Angie Gascho Earned An EdD in Organizational Leadership

Angie Gascho Earned An EdD in Organizational Leadership

Angie Gascho has earned an EdD in Organizational Leadership through the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. Dr. Gascho’s dissertation “Reconstructing The Literary Canon: An Innovation Study”  focuses on diversifying the canon and teaching through the lens of critical race theory in order to provide equity and access to all students. The research and study focused on identifying the reasons the canon continues to be taught, the advantages of employing culturally relevant pedagogy and critical race theory pedagogy, and conducting a gap analysis to construct a plan to implement change.

When asked why she had become interested in this program, Dr. Gascho shared, “I initially became a teacher because of a deeply instilled desire for social justice.  I wanted to affect change in the world and felt teaching was a way I could do that. Growing up I continually witnessed different people being marginalized because they were perceived as “different,” but to me, we simply did not know their stories.  After years in the classroom, I have come to understand that in order to honor all voices, stories, and identities of every human being, there is deep systemic change that must take place. But I also understood that in order to affect real systemic change, I needed more knowledge.  I needed knowledge not just on what the problems were, but on how to approach solving those problems within the complexity of the educational system and organizations in general. My hope is with this knowledge I can help make substantial changes beyond the scope of my classroom that help all students to achieve their fullest potential as human beings.”