Nicole Broome

Nikki Broome is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in the Urban Education Policy track of the Urban Systems program.  She received her Masters in Education with a concentration in literacy from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and her B.A. in English Education at Centenary University.  She has over 10 years experience in education, including curriculum development and research, and serving as a high school English teacher, literacy coach, and reading specialist.  During Nikki’s time in the doctoral program, she has worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Urban Teacher’s Education Program (UTEP) at Rutgers-Newark, teaching courses in literacy, curriculum design, and English teaching methods.   She has also served as an English Content Specialist for student teachers during their clinical experience.  While at Rutgers, Nikki was selected as a Research and Innovation Fellow in collaboration with the US Global Development Lab of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and as a fellow in the Eagleton Fellowship program through the Eagleton Institute of Politics.  Her research interests include urban education reform and policy, after school programs, college and career readiness, and the influence of health and nutrition on educational achievement.  Nikki’s dissertation examines the effectiveness of a college and career readiness after school program at increasing college enrollment and matriculation rates for low-income and first-generation students.