Edward Joyner has been an assistant principal and principal of urban public schools and an assistant professor and administrator at the Yale Child Study Center, where he was Executive Director of the School Development Program at Yale. At Sacred Heart University, Dr. Joyner served as the Director of the Master of Arts in Education Program. He has trained educators and social policy makers throughout the U.S., is author of the Ebony Guide to Black Student Excellence, and has earned various awards. He is co-author of six books addressing the education of poor and/or minority children, including Rallying the Village and Child by Child, two of the best sellers at Columbia Teachers College Press. He is the lead author of the Field Guide to Comer Schools in Action that describes thirty-five years of work done by the staff of the School Development Program and its founder, Dr. James P. Comer. As a volunteer, Dr. Joyner is an elected member of the New Haven Board of Education. His M.A. in teaching is from Wesleyan University and his doctorate in school administration from the University of Bridgeport.