Graduates of the CSI School of Education continually examine what, how, why and who they teach. They embody compassion, empathy and respect for what every individual brings to the learning experience. They believe that all students can learn and that students’ learning potential is unknown and not pre-determined. They believe that the goal of the teacher is to develop students’ minds as powerful thinkers and problem-solvers. They view education as a profession in which practice and theory interact continually and dynamically to guide curriculum, pedagogy, and educational leadership.
The School of Education prepares highly qualified, caring, and effective educators to meet the needs of students in diverse settings within the State of New York and beyond. We do so by linking theory, scholarship, and social justice. Our programs emphasize equity, academic excellence, reflective practice, curriculum integration, and advocacy. The programs promote meaningful fieldwork in which pre-service and in-service teachers engage with students, families, and other educators within diverse communities. Our students conduct research, understand educational policies, and develop the skills required to meet the needs of all students. Through their courses and fieldwork, our students develop the dispositions that guide and support their teaching and leading.
To actualize our vision and mission, we engage with our students in the classroom and in the field to:
- Truly listen to one another and see the world from different perspectives.
- Recognize how race, ethnicity, class, gender, family, and context shape human values and experience.
- Understand the relationship between students’ academic achievement and their emotional well-being.
- Demonstrate dexterity in their use of curriculum theory, pedagogy, and assessment practices.
- Create classroom environments that respect all students and meet the needs of all learners.
- Conduct research with students, educators and school communities to generate new knowledge and strategies that contribute to the field.
- Critically analyze and thoughtfully engage in conversations around current educational policies that impact teaching and learning in classrooms.
- Develop professional dispositions that help them to recognize and utilize the “funds of knowledge” of culturally and linguistically diverse families and communities.
- Teach and lead in a wide range of local, state, regional, national, and international settings.