Dr. Ruanda Garth-McCullough

Dr. Ruanda Garth-McCullough is Associate Director, Teaching and Learning at Achieving the Dream, Inc. In this role, Ruanda manages various programs and projects designed to build institutional capacity and student-focused college cultures. She collaborates with staff across the organization and sectors to support the strategic direction and implementation of teaching and learning services for the Network colleges’ student success agendas. 

Ruanda comes to ATD from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) where she managed centennial program initiatives that included a multi-city National lecture series that brought educational research to the forefront of pressing community issues. Prior to her role with AERA, she served as the interim Chief Academic Officer at Young Women’s Leadership Charter School in Chicago, Illinois where she directed the school’s academic turnaround efforts.  Before she joined the administration at the high school, Ruanda spent more than a decade at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education, serving as a Professor in the Teaching and Learning Department. She taught graduate courses in curriculum development, classroom assessment, sociology of education, urban, and multicultural education and presented at national and international conferences on the importance of culturally relevant teaching and learning. She also founded SUCCEED Consulting, Inc. in 1999, where she evaluated educational programs that served public school students.

Ruanda earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Education from University of Chicago, and a B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University.

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