“I’ll tell you what freedom is to me: no fear”
—Nina Simone

Manya Whitaker, Ph.D.


I am the founder of Blueprint Educational Strategies. I received my doctorate in developmental psychology from Vanderbilt University and my B.A. in educational psychology from Dartmouth College. I have worked as an educational consultant since 2009 and established Blueprint Educational Strategies in 2013.

As an Associate Professor of Education at Colorado College, I teach courses in Urban Education, Education Reform, Diversity and Equity in Education, and Educational Psychology. I have published numerous journal articles and book chapters about family engagement in children’s schooling, urban charter school quality, and preparing teachers to more effectively work with diverse students.

I am the author of Schooling Multicultural Teachers: A Guide for Program Assessment and Professional Development, Learning from the Inside-Out: Child Development and School Choice, and the co-editor of Counternarratives from Women of Color Academics: Bravery, Vulnerability, and Resistance.