P-12 Research Associate
As a research associate for the P-12 research team, Davis conducts primary and secondary research that will inform discussion and debate among education decision-makers at the national, state, and local levels, ensuring that Ed Trust’s practice and policy work is driven by the most current education research.
Before joining Ed Trust, Davis worked as a research associate at Howard University’s Capstone Institute, a research, development, and technical assistance center that prioritizes urban and ethnically diverse schools, districts, and communities. In this role, he collected and analyzed data surrounding teaching effectiveness, professional development interventions for teachers, and math interventions for students deemed to be at risk. Davis has presented at conferences across the nation on topics regarding minority and low-income student achievement. He has also published research findings on cultural identity for African-American students at an HBCU and issues of mattering and belonging for elementary students.
A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Davis completed his master’s and doctoral work in developmental psychology at Howard University. He holds a bachelor’s in psychology from North Carolina Central University.
What drew you to education?
My mom was a school psychologist, so I saw through her eyes what education looks like for those who most need a champion. Coming from a family full of educators, I came to share the belief that obtaining a quality education is crucial to controlling one’s own destiny.
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
I am passionate about working at Ed Trust because here we have the opportunity and responsibility to shape major conversations about education for those who are most vulnerable to being marginalized and voiceless in this society. That responsibility speaks to me tremendously.