Aisha Haynes

Director, Prepared To Teach

Aisha Haynes is a director on the Prepared To Teach team. She co-develops and supports research, reports, and briefs that are written by and with local partnerships in our National Learning Network. Aisha most recently supported a college access program where she worked to strengthen academic enrichment activities to provide students with an effective academic bridge from high school to college. This work is an extension of her research, which focuses on the experience of historically excluded communities navigating public institutions. Her current research falls into several areas of focus, including neoliberal or market reform, school gentrification, school leadership, critical race theory, and interest convergence. She looks forward to extending that research to examining these phenomena in other public spaces. Aisha’s work ultimately aims to bridge the gap between academic research and the experience of practitioners. In addition to her professional work, she serves as the director of communications of C.O.O.L. Kids, a non-profit organization committed to cultivating the next generation to become socially conscious leaders.

Aisha earned her master’s degree in teaching at Fordham University and obtained her bachelor’s degree in English literature at Villanova University. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from New York University.