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Preparing Educators to Become Changemakers and Lifelong Learners

Lesley’s Graduate School of Education has earned a reputation as New England’s largest and most respected provider of teacher preparation programs. Whether you’re thinking about becoming a teacher or are already teaching, we offer programs that ensure you’ll be the best teacher you can be. 

We specialize in integrating the arts, literacy, technology, and strategies for meeting the needs of diverse learners into all of our programs. With small class sizes, faculty support, and a collaborative environment, you’ll become a vital member of our learning community. And as a Lesley graduate, you’ll join an extensive network of alumni educators who are making a difference in students’ lives across the country and around the world. 

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New Program: Digital Literacy and Computer Science

The Graduate School of Education announces a new Initial educator licensure program that will give current or aspiring middle and high school teachers the skills and knowledge to teach students how to understand, use, and create technology to prepare for the careers of the future. 

Digital Literacy and Computer Science is a new Department of Elementary and Secondary Education license area, addressing the core concepts of computing and society; digital tools and collaboration; computing systems, and computational thinking.

Our Master of Education and License-Only programs cover those concepts and more. You'll also get a firm foundation in teaching in the secondary classroom.

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Faculty Spotlight: Meg Burns

Meg teaches in our English as a Second Language and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages programs. Her scholarly research focuses on how best to support teachers in dual language schools, specifically English and Spanish, working from the premise that teaching in two languages requires unique instructional approaches.

Meg also investigates issues of culture, race, and power in linguistically diverse settings, specifically Two-Way Dual Language schools. She is currently involved in a project in East Boston, MA, working with a team of 12 teachers to implement research-based dual-language biliteracy strategies.

She recently became president of the Multistate Association for Bilingual Education, Northeast, and is the chair of Lesley's Diversity Council, which sponsors events of cultural and educational interest. Full profile.

What makes teaching important is your impact on individual students, and the ripple effect on affecting large numbers of students over many years. Everyone has had one teacher who stood out as a person they admired and who made a difference in their lives—and they remember that teacher for the rest of their lives.
Brenda Matthis, Associate Professor

Professional Development Centers

Center for Reading Recovery and
Literacy Collaborative

Headed by literacy expert and author Irene Fountas, the center is a national leader in literacy research, professional development, and school programs for grades PreK–8. We run workshops, institutes, and courses in Cambridge and in school districts, as well as the annual Literacy for All Conference

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Center for Inclusive and Special Education

The Center for Inclusive and Special Education is dedicated to supporting educators, families, and communities in meeting the needs of all learners. We are guided by a philosophy that presumes the competence of all people in their different ways of knowing, learning, and expressing. We are also the home to the Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity, which advances the development of trauma-sensitive learning environments.

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Center for Mathematics Achievement

We assist teachers, coaches, specialists, teacher leaders, and administrators in honing and deepening mathematics content knowledge through workshops, professional development, and consultation at school and district sites. We believe that educators who have enriched their own mathematical content knowledge are better equipped to provide more effective mathematics opportunities for their students.

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STEAM Learning Lab

The STEAM Learning Lab provides a new way for our students and community partners to engage in inquiry-based exploration. It's a space where students can come together to imagine, build, and invent.

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