Sakeena Everett, Ph.D.


Dr. Sakeena Everett is an assistant professor of language and literacy education in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. She is a native New Yorker (Brooklyn), avid literacy advocate, and expert in urban education, teacher education, and literacy education. Her research and teaching focus on the literacy development of Black male students in elementary and secondary schools; literacy teacher preparation; culturally sustaining pedagogies; critical perspectives in education; and transformative educational experiences for students and teachers. Dr. Everett has taught elementary and secondary students, prepared prospective teachers, and provided professional development for in-service educators across multiple school districts in the U.S., including the nation’s largest urban school districts in Chicago, Detroit, and Houston. Furthermore, Dr. Everett designed and implemented a consequential literacy pedagogy that centered the writing and educational experiences of academically high-achieving Black male high school students; this research received national recognition, including the 2016 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She also received the 2019 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Alan C. Purves Award, which acknowledges an article from the previous volume of Research in the Teaching of English (RTE) that is most likely to have an impact on educational practice.

Areas of Expertise

  • Justice-oriented education
  • Elementary and secondary literacy pedagogies
  • Humanizing & decolonizing research methodologies
  • Urban education and teacher preparation


  • Black male students
  • Writing development
  • Consequential literacy pedagogies
  • Graduate student scholarly development

Academic Affiliations


  •  Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Education
    Michigan State University
  •  B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies
    Cornell University
  •  B.A. in Sociology (Education & Inequality Studies)
    Cornell University