Letter from the Dean Diana Hess for Fall 2016 Learning Connections

Letter from the Dean: Diana Hess

Now in my second year as Dean, I have a better understanding of what makes our School of Education so remarkable: the exceptional people, the depth and breadth of our programs, our commitment to meaningful impact, and the significant and increasing support of our alumni and friends.

Diana HessI am sure you will be impressed by what you read in this issue of Learning Connections. At the heart of every story are people who are smart and skillful, and who also care deeply about how their work can make a difference in others’ lives. We are so fortunate to welcome eight new faculty members to our School (learn more).

They are excellent scholars doing cutting-edge work. We are an unusually diverse School of Education — with programs in the arts, health and education. As the stories in this issue illustrate, much of our work is designed to have its most powerful impact outside of the School. For example, Literacy by the Lakes (learn more) is a promising new program that connects our exemplary literacy faculty and graduate students to teachers and administrators in 18 school districts across the state in order to work on literacy practices the teachers have deemed important to their students.

Without the support of our alumni and friends, much of the work happening in the School would simply not be possible. For example, Literacy by the Lakes is supported by Tashia and John Morgridge, and the Teaching about the 2016 Elections conference (‚Äčlearn more) could not have happened without the support of Mary and Bill Gibb. While financial resources matter, the efforts of the School are supported in myriad ways — many of you are on advisory committees, work for organizations that we partner with or serve as mentors to our students. Your support is so important. Please know how much it is deeply appreciated.
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