faculty spotlight

annahita ball.
“I think, fundamentally, that education is a right all kids have.”

A large number of our youth do not receive the education that they deserve, despite public education’s prominence as one of the largest social welfare institutions in the United States. I primarily examine the ways that communities, with schools at the center, organize to provide equitable education. Partnerships among schools, families, and communities have the potential to positively impact children and families. My research includes studying the roles and responsibilities of teachers, parents, community providers, and the private sector in supporting expanded school improvement and student wellness initiatives. In addition, I am interested in the ways that educational policies guide and structure school social work practice. I think, fundamentally, that education is a right all kids have. Overall, I am passionate about the potential for public education to provide all children with the opportunity to be successful, healthy, and engaged participants in our world.