Dr. Jason Javier-Watson is a postdoctoral fellow in the Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC) in the Human Development and Quantitative Methods Division at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. REC, led by Dr. Howard Stevenson, centers on cultural pride, coping and parenting, culturally specific parenting strategies, and other ways of reducing race-related stress. Dr. Javier-Watson received his doctorate from the Reading/Writing/Literacy Division at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in 2016. Dr. Javier-Watson’s work at REC involves facilitating trainings and interventions, as well as conducting research on increasing school-based practitioners’ racial literacy.
Before becoming a university researcher, Dr. Javier-Watson taught in the Philadelphia public schools for seven years. After completing his doctoral coursework in 2014, he served as the founding dean of students and principal fellow at a charter elementary school in Camden, New Jersey. Since 2009, Dr. Javier-Watson has been a Teacher Consultant for the Philadelphia Writing Project and is committed to the belief that practitioners’ knowledge is vital for creating more equitable educational environments for all students.