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Nyla Bell

Nyla Bell

Nyla Bell

Senior Education Equity Specialist

As MAEC’s Senior Education Equity Specialist, Nyla provides consultation, training, evaluation services, and technical assistance to educators and policy-makers in schools, districts, and state departments of education seeking to advance racial, gender, cultural, and socioeconomic equity in their schools. Her work involves conducting district needs assessments/evaluations focused on equity; presenting at education conferences; serving on advisory committees related to equity; organizing and hosting webinars; facilitating trainings; and serving as a Community of Practice (CoP) host and organizer. 

With over 20 years of experience working at the intersections of equity, social justice, and public education, Nyla has devoted her life and career to educational justice as an adult educator, technical assistance provider, advocate, English teacher, scholar, and youth organizer. Her recent experiences working to advance equity and justice in education include teaching graduate courses on race and critical pedagogy to pre-service teachers; developing social justice curricula as a classroom teacher; and providing professional development on culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogy to in-service teachers. Her early experiences with equity work include testifying before Philadelphia’s superintendent on the poor condition of textbooks; serving as editor of a youth newsletter that covered topics like racial disproportionality in AP and honors classes; co-leading the work of establishing Penn State University’s first and only Africana Research Center; and organizing a first-of-its-kind Black Women Studies conference. Nyla is an alumna of and board member with the Philadelphia Student Union, and is a longtime member of the Free Minds, Free People (FMFP) Leadership Committee. She holds a Masters of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Philosophy degree with an interdisciplinary focus on social inequality, with honors in African and African American Studies and Women’s Studies, from Pennsylvania State University, University Park.  

Nyla is a lover of science fiction drama, and is currently enjoying The Expanse and Star Trek Discovery.  

Nyla’s pronouns are she/her/hers.

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