Isaiah C. Moore

Ph.D Student, School of Education
Expected Graduation: May 2024
Program Area: Educational Leadership, Policy and Justice

Selfie headshot of Isaiah C. Moore, VCU Holmes Scholar in 2022.Education

  • Ph.D. in Education: Educational Leadership, Policy and Justicen Virginia Commonwealth University (May 2024)
  • M.A.Ed. in Secondary Education: Curriculum and Instruction, The College of William and Mary (August 2016)
  • B.A. in English, Morehouse College (May 2011)
  • Certificate in Public Law, American University (December 2009)

Line of Research

My research examines federal and state educational policies and their effects on systems at the secondary schooling level specifically concerning minority student achievement.

Selected Research and Scholarship

  • Ferguson, T. & Moore, I. (2022). Demystifying the Experiences of Black Girls in Rural Schools. [Manuscript in preparation]. School of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University


Isaiah Moore is a first year Ph.D. student in Educational Leadership, Policy and Justice at Virginia Commonwealth University. He transitioned from a full-time Lead 8th grade English teaching position at Virginia Beach City Public Schools. An Albert Einstein quote guides his life: “Try not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value.” To do so, he attended Morehouse College and became an Oprah Scholar, receiving his undergraduate degree in English. Afterward, he obtained his Master of Arts in Education from The College of William and Mary’s School of Education. He believes that education should be relevant, so his research interests are those pertinent to education now and in the future. He is most interested in Black male achievement in K-12 settings, the structure and efficacy of community schools, school integration, civically engaging pedagogy, social justice education, and the efficacy of Black male teachers. It is his hope that delving into these fields will further educational theory, but even moreso, improve educational practice. It is at these junctures that he sees value in work. He also writes about his past experiences in the classroom and informs them with educational knowledge from his program studies. That can be found at Free Spirit Publishing Blog.

What does the Holmes Scholars Program mean to you?

The Holmes Scholars Program represents encouragement, exposure and vision. Pursuing this doctoral degree in a program composed of very few people that look like me could be an isolating experience. Not to mention, doctoral work is arduous. Nonetheless, all of this is made easier when considering the support I have as a scholar. This journey has been taken by many before me, and those individuals are the same people who mentor me from day to day. It is their presence that allows me to believe that earning a tenured track position at an R1 institution is attainable. Being a Black man from a low socioeconomic neighborhood, I rarely came in touch with individuals like this, so the mentorship is beneficial in helping me shape my goals. Lastly, these valuable interactions give me insight as to what my life can look like in the future. It is for these reasons that I am excited to take on the challenge of doctoral work.

Curriculum Vitae