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Chance  Lewis

Chance Lewis

 School Turnaround Expert & Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Urban Education

Biography

Dr. Chance W. Lewis is the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Urban Education and former Provost Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Inclusion and Access at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Additionally, Dr. Lewis is the Executive Director of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte ’s Urban Education Collaborative which is publishing a new generation of research on improving urban schools. Read More >

Dr. Lewis received his B.S. and M.Ed. in Business Education and Education Administration/Supervision from Southern University i n Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Lewis completed his doctoral studies in Educational Leadership/Teacher Education from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Dr. Lewis currently teaches graduate courses in the field of Urban Education at the UNC Charlotte. His experiences span the range of K 12 and higher education. From 2006 2011, Dr. Lewis served as the Houston Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of Urban Education at Texas A&M University. In 2001 2006, he served as an assistant professor of teacher education at Colorado State University. During the 1994 1998, Dr. Lewis served as a Business Education teacher in East Baton Rouge Parish Schools (Baton Rouge, LA), where he earned Teacher of the Year honors in 1997.

Dr. Lewis has over 100 publications including 70+ refereed journal articles in the leading academic journals in the field of urban education. He has received over $7 million in external research funds. To date, Dr. Lewis has authored/co authored/co edited 30 books: White Teachers/Diverse Classrooms: A Guide for Building Inclusive Schools, Eliminating Racism and Promoting High Expectations ( 2006); The Dilemmas of Being an African American Male in the New Millennium ( 2008); An Educator s Guide to Working with African American Students: Strategies for Promoting Academic Success ( 2009); Transforming Teacher Education: What Went Wrong with Teacher Training and How We Can Fix It ( 2010); White Teachers/Diverse classrooms: Creating Inclusive schools, Building on Students’ Diversity and Providing True Educational Equity [2nd Ed.] ( 2011); Yes We Can!: Improving Urban Schools through Innovative Educational Reform (Information Age, 2011); African Americans in Urban Schools: Critical Issues and Solutions for Achievement (Peter Lang, 2012); Black Males in Postsecondary Education: Examining their Experiences in Diverse Institutional Contexts (Information Age, 2012); Improving Urban Schools: Equity and Access in K 16 STEM Education (Information Age, 2013); Black Male Teachers: Diversifying the United States’ Teacher Workforce (Emerald Publishing, 2013); An Educator’s Guide to Working with African American Students: Strategies for Promoting Academic Success [2nd Edition] (LEC Press, 2013); African American Male Students in PreK 12 Contexts: Implications for Research, Policy Practice ( 2014); Teacher Education Black Communities: Implications for Access, Equity and Achievement (Information Age, 2014); Autoethnography as a Lighthouse: Illuminating Race, Research and the Politics of Schooling (Information Age, 2015); Priorities of the Professoriate: Engaging Multiple Forms of Scholarship across Rural and Urban Institutions (Information Age, 2015); High School to College Research Studies (University Press of America, 2015); Reaching the Mountaintop of the Academy: Personal Narratives, Advice and Strategies from Black Distinguished and Endowed Professors (Information Age, 2015); An Educator’s Guide to Working with African American Students [3rd Edition] (LEC Press, 2016); B lack Female Teachers: Diversifying the United States’ Teacher Workforce ( 2017); Global Issues and Urban Schools: Str ategies to Effectively Teach Students in Urban Educational Environments around the Globe (Information Age, 2019); Community College Teacher Preparation for Diverse Geographies (Information Age, 2019); The Dilemmas of Being an African American Male in the New Millennium [2nd Ed.] (LEC Press, 2019); An Educator’s Guide to Working with African American Students: Strategies for Promoting Academic Success [4th Ed.] (LEC Press, 2019); Conquering Academia: Transparent Experiences of Diverse Female Doctoral Students (Information Age, 2019); Mentoring Strategies for African American Males: Single Mothers Tell their Stories (LEC Press, 2020); Reimagining School Discipline for the 21st Century Student: Engaging Students, Practitioners and Community Members (Information Age, 2021); Purposeful Teaching and Learning in Diverse Contexts: Implications for Access, Equity and Achievement (Information Age, 2022); Economic, Political and Legal Solutions to Critical Issues in Urban Education and Implications for Teacher Preparation (Information Age, 2022) and Un-silencing Youth Trauma: Transformative School-Based Strategies for Students Exposed to Violence & Adversity (Information Age, 2022).

Dr. Lewis has provided consultative services focused on school turnaround to over 100 school districts, universities, educational entities and other organizations across the United States and Canada. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

No More Excuses: Culturally Relevant Teaching Strategies That Improve Academic Achievement

Getting students engaged takes more than simply lecturing out of a textbook. It’s proven that students are more engaged and retain information better when you can connect the lessons to concepts they use in their daily lives. Read More >

In this presentation, Dr. Lewis will show your audience: Read Less ^

  • How to find and understand current trends and fads that your students are paying attention to (this alone will help your teachers connect more deeply with their students!)
  • How to incorporate these concepts into the lesson plans in a way that not only engages their students, but satisfies curriculum and teaching requirements
  • How to create their lessons in a way that feels authentic... NOT like they’re trying to “bribe” their students’ engagement with fun concepts

No More Excuses: Strategies for High Achievement for Boys of Color

“I don’t know what’s going on with these boys. We can’t reach them and they’re just becoming problem students.” Sound familiar? Many schools struggle to connect with boys of color and engage them in learning – and boys of color are almost always the population that leads low performance. Read More >

In this presentation, Dr. Lewis will show your audience: Read Less ^

  • How to truly understand the motivations of the boys in their classrooms – and understand what makes them act in a certain way in specific situations...
  • How to appropriately teach the boys in their classroom while also ensuring they don’t ignore the girls...
  • How to use boys’ natural personalities and predispositions as a teaching aid, rather than attempting to overcome them with stricter rules and punishments

No More Excuses: Strategies for Increasing Parent Involvement Now

It’s no secret that the more parents are involved, the more successful a school is. Whether it’s PTA meetings, parent classroom helpers, or opening the lines of communication between parent and teacher... parent involvement is directly related to the success of your school. But it’s not always that easy to get parents involved and connected. Until now. Read More >

In this presentation, Dr. Lewis will share: Read Less ^

  • The true effect that parental involvement has on each students’ ability to achieve success...
  • How to prepare for parental involvement – so when it does happen (with the strategies Dr. Lewis will share!)... your teachers are ready to capitalize on it the right way...
  • Strategies to implement right away that will increase parental involvement (in one school, Dr. Lewis’ strategy increased parental involvement by over 60% after just ONE event!)

No More Excuses School Transformation Program

This is your opportunity to have an in-depth, customized, school-specific program that will address your exact needs. You and Dr. Lewis will work together to create the very program you need to solve the problems you have... and work to getting your school turned around and back to performing at its best. Read More >

Whether you’re looking to solve problems with cultural relevance in the classroom, parental involvement, student leadership, or anything in between... when you work with Dr. Lewis, he’ll work with you one-on-one to develop the solutions you need. Read Less ^

Books & Media

Books

The Dilemmas of Being an African American Male in the New Millennium: Solutions for Life Transformation

White Teachers / Diverse Classrooms: Creating Inclusive Schools, Building on Students’ Diversity, and Providing True Educational Equity

Reimagining School Discipline for the 21st Century Student: Engaging Students, Practitioners, and Community Members (Contemporary Perspectives on Access, Equity, and Achievement)

An Educator's Guide to Working with African American Students: Strategies for Promoting Academic Achievement

Mentoring Strategies for African American Males: Single Mothers tell their Stories

Global Perspectives on Issues and Solutions in Urban Education (Contemporary Perspectives on Access, Equity, and Achievement)

Black Female Teachers: Diversifying the United States' Teacher Workforce (Advances in Race and Ethnicity in Education) (Advances in Race and Ethnicity in Education, 6)

Reaching the Mountaintop of the Academy: Personal Narratives, Advice and Strategies From Black Distinguished and Endowed Professors (Contemporary Perspectives on Access, Equity, and Achievement)

Autoethnography as a Lighthouse: Illuminating Race, Research, and the Politics of Schooling (Contemporary Perspectives on Access, Equity, and Achievement)

Black Male Teachers: Diversifying the United States' Teacher Workforce (Advances in Race and Ethnicity in Education) (Advances in Race and Ethnicity in Education, 1)

Black Males in Postsecondary Education: Examining their Experiences in Diverse Institutional Contexts (Contemporary Perspectives on Access, Equity, and Achievement)

High School to College Transition Research Studies

Priorities of the Professoriate: Engaging Multiple Forms of Scholarship Across Rural and Urban Institutions (Contemporary Perspectives on Access, Equity, and Achievement)

African American Male Students in PreK-12 Schools: Informing Research, Policy, and Practice (Advances in Race and Ethnicity in Education) (Advances in Race and Ethnicity in Education, 2)

Teacher Education and Black Communities: Implications for Access, Equity and Achievement (Contemporary Perspectives on Access, Equity, and Achievement)

Improving Urban Schools: Equity and Access in K-12 STEM Education (Contemporary Perspectives on Access, Equity, and Achievement)