Adeyemi Stembridge, PhD is an educational consultant specializing in equity-focused school-improvement. He is a coach and thought-partner to teachers and administrators with a particular interest in the design of culturally responsive systems and learning experiences for students. Prior to his current role, Dr. Stembridge was the Director of the Center for Strategic Solutions at the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (Metro Center) in New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. At the Metro Center, he worked directly with school districts across the country to develop strategies for closing achievement gaps and improving systems for equitable outcomes.
Before coming to the Metro Center, Dr. Stembridge was a Senior Research Associate at the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST) at Teachers College, Columbia University. His work at NCREST largely involved research and development in a network of schools designed to improve college readiness outcomes of students.
Dr. Stembridge formerly taught English at an alternative school (grades 7-11) for students who had been expelled and suspended long-term from Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia public schools. He has also served as Director of the Collaborative for Urban Education Research and Development at American University in Washington, DC, an initiative which coordinated school-reform partnerships with university faculty, community-based organizations, and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).
Dr. Stembridge holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from the School of Education, Teaching, and Health at American University, a Master of Arts degree from Old Dominion University in Literature, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Norfolk State University in English.
His hometown is the Bronx, New York.