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When Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy started her first teaching job right out of college, she assumed she was ready for the realities of the classroom. But her new school was experiencing a major demographic shift. Of the 26 students in her class, 15 did not speak English. And not a single professor in her preparation program had ever talked about how to teach English-language learners or even just students from different cultural backgrounds.
“I felt totally unprepared,” said Holcomb-McCoy, now dean of the School of Education at American University and a 2017 Impact Academy fellow. “That was my first ‘Aha!’ moment: Something has to change in teacher-preparation.”
Dr. Andrea Kent is the dean of the University of South Alabama’s College of Education and Professional Studies, which is the largest teacher-preparation program on the Gulf Coast. The College enrolls about 2,100 students across 15 academic programs at five degree levels, ranging from the baccalaureate to the doctoral degree. Dr. Kent was a fellow in the inaugural cohort of Deans for Impact’s Impact Academy. We spoke to her recently about why she joined Deans for Impact and why, to her, teacher preparation is personal.
Anthony Graham is the dean of the College of Education at North Carolina A&T State University, which is the country’s largest Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The College enrolls about 1,250 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs and has about 50 full-time tenure-track faculty. Dr. Graham was a fellow in the inaugural cohort of Deans for Impact’s Impact Academy. We spoke to him recently about why he joined Deans for Impact and how his own educational experiences influence his approach to educator preparation.
The 11 fellows in our inaugural Impact Academy cohort recently completed their fellowship year, a year full of hard work and learning
We’re thrilled to announced the 17 fellows in the 2017 Impact Academy cohort. Each fellow is coming to Impact Academy because he or she wants to engage with peers how to create cultures within their programs that are data informed and outcomes focus.
At a convening last year, some of our member deans were sharing strategies for managing their leadership challenges. Many of the challenges likely sound familiar: how to re-allocate the budget; how to empower faculty leaders; how to deepen partnerships with districts.
Bill McDiarmid is an Alumni Distinguished Professor and formerly dean of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.…
Ken Coll is a member dean of Deans for Impact. He serves as a facilitator for the inaugural cohort of Impact Academy, a leadership-development…
Michael Hillis is a Fellow in the inaugural cohort of Impact Academy, a leadership development experience for deans in their first one to four years…
“A shift in mindset reconditioning our brains.”
That’s how a site coordinator, who has been at Texas Tech for 11 years, described the…