got her B.S. from Indiana University and her M.Ed. and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research and work interests are: within-school trust among teachers and school leaders, equitable and inclusive teaching and learning, teacher professional learning, and whole school improvement.

Craig Willey

PhD, Instructional Designer

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Dr. Craig Willey was a bilingual middle school math teacher in Denver Public Schools and is currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education and Teacher Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, as well as the department chair of Urban Teacher Education. His research focuses on 1) teachers’ design and implementation of mathematics discourse communities with urban students, primarily Latinas/os; 2) the ways teachers mine and leverage children’s community and cultural knowledge to make sense of math; 3) the development and incorporation of curricular features that provide bilingual learners better access to mathematical ideas and opportunities to engage meaningfully; and 4) the limitations and affordances of a school-university partnership model of urban teacher development. Dr. Willey is PI on the NSF-funded project, Teacher Collaborative for Culturally Relevant Mathematics and Science Curriculum (CR-MASC) and Associate Editor of the Journal of Educational Supervision.

Ryan Murray

Teacher Engagement Specialist

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Ryan Murray currently works as a Teacher Engagement Specialist across multiple projects for the Digital Education Hub. Having worked in schools across Central Indiana, he has experience as a teacher, administrator, and equity coach. Ryan earned his B.S. in Marketing from Indiana State University, Post-Baccalaureate in Education from IUPUI, and M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Indiana University. His work largely revolves around the creation and implementation of professional development grounded in equity and inclusion for teachers and administrators throughout Indiana.

Derrick Slack

Teacher Engagement Specialist

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I am Derrick Slack, Online Teacher Engagement Specialist. I received a BA from Indiana University, Master’s from Marian University, and currently pursuing an Education Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Marian. I was a 6-12 Social Studies teacher for over 20 years, working in New York City, Jersey City, Indianapolis, and Ghana, West Africa. I love to interact with diverse groups and learning new things through travel, having gone to over 30 countries. I am a motivational speaker, poet, and published author of nine books, most recently a children’s book about Diversity, Inclusion, and the Power of Words, called “Orange.” I have three daughters and have been married to my wife for 13 years.

Alexandria Fox

Instructional Designer

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Alexandria Fox is an Instructional Designer for the Digital Education Hub Well Rounded Course Access project. In this role, she provides support and guidance to faculty in both individual and group settings regarding instructional support and pedagogical practice for online courses.

Alexandria received her masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education from University of Colorado – Denver. Throughout her career in education, she has worked to support the creation of inclusive educational experiences for students from diverse backgrounds and reduce barriers to achievement in education. This can be seen in her dedication to incorporating elements of Universal Design for Learning and Transparency in Learning and Teaching into online courses, and presenting about and publishing papers on scaffolding approaches in online courses. In addition, she has in-depth knowledge of learning theories, instructional design methodology, and ability to effectively use technology in online courses.

Kelly Russo

Instructional Designer

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Kelly Russo is an instructional designer for the Digital Education Hub for Rigorous Remote Learning with Communities. Kelly received her B.S. in Secondary English Education in 2012 from IUPUI School of Education. She earned her Masters in Education with a focus in Urban Education in 2020 from IUPUI School of Education. She has been an educator for 10 years in Indianapolis, focusing on Language Arts and Reading. Kelly has experience as a blended learning leader, a department chair, a union representative, a student group sponsor, and many other positions that encouraged and represented educators and students.

Student Staff

Students in undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs are engaging in this important work to ensure that all of the pieces come together. Through a signature pedagogies approach, our students are learning essential practices to become educators and researchers advocating for equity and inclusion for all children in education.

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