Dr. Folashade Cromwell Solomon received her Ed.D. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently a tenure line Assistant Professor at Framingham State University and a principal investigator at TERC. Folashade is drawing upon her experience as a third-grade teacher, researcher, and lifelong performing artist to explore the ways in which effective out-of-school learning environments in the arts support youth of color in building strong academic identities. She is also concerned with teacher development by helping teachers design instructional approaches that a) identify and build on students’ intellectual strengths, and b) take account of issues of race, class, gender, and other positionalities in relationship to subject matter learning and teaching.