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About the College of Education
The College of Education believes we must prepare our students for schools and communities as they could be, not simply perpetuating those that currently exist. We must be willing to explore with our students the difficult issues of inequities that exist in society and to help them to become agents of change. This of course means that as faculty we must examine our own beliefs, be willing to keep our hearts and minds open to the ideas of others, live our lives with integrity, and model how great educators take risks, challenge the status quo, and advocate for the rights of all people.
Ours is a college that continually changes because learning is a transformational experience. Members of the college embrace what Parker Palmer described as a "capacity for connectedness." Palmer stated:
Good teachers possess a capacity for connectedness. They are able to weave a complex web of connections among themselves, their subjects, and their students so that students can learn to weave a world for themselves. (Courage to Teach, p. 11)
The College of Education's learning community presents transformational experiences that allow students to create their own tapestries. As an intention of their preparation, students invest in school-communities that differ from theirs. They are challenged to examine their assumptions about other people, how children from diverse experiences learn, and reflect about the responsibilities of innovative educators. Exemplary teachers mentor education students by modeling best practice, supporting leadership, and demanding courage.
Participants in the learning community engage in scholarship that supports teaching as inquiry. As investigators, they become constructors of knowledge that seek to connect theory with practice. As a function of scholarship, students use technology applications to discern strategies for learning, creating, modeling, and assessing. Faculty and students take advantage of opportunities to study abroad and have new experiences that help them become better global citizens.
As faculty and students weave their unique tapestries, they gather regularly to discuss instructional strategies and the implications of new research. We celebrate the successes of the learning community's participants and encourage them to reach new heights.