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Program Goals

  • Support understanding of child and adolescent development and how to incorporate that knowledge into classroom practice
  • Build knowledge and understanding about how diversity of language and culture create a valuable classroom context to enhance children’s ability to express resiliency
  • Support high quality and effective teaching through providing a strong background in content that capitalizes on the richness of urban experiences
  • Collaboratively develop a wide range of instructional strategies for urban schools
  • Encourage interdisciplinary work in order to understand the complex systemic issues surrounding all 21st century schools
  • To produce and graduate teachers who can make a difference for urban school children
  • To produce research that identifies the tested theories, resources, best practices and skill sets these teachers need to succeed in that goal.