National Education Reform Leader Hired To Launch Morehouse Center for Excellence in Education

Date Released: November 25, 2019

Dr. Nina L. Gilbert, a national education reform leader, adjunct professor, and executive founder of Georgia’s first single-gender public charter school network, was recently hired to launch Morehouse College’s new Center for Excellence in Education.

As director of the Morehouse Center for Excellence in Education, Dr. Gilbert—who is also a faculty member—is working to develop a pipeline of world class K-12 practitioners, innovators, policy makers, leaders, and researchers who are equipped to transform and improve educational outcomes in urban communities. Through an interdisciplinary design, MCEE will allow students to customize their area of study by selecting the courses, programs, and activities that align with their career interests.

Gilbert brings her experience in advocacy and innovation to MCEE. The center is focused on social justice, educational excellence, equity, and ethical leadership.

Gilbert has more than 25 years of experience as an educator in Georgia district, charter, independent, and international schools, as well as in higher education. She is the former Senior Advisor on Education Reform for the Morehouse Research Institute and has served as an adjunct professor at Morehouse College and at Mercer University’s Tift College of Education.

Her grassroots movement in 2008 to provide equal access to free, quality educational options for children in the state’s largest school district regardless of their zip codes led to the establishment of a public school network whose existence become a test case for the Supreme Court of Georgia. A Constitutional Amendment was later passed in 2012 that supported the existence and funding of such schools and opened the door for greater school choice statewide.

Under Gilbert’s leadership, Ivy Preparatory Academy, a college prep school for girls grew from one school serving 150 students to a network of three schools in metro Atlanta that enrolled over 1,600 scholars. During her tenure, the flagship school became a state model of excellence, and was identified as a “Rewards School” for its consistent high performance.

Gilbert was then tapped to share her expertise on a national level as an education reform thought leader. She has advised nonprofits, federal agencies, and politicians on policy, program proposals, and other strategies to improve student performance in urban schools challenged by poverty and low expectations. She has developed community advocacy activities, and a host of programs and services that promote civic engagement and stakeholder collaboration for employees, parents, and students of K-12 schools.

Gilbert also serves as a consultant in the film and entertainment industry to ensure compliance with local, state, and Screen Actors Guild requirements that pertain to the education, safety, and the welfare of minor actors and entertainers. She has worked extensively as a studio educator and labor coordinator with Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, HBO, and Netflix.

Gilbert holds a doctorate in educational and organizational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Clark-Atlanta University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of West Georgia. She has received several national educational fellowships, including the Pahara-Aspen Fellowship, as well as a number of awards and recognitions. The Root named Gilbert as an “Education Class Act” in 2013. She received “Beauty of Education Award” from Maybelline in 2007, and was chosen as an Outstanding Georgia Citizen by the Secretary of State, the NAACP, and the Atlanta Business League, who honored her as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Atlanta.

Last Modified: November 26, 2019, 04:11 AM, by: H T

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