Dr. Tanners’ research agenda focuses on the following: (a) improving the graduation and retention rates of diverse learners in post secondary and K-12 settings; (b) educational leadership for students of diverse backgrounds in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary settings; (c) the role of educational professionals in facilitating the learning processes of diverse learners (teacher efficacy and culturally responsive instruction); (d) recruitment and retention of teachers from diverse backgrounds in K-12 academic settings; and (e) building effective family/school relationships that increase parental involvement. He received his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies from the University of Houston, a Master of Education in School Administration and Supervision from Southern University, and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Education from Newberry College.


Research focues learning processes of diverse learners, teacher efficacy, & culturally responsive instruction

Author & Editor

Publised autor  and editor of multiple books and journals focusing on topics such as  best practices in parenting, diverse learners, etc.

"No Excuses, Just results!"

Education Consultant

Expertise in parenting, leadership, diversity, and urban school reform

Dr. Tanner's parenting workshops take participants through an overview of researched-based practices, theories, and proven strategies.