SPHERE Founding Director
Adrienne Goss is assistant professor of education and social policy at Rhode Island College. Before relocating to Rhode Island, she was assistant professor and director of teacher education at Ohio Northern University. She has experience as a policy researcher, classroom teacher and director/coordinator of multiple programs for youth in school and out-of-school spaces. Goss graduated from Georgia State University with a Ph.D. in educational policy studies.
SPHERE Panel of Advisors
Paige Clausius-Parks is responsible for policy analysis, advocacy, research and project management in areas related to education and economic well-being. Prior to joining Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Paige served as director of advancement; assistant director at Books are Wings; network director at Youth in Action; teacher/advisor at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center; and program coordinator at Youth Pride, Inc. Clausius-Parks earned at B.A. at Providence College and an M.Ed. at Harvard University.
O’Sha Williams is an education policy advocate originally from Jamaica, Queens, New York. She is currently a fellow in the Office of the Governor developing education policy. Prior to this role, Williams was a high school English teacher for multilingual learners in the Providence Public Schools. Williams collaborates with grassroots organizations and district and state-level leadership in pursuit of lasting and transformational change. She earned an M.A. in urban education policy at Brown University an M.Ed. at Rhode Island College.
Raymond Neirinckx has been coordinator for the State of Rhode Island Housing Resources Commission for 20 years. Neirinckx is very interested in the intersectionality of education and housing/community. He earned an M.A. in community economic development and a B.A. in sociology.
SPHERE 2020-2021 Faculty Fellow
Corinne McKamey is associate professor in RIC's Department of Educational Studies and founding co-director of RIC's B.A. in youth development program. She has been an afterschool youth worker, classroom teacher and charter school authorizer. Her research interest is in understanding the perspectives of young people in afterschool programs, out-of-school time settings and college programs. Her research has focused on youth work, qualitative research and the ways marginalized young people talk about educational care, science/engineering and sex education. McKamey’s current research examines conditions that attract and retain students of color within an undergraduate community education program.
SPHERE 2019-2020 Faculty Fellows
Kalina Brabeck is a licensed psychologist and professor of mental health counseling in RIC's Department of Counseling, Educational Leadership and School Psychology. She is also an affiliated faculty member at the Center for Human Rights & International Justice at Boston College. Her research explores the intersections within socio-structural inequities (e.g., unauthorized immigration status, discrimination), trauma and mental health. For the past 10 years, with funding from the Foundation for Child Development and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, her research has specifically focused on how immigration policies and enforcement affect the wellbeing of Latinx immigrant children, families and communities. She has collaborated with several community partners, including Progreso Latino, the Latino Policy Institute, Sojourner House, the Roger Williams Immigration Law Clinic and the school districts of Providence and Central Falls. She is particularly interested in policies related to immigration and school mental health.
Janet Johnson is professor of secondary education and site director of the Rhode Island Writing Project at Rhode Island College. She teaches courses in English education, gender and women’s studies, teacher research and qualitative inquiry. With extensive experience working in schools as a researcher and supervisor of teacher candidates, she has engaged in qualitative studies on the intersections of critical literacy, social justice and yoga in schools. Johnson’s current research and policy work investigates recruiting and retaining educators of color and using critical literacies and contemplative practices in the service of teacher empowerment and activism. Her most recent publication is a co-edited volume published by SUNY Press called "Stories of School Yoga: Narratives from the Field."
SPHERE Graduate Assistant
Jordann Plante is earning her M.A. in counseling and C.A.G.S. in school psychology at Rhode Island College. She earned her B.S. in psychology at the University of Rhode Island. She intends to become a school psychologist after graduation.