Carole Basile is the dean at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Prior to that, she was dean and professor in the College of Education at the University of Missouri St. Louis. Carole’s academic career has included grants and research related to math and science education, teacher education, community engagement, and environmental education. She has published numerous articles, books, book chapters, and technical papers in these areas and has received outstanding teaching awards.

It’s time to think differently about our work and focus on students and student learning!

Why did you decide to join Deans for Impact?

Deans for Impact gives me a like-minded group of deans to work with as thought partners, mentors, and colleagues. It is my hope that the combined wisdom of this group can drive new and exciting ideas and models in teacher education, increase the professionalism of the field, and decrease the animosity towards teacher education that has become prevalent.

What is one pivotal moment in your career in educator preparation that left a positive impact on you or others?

My experience and exposure to “partner schools” and my experiences with organizations such as the National Network for Educational Renewal and the National Commission for Teaching and America’s Future. These were organizations and teacher educators who understood that the model of teacher education needed to change radically and that partnerships among universities, schools and communities were integral to change.

What most excites you about the opportunity to transform the field of educator preparation in the years ahead?

The reputation of teacher education and teacher educators is critically important if schools are going to succeed for children. I’m excited by the possibility that professional creativity could be alive and well and that together, we could transform the “take all your classes” slash “student teaching” model of teacher education. It’s time to think differently about our work and focus on students and student learning!

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