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McNair Scholar 2013Jade Beauclair

Jade Beauclair is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in Youth Studies and minoring in Teaching English as a Second Language. Her research interests are in urban education and Education Policy, specifically in work regarding educational access including standardized testing. Ms. Beauclair intends to obtain a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership.

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My dream is to use a doctorate in education policy to contribute to a fairer system by which all students can access high quality education. I will advocate for a system where student achievement outcomes are measured fairly and in a manner that is sensitive to culture and learning style.

Research project

Laboratory for Justice: A Contextual Analysis of Legal Experimentation and Pedagogy at Howard University Law School, 1929-1954

Abstract: Of the two dozen lawyers victorious in the Brown V. Board of Education case, only two had not been touched by Charles Houston and Howard University Law School. Claims of Howard Law School being a legal laboratory of experimentation with law have been made by scholars of Houston and Howard Law, Houston's protégés, and Charles Houston himself. Our research centered on finding legitimacy for the claim – if there was any – by conducting a Case Study of Howard Law School and utilizing purposeful sampling of primary, secondary, and tertiary sources on Howard, Houston, and experimentation in the law and sciences. Our preliminary conclusions include a contextual analysis of Howard within the Progressive movement and a snapshot of Charles Houston not only as the transformative agent whose focus on the advancement of civil rights for African Americans made the Brown victory possible, but also as a transfer agent whose experimentation with the law was the legacy of decades of paradigm shifts in legal study toward the law school becoming the laboratory of legal experimentation. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Dr. Robert Poch is currently a Senior Fellow in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Poch received a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Virginia. Dr. Poch is most enthusiastic about research that allows him to intersect his three primary interest areas: history, pedagogy, and public policy. Some of Dr. Poch's most recent awards and honors include: the Resolution Honorary Distinguished Service award from the Minnesota Higher Education Services council (2003) and a Service Award from the Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators (2003).