ABOUT DR. ASHANTI

Visionary Leader, bridge builder and National Board Certified Teacher with a Doctorate and various specialty certifications, coupled with 15 years of experience instructing elementary, secondary and post-secondary education teachers and students, securing resources, and implementing effective programs on the local, state and national levels.

 

 

Dr. Ashanti Bryant is the academic dean and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) coordinator in Prince George’s County. She is an AVID national staff developer, presenter, and author. Foster received her primary and secondary education in Prince George’s County before becoming an honors student at Morgan State University. There she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and served in various leadership roles, including Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Inc., President in marching band. She then went Bowie State University for her Master’s Degree in secondary education while beginning her career as a Prince George’s County educator.

 

Foster served as a middle school reading language arts teacher, then AVID Elective teacher for eleven years and achieved National Board Certification in 2010. After becoming academic dean in 2012, she earned her terminal degree in education with a concentration in educational leadership from Argosy University. Her passion for community leadership shows in her roles as Girl Scout troop leader, Cub Scout den leader, National Council of Negro Women youth advisor, and Parent Teacher Association officer: roles that allow her to foster visions for success for all.

 

When not engaged in serving, teaching, learning, and leading, she enjoys dancing, hosting game nights, and traveling. She is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden and mother of six children. She is currently writing her first book about a classroom teacher’s experiences, challenges, disappointments, and triumphs while climbing the professional educator ladder of success.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

School Administrator

  • Work with Principal, team curriculum and talent development to plan the most effective instructional schedule;

  • Work with the principal to regularly analyze school wide data, plan interventions and adjustments; 

  • Manage the interim assessment process to ensure that teachers are using data to drive instruction; 

  • Design and monitor high-impact interventions for struggling students; 

  • Provide hands-on coaching to a portfolio of teachers and help them master effective instruction; 

  • Work towards reaching ambitious targets for school wide levels of proficiency/mastery; 

  • Observe lessons and provide targeted and actionable feedback to teachers; 

 

ASCD Emerging Leader

  • Become part of a select pool of educators with exclusive access to opportunities to expand their professional reach.

  • Be encouraged to share news and updates with ASCD staff. 

  • Connect with local affiliate leadership and support student chapter chartering.

  • Participate in Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA), Annual Conference, and the L2L Conference.

  • Dialogue and share resources with the Young Professional Leaders group on ASCD EDge® social networking platform.

 

Advancement Via Individual Determination National Staff Developer

  • Exhibit effective experience leading AVID professional development for adult learners; 

  • Exemplify strong site team leadership while facilitating site team meetings;

  • Represent locally, regionally and in the Mid Atlantic States Division as a Critical Reading trainer;

  • Serve as Prince George’s County Public Schools only national staff developer;

  • Facilitate nationwide 3-day Summer Institutes using the adult learning strategies for over 500 educators;

  • Provide training on the national level as needed for AVID Center while traveling to sites as a consultant;

  • Implement coaching model to motivate and inspire adult learners throughout certification phases. 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

  • Ed.D, Educational Leadership K-12, Argosy University, Arlington, VA – December 2014

  • Professional Teaching Standards Cert., George Washington University, Washington, DC – June 2009

  • M.Ed., Secondary Education (Curriculum Specialist), Bowie State University, Bowie, MD – May 2007

  • B.S., Teacher Education (Elementary Education), Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD – May 2000

 

 

CERTIFICATIONS & ENDORSEMENTS

 

  • State of Maryland Advanced Professional Teacher Certification K-8, through 2016

  • Maryland State Department of Education, Aspiring Principal's Institute, 2014

  • Harvard University Graduate School of Education Instructional Rounds Certification, 2013

  • Advancement Via Individual Determination Critical Reading and Tutorology Trainer Certification, 2010

  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (English Language Arts, AYA), 2010