PPE Fellows

Elizabeth Soslau, Ph.D.


Dr. Elizabeth Soslau is an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. She focuses her teaching, research, and service efforts on Tzedakah (justice) and Tikkun Olam (repair the world). Her research focuses on experiential learning opportunities within field-based course work. Elizabeth seeks to explore teaching practices that contribute to contexts for learning where all education stakeholders can flourish.

About the project

The PPE project explored teachers’ challenges and successes when implementing classroom-based critical service learning as a result of engaging in a PPE funded year-long professional development series delivered to teachers and teacher candidates at Warner Elementary School. Warner is a public school in Wilmington, Delaware that serves a community, which has been historically marginalized and under-served. In collaboration with Need in Deed (NID), a Philadelphia based non-profit with over 30 years of experience successfully training hundreds of Philadelphia public school teachers and impacting thousands of children, Warner teachers and UD teacher-candidates learned how to facilitate their students’ year-long critical service learning projects. Through NID’s My VOICE framework, social issue topics were identified, researched, and addressed by Warner schoolchildren.