Tyrone Howard is a professor at UCLA in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies' Urban Schooling division. He is the Director of Center X, which is a consortium of school professionals dedicated to improving urban schools and communities. Howard is also the founder and Director of the UCLA Black Male Institute, which is an entity concerned with improving educational outcomes and life chances for Black males. Howard's research is primarily concerned with academic achievement of youth in urban schools. His work has centered on the achievement gap facing African American and other culturally diverse students, and the importance of providing teachers the skills and knowledge to assist them in reversing persistent underachievement.
Howard has also done research and writing on the influence of culture on learning, critical race theory and urban education. His research has been published in a number of high-profile journals such as Teachers College Record, The Journal of Higher Education, Urban Education, The Journal of Teacher Education and The Journal of Negro Education. He was recently recognized by the American Educational Research Association with an Early Career Contribution Award for his research and scholarship on the social context of education.
In 2007, he received the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies Distinguished Teaching Award. Howard has been a contributor on National Public Radio, and is an educational expert for The New York Times. Howard's bestselling book, Why Race and Culture Matters: Closing the Achievement Gap in America's Classroom's was published by Teachers College Press in 2010.
Howard received a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine, an M.A. in Education from California State University Dominguez Hills and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington.