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White Appointed to U.S. Department of Education Advisory Committee

CEHHS Faculty Member to Provide Recommendations Regarding Educational Needs in Appalachia

Rachel White, an assistant professor in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS) will serve as a member of Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) for Appalachia for the U.S. Department of Education. Her term will begin immediately.

Photo portrait of Rachel White. She has fair skin and shoulder-length blond hair. She is wearing a light blue shirt and is posed in front of a dark background.

Rachel S. White

During her term on the committee, White will provide advice and recommendations concerning educational needs in the Appalachian region and how the needs can be most effectively addressed. The Appalachian Region RAC covers Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. It is one of 10 regional committees established by U.S. Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona.

After six months, each RAC will submit a report to Secretary Cardona who will then establish priorities for the comprehensive centers to address, taking into account these regional assessments and other relevant regional surveys of education needs.

White’s scholarly research focuses on power and voice in education policy and implementation processes. Her scholarship has been featured in nearly 30 academic publications as well as  Education Week and The Conversation. In addition, White has an extensive background in education at the local and state levels, serving as a school board member and as an analyst for a statewide superintendent association where she interviewed and surveyed policymakers, teachers, and school administrators.

“I’m honored to have been selected to serve in this capacity where I can share my professional experience and research expertise in order to improve the educational experiences of students in Appalachia,” said White. “I’m eager to seek out, hear, and elevate the voices of students, educators, and education stakeholders in the region.”

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