Olatokunbo (Toks) S. Fashola, Ph.D.
Keynote Speaker, 2020 NEean Fall Forum
Desirable Changes toward Equitable Outcomes
Opening Keynote Presentation, November 5
The purpose of Higher Education guides the roles to which instructors strive. Those noble purposes also reveal moments when ideals are not achieved. Within the teaching role, a range of learning assessment tools are useful to make visible when ideals are not achieved, assessment evidence points to ways to adjust teaching, or institutional supports to improve our striving. Some tools provide evidence to assert students did achieve the intended learning. For students, these assessment tools reveal their learning needs, increase their awareness of progress, and in some cases, assessment tools can create learning.
Dr. Fashola is the Faculty Coordinator for American University’s Dual Enrollment program, and the Principal Investigator for two Career and Technical Education grants with DC Public Schools. She is also currently the lead evaluator for the Center for Stem Education and Research (CSER) center, and she serves on the evaluation team for the National Science Foundation’s LSAMP center at Chicago State University, and on the Lincoln LEAPS project, also funded by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Fashola has over 25 publications and several books, including Show Me the Evidence! Proven and Promising Programs for American Schools, and Educating African American Males: Voices From the Field. She has evaluated STEM projects and educational programs for the NSF, NIH, National Academy of Sciences, among others, and has more than two decades of experience and research in culturally responsive evaluation and assessment, STEM in underrepresented students, and educating African-American males.