Staff Biographies


Randolph Carter  |  Director

Mr. Carter is a Fellow in the Harvard University School Leadership Program, Graduate School of Education, where he received a Masters Degree in Education with a school leadership qualification. He is a doctoral student in the School of Education Leadership and Change at Fielding University. He was a middle school reading specialist, a school administrator and a national association staff member. Mr. Carter has also served on numerous school boards. Mr. Carter is a board member of Fielding Graduate University, and the Institute for Community Enrichment. He is a member of the Education Committee of the New Press. His publications include peer-reviewed articles and book reviews published in national journals. 


Elizabeth Denevi  |  Associate Director

Elizabeth is the Associate Director for Mid West Educational Collaborative, a non-profit agency that works with schools nationally to increase equity, promote diversity pedagogy, and implement strategic processes for growth and development. Previously, she served as Director of Studies & Professional Development at Latin School of Chicago. In this position, Elizabeth was responsible for the stewardship and integration of curriculum from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, as well as for the oversight and coordination of professional development and evaluation for all faculty. She was also a member of the Diversity Council, an all-school strategic implementation group for culturally responsive teaching and learning, as well as a co-leader of the School’s accreditation team. At Georgetown Day School (DC) she served as the Co-Director of Diversity and a senior administrator for 10 years. In her role she designed and implemented curriculum and programming for the entire school community. Elizabeth also worked at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School (VA) to create a comprehensive professional development program. She has taught English and history at a number of schools including Castilleja School (CA), San Francisco University High School (CA), and Vail Mountain School (CO). Elizabeth has published and presented extensively on diversity and academic excellence, social justice, and equity issues. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of London, Institute of Education, a master’s from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

Shanti Elliott  |  Associate


Shanti is a multicultural educator with a 25-year history of designing education for a complex and changing world.  Her work in educational equity includes professional development and teaching focused on leadership, civic education, and relationship building across differences of race, class, culture, and politics. Shanti combines research-based strategies with experiential learning in workshops and classes in school, community, and university settings. 


For the past 12 years, Shanti has served as Director of Civic Engagement at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago.  She also teaches in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University and co-leads the Teachers’ Inquiry Project.  This work involves diverse partnerships and collaborations, from the US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange, to the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants, to education activist coalitions.  Shanti holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from U.C. Berkeley, with an emphasis on Russian and Arabic literatures.  She has written for a wide range of publications, from Folklore Forum to Schools Journal.  Her book, Teaching and learning on the verge: Democratic education in action, was published by Teachers College Press in 2015.  Shanti’s current research is on comparative international civic education.