A post-Commencement breather was appreciated, but it’s already a distant memory as a number of academic program residencies, advancement activities, summer orientation sessions for newly accepted students and major building projects belie any romantic notions about languid summer days.
But one should never be too busy to recognize accomplishments and other positive developments because great things are always happening at Lesley. The Graduate School of Education is a prime example and the last few weeks have been particularly auspicious.
At the beginning of June, the Graduate School of Education’s teacher preparation program received full approval from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE), signaling recognition that the program “met all standards for preparing effective educators in Massachusetts.” Moreover, the DESE found that, “Lesley University’s leadership, faculty, and administrative staff have demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement and ongoing collaboration with school districts in a joint effort to prepare effective educators in the commonwealth.”
When your stock in trade is educating educators, the importance of the commonwealth’s praise is obvious. But the plaudits don’t stop there.
The school’s unified assessment system supports continuous improvement in teacher performance, and that’s not just our opinion. The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education recently touted the system, saying it “provides faculty the kinds of data that drive program improvement, allowing them to move from being accountable for their course outcome to being accountable for the program outcomes.”
The AACTE’s “Ed Prep Matters” blog goes on to say, “Lesley University candidates have been in demand by districts all across Massachusetts.”
Kudos to Lesley’s Graduate School of Education, and thanks for all the great work!