A Message from Jonathan Gillette, Dean of the Graduate School of Education
Dear Graduate School of Education Alumni,
Even though we are on a 12 month calendar, the beginning of the fall semester still holds its power as the de facto beginning of the academic year. With that sense of beginning I want to give our alumni a taste of the exciting work ahead for us this year.
A major focus will be program design. As proud as we are of all of our offerings, we know that it is important to find new ways to both support the development of initial license teachers so they can be confident and effective from day one and deepen the practice of classroom teachers so they are able to maximize their impact on every one of their students.
We learned a lot working with the Urban Teacher Center in Washington and Baltimore to co-design a clinically based program of study. The design work allowed faculty to design courses across their respective expertise that would be complemented with deep clinical experiences. The results speak for themselves, as first year graduates of our joint program led their schools in measurable gains for their students. This year we plan on applying those same design principles to our elementary program and to pilot it as an offering early next year.
We are also designing new offerings in teacher leadership, revamping our technology in education courses, deepening content expertise offerings in literacy and math as well as supporting offerings for those teaching second language learners. This year sees the launch of a new offering, a Master of Education in Advanced Teaching Practices, which places a candidate's own classroom as the central focus of study. Through video capture and sharing, candidates get "just in time" feedback on applying new instructional strategies in their classroom.
We intend to do a series of more in-depth descriptions of these and other initiatives throughout the year. Do not hesitate to reach out to us directly if you are interested in reconnecting any of this work to your current classroom or district.
Jack GilletteDean, Graduate School of Education
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