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Urban Education Faculty - Lizette Burks

Lizette Burks

Assistant Professor

Office: C-440

​Dr. Lizette Burks is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Urban Education at the University of Houston-Downtown where she brings years of experience as a core content classroom teacher and leader at the district, state, and national levels to her courses.

She led statewide implementation efforts of the newly adopted Next Generation Science Standards for the Kansas Department of Education as the State Science Content Supervisor. Dr. Burks recently concluded working on a grant with the University of Arkansas as a founding director and graduate faculty member developing the Master of Education in Educational Equity graduate degree program striving to increase educational equity in Arkansas by preparing and supporting PK-12 teacher leaders in under resourced districts.

Dr. Burks has joined the University of Houston-Downtown to develop an innovative master's degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Burks' developing lines of research are motivated by learning English as a second language as a child, and later, committing to making learning more equitable for students from historically under resourced communities. Her research interests focus on issues to improve equitable access to high quality opportunities for all students, supporting school leaders to enact more socially just practices, and equity focused innovations in STEM education.​

​B.S. Biology, Texas Tech University

M.S. Teaching, Emporia State University

Ed.D. Curriculum & Instruction, University of Kansas

​EDL 5320 Family, School, & Community Engagement

EDL 5330 School Law & Ethics

​Burks, L. (2020). Using Arts Education in STEM with the Science and Engineering Practice of Developing and Using Models. In K. Thomas & D. Huffman (Eds.), Challenges and Opportunities for Transforming from STEM to STEAM Education. Hershey, PA: IGI Global

Burks, L., & Huffman, D. (2019). Critical thinking and developing and using models in STEM education. In S. Robinson & V. Knight (Eds.), Teacher education pedagogy and the importance of critical thinking and conceptualization. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

​National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Standards Committee Co-Chair

Council of State Science Supervisors: President Recognition Award

Kansas Commissioner of Education: Program Leadership Recognition Award

Research and Practice Collaboratory Fellow

University of Kansas: Doctoral Dissertation Honors​

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