Howard Fuller

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Founder and Director, Institute for the Transformation of Learning

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Howard Fuller is a civil rights activist, education reform advocate and academic. He is best known for the community organizing work he did in Durham, North Carolina as an employee of Operation Breakthrough, and as a co-founder of the Malcolm X Liberation University in 1969.

Fuller is a distinguished professor of education and founder and director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University. The Institute’s mission is to support exemplary education options that transform learning for children, while empowering families, particularly low-income families, to choose the best options for their children.

Fuller’s prior positions included superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, director of the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services, dean of general education at the Milwaukee Area Technical College, and secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Employment Relations.

Fuller has a B.S. in sociology from Carroll College, an M.S.A. in social administration from Western Reserve University, and a Ph.D. in sociological foundations of education from Marquette University. He is the chair of the board of Milwaukee Collegiate Academy and serves on the board of The Black Alliance for Educational Options, Milwaukee Region Board of Teach for America, Milwaukee Charter School Advocates and Education Cities. He is an advisory board member of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the National Association for Charter School Authorizers.

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Posted Sep. 18, 2017

We’re 42 Years Apart But Our Mission Is the Same: Change Education for the Black Community

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