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Ann M. Ishimaru
Biographical Information

Dr. Ann M. Ishimaru is an Associate Professor of Educational Policy, Organizations, and Leadership at the College of Education at the University of Washington. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of leadership, school-community relationships, and educational justice in P-12 systems. Her community-based research seeks to leverage the expertise and priorities of the students, families, and communities who have been least well served in these systems. She is a principal investigator of the Family Leadership Design Collaborative(with Dr. Megan Bang), a national-level participatory design-based research project aimed at re-centering nondominant families in racial equity efforts through the co-design of research, measures, and practice to transform educational systems. She is also a PI in a research-practice partnership with Seattle Public Schools and its teachers union examining racial equity teams as a catalyst for equitable instructional and organizational practices. She is the recipient of the 2017 AERA Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award and the 2016 UCEA Jack A. Culbertson Early Career Award. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Dr. Ishimaru was an environmental educator, middle and high school science teacher, and director of community-based organizations.