Profile: Tracey A Benson
In his fifteen years in public education, Tracey Benson has served in many different roles at every level of the K-12 continuum. As an elementary school teacher, middle school vice principal, professional development specialist at the district-level, and high school principal, he continues his journey towards leading for equity and social justice. Having served in Texas,North Carolina, Florida, and Massachusetts, he has had the opportunity to work with powerful change agents and deepen his understanding of the complexity of addressing structural racism and racial oppression embedded in our system of public education.
Dr. Tracey A. Benson is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He received his doctorate in Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Masters of School Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has served as a principal coach, high school principal, middle school vice-principal, district trainer, proficiency specialist, and elementary school teacher. His research explores the vestiges of structural racism in K-12 education that continue to impede the academic success of students of color. His book, Unconscious Bias in Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism, was released with Harvard Education Press in August 2019. Dr. Benson and his co-author Sarah Fiarman wrote this book as a roadmap for school and district leaders who seek to eliminate racial achievement gaps through rooting out and addressing racial bias in schools.
Dr. Benson firmly believes student achievement, teacher efficacy, and school success is contingent upon high quality, equity-focused school and district leaders. He has committed his career to leading for change, courageously addressing entrenched practices that impede lifetime outcomes of students of color, and coaching education leaders to lead for racial equity through implementing anti-racist practices, policies, and curriculum in K – 12 schools.