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Saint Joseph’s University
M.A. Urban Education,
Long Island University
M.A. International Education,
New York University
“I became a Neubauer Fellow because I wanted to be exposed to professional development that would support my vision of expanding the scope of Crossroads, as well as support me in rebranding and redefining what alternative education can look like on the elementary school level.”
Khadijah became the principal of Kennedy C. Crossan School in February 2019. Previously, she served as the principal of Crossroads Academy at Hunting Park since 2016. Crossroads Academy offers small classroom sizes to support students struggling academically and behaviorally in larger neighborhood schools. Under her leadership, Khadijah increased students’ exposure to standards-aligned curriculum and instruction in order to diminish the academic barriers students face when they integrate back into larger schools. Crossroads Academy sets academic and behavioral growth goals for each student every year. Each year, 65% of students increase their instructional reading levels 1 – 2 years above their baseline, and 92% of students no longer demonstrate disruptive behaviors that initially caused their enrollment. Crossroads Academy has major partnerships with P.A.T.H. – Behavioral Support Services, Take the Lead Dance project, and Devereux through a P.B.I.S. grant.
Khadijah has been an educator since 2004. Prior to becoming principal, she served as an elementary and middle school teacher and assistant principal. Khadijah grew up in Brooklyn, New York.