Randolph Carter | Director
Mr. Carter is a Fellow in the Harvard University School Leadership Program, Graduate School of Education, where he received a Masters Degree in Education with a school leadership qualification. He is a doctoral student in the School of Education Leadership and Change at Fielding University. He was a middle school reading specialist, a school administrator and a national association staff member.
Mr. Carter directs East Ed’s work with public school districts and independent schools across the country.
Diversity Responsive Pedagogy is the core philosophy and approach East Ed promotes through student conferences, job fairs, professional development, and parent education.
He has also served on numerous school boards. Mr. Carter is a board member of Fielding Graduate University, and the Institute for Community Enrichment. He is a member of the Education Committee of the New Press. His publications include peer-reviewed articles and book reviews published in national journals.
Elizabeth Denevi, PhD | Associate Director
Elizabeth is the Associate Director for Mid West Educational Collaborative, a non-profit agency that works with schools nationally to increase equity, promote diversity pedagogy, and implement strategic processes for growth and development. Previously, she served as Director of Studies & Professional Development at Latin School of Chicago. In this position, Elizabeth was responsible for the stewardship and integration of curriculum from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, as well as for the oversight and coordination of professional development and evaluation for all faculty. She was also a member of the Diversity Council, an all-school strategic implementation group for culturally responsive teaching and learning, as well as a co-leader of the School’s accreditation team.
At Georgetown Day School (DC) she served as the Co-Director of Diversity and a senior administrator for 10 years. In her role she designed and implemented curriculum and programming for the entire school community. Elizabeth also worked at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School (VA) to create a comprehensive professional development program.
She has taught English and history at a number of schools including Castilleja School (CA), San Francisco University High School (CA), and Vail Mountain School (CO). Elizabeth has published and presented extensively on diversity and academic excellence, social justice, and equity issues. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of London, Institute of Education, a master’s from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.
Shanti Elliott. PhD | Associate
Shanti is a multicultural educator with a 25-year history of designing education for a complex and changing world. Her work in educational equity includes professional development and teaching focused on leadership, civic education, and relationship building across differences of race, class, culture, and politics. Shanti combines research-based strategies with experiential learning in workshops and classes in school, community, and university settings.
For the past 12 years, Shanti has served as Director of Civic Engagement at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago. She also teaches in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University and co-leads the Teachers’ Inquiry Project. This work involves diverse partnerships and collaborations, from the US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange, to the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants, to education activist coalitions. Shanti holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from U.C. Berkeley, with an emphasis on Russian and Arabic literatures. She has written for a wide range of publications, from Folklore Forum to Schools Journal. Her book, Teaching and learning on the verge: Democratic education in action, was published by Teachers College Press in 2015. Shanti’s current research is on comparative international civic education.
Jenna Chandler-Ward | Associate
Jenna Chandler-Ward is an educator and racial justice advocate who has worked in education and nonprofits for more than twenty years, including organizing cultural preservation programs in immigrant communities, violence prevention work in schools, and teaching at every level from Kindergarten to College. Jenna is a founder and co-director the Multicultural Teaching Institute, that provides workshops and an annual conference for teachers to discuss issues of race and gender in education. She is also the co-founder of Teaching While White, a podcast and blog series that focuses on race in education. Jenna continues to teach part-time and consults with non-profits, schools, colleges, and Universities on issues of equity in education. She holds a BA in Sociology and Theatre from Marlboro College and an M.Ed. from Pepperdine University
Ken C. Garcia-Gonzales | Associate
Ken is an educator, consultant, administrator and classroom teacher, originally from the Bay Area in California. He has over twenty years of experience in public, private and international schools, as well as in the non-profit sector, including fifteen years as a classroom teacher, all with an emphasis in diversity, equity and inclusion.
He started his career as a teacher in the Ethnic Studies Department at Berkeley High School, where he also taught World, U.S., and Asian American History. As a Master Teacher in the department he was responsible for curriculum development and also served as a mentor teacher responsible for the coaching and supervision of student teachers from San Francisco State University’s Credentialing Program. For the last ten years he has been an administrator and teacher in independent schools. He was Dean of Multicultural Life at the Urban School of San Francisco and spearheaded and developed their Identity and Ethnic Studies Program. He also taught Asian American History and taught in and developed curricula for Urban’s award-winning Service Learning Program. Ken was most recently the lead administrator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools where one of his primary responsibilities included the development and delivery of teacher professional development for primary through high school faculty.
Ken has also lived and worked in Japan where he taught both high school and adult students. He also has experience in the non-profit sector working as Project Manager for School Services for KQED Public Broadcasting, San Francisco and oversaw the development of curricular, instructional, and web-based content for over forty films in the PBS pipeline, including national work on Ken Burns’ The War and the re-release of Eyes on the Prize. He holds a B.A. in American Studies with a concentration in Ethnic Studies, an MA in Teaching with an emphasis in Critical Literacy, and a California and Illinois Teaching Credential in Social Studies. He is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, a father of three, and is based out of Chicago, Illinois.