Message from Dean Amy Rutstein-Riley

Thoughts on our purpose and the year ahead.

Dear Student,

Amy Rustein-Riley

I am delighted to welcome you to the Graduate School of Education, our special and vibrant learning community. Over the course of your studies you will work with exceptional faculty, interact with a supportive academic advising team, and develop your academic and professional identity as you pursue your program of study.

Our Initial licensure programs offer a variety of options and grade levels. Our school-based programs include a year-long residency in a school that reflects your interest and/or approach, from a child-centered private school to an urban residency with a multilingual student body. Our professional or post-licensure programs allow you to continue to enhance your skills and extend your effectiveness to all of your students. Our doctoral programs transform students into scholars and leaders in their settings of practice.

A binding thread connecting all of our education programs is a deep commitment to inclusion, equity, and social justice. I encourage you to examine how this commitment is lived in your own life, and how you may deepen your understanding and practice of social justice in your classrooms, schools, and communities. In every case, we work with you to ensure that you not only know more but are supported in taking that knowledge into your classrooms, your communities, and to other formal and informal learning contexts.

Relationship is at the center of our work together, and I encourage you to be an active participant in our learning community; participate in our events, speakers, graduate student activities, and partner with your faculty on your learning journey. Regardless of your chosen pathway in our school, you will be preparing to join an exceptional group of alumni who demonstrate excellence in education.

I look forward to meeting you, and invite you to introduce yourself at an event or stop by my office at University Hall.

Congratulations on taking this important next step in your development,

Dr. Amy Rutstein-Riley
Interim Dean, Graduate School of Education