Lathardus Goggins II, Ed.D.


Applied Academic Solutions


Saint Rest Publications

Last updated --16-Jan-2024

My Teaching Philosophy



Dr. Lathardus Goggins II has been an advocate for youth and education for more than thirty years and is the author of Bringing the Light into a New Day: African-center Rites of Passage, 365 Black: Nuggets of Wisdom for Each Day of the Year, African-centered Rites of Passage and Education, Foundations: African-centered Education, and Facing the Rising Sun: Lessons for the Authentic Self. Dr. Goggins’ formal studies include Geography, Higher Education Administration, Learning Theory, Philosophy and Foundations of Education, African-American Studies, African-centered Rites of Passage, HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction, Cultural Diversity, Trauma Sensitive Teaching Practices, Restorative Practices, and Anti-Racist Education.

Professionally, Dr. Goggins has worked with “at-risk” youth as a Prevention Specialist and for more than 20 years in Higher Education. Dr. Goggins has been responsible for admissions, academic advising, community outreach, directing an Upward Bound program, student activities, programming, campus climate assessment, and setting campus policy on diversity and civility. As a professor, Dr. Goggins has taught leadership, cultural diversity and multicultural competency, and African-American male development courses. He has also taught math and science in an urban “Historically Black Middle School” serving “at-risk” and “disadvantaged” students and was an Humanware/Social Emotional Learning Partner for Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Dr. Goggins is the Principal Consultant at Applied Academic Solutions, certified Restorative Practice, Trauma-Informed and Culturally Responsive Classroom Trainer, and the Publisher/Owner at Saint Rest Publications.

As a scholar, he examines the relationships between socialization, learning theories, and academic achievement. Particularly using the rites of passage model as a framework for educators to better understand where students are in their development and what services and activities would be appropriate. Additionally, Dr. Goggins is the primary investigator of the First Person Research Projects.

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Dr. Goggins’s comprehensive experiences are complemented by his extensive travel throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, The Netherlands, Australia, The U.S. Virgin Islands, Panama, The Bahamas, the United Kingdom, and Africa in the countries of Senegal, Benin, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, and South Africa.

Professional Development & Services:

  • Social Emotional Learning & Positive Behavior intervention Strategies/Support
  • Trauma-Sensitive Schools & Trauma-Informed Teaching Practices
  • Culturally Responsive Classrooms & Practice
  • Restorative Practice for Educators
  • African American Community Engagement/Outreach
  • Black Male/Identity Development
  • Building Community (Using the Village Concept)
  • Diversity & Equity
  • Program Assessment
  • Curriculum Development and Assessment
  • College Preparation and Planning

Courses Taught:

    • Effective Interactions with African-American Males
    • Principles of Leadership
    • Social Diversity and Social Work Practice
    • Race and Education
    • Instructional Technology
    • Teacher, School, & Society
    • Contemporary Applications of Leadership
    • Psychoeducational Interactions with African-American Males
    • Urban Education Policy
    • Student Success Seminar

As, a noted author and scholar, Dr. Goggins has been featured on numerous local, nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, including: