NewsJan 30, 2019

Education Summit kickstarts new season of innovation

President Emerita Margaret McKenna donates $70,000 to fund

Margaret McKenna speaks.

President Emerita Margaret McKenna (above) has contributed $70,000 in seed money to a fund that will support innovative initiatives in education at Lesley. Provost Margaret Everett announced the gift at the Jan. 25 Education Summit, which brought together 80 Lesley faculty and staff.

Sandra Walker speaks in a crowd of people.
Associate Dean Sandra Walker addresses the crowd during the Education Summit.

Everett and Deans Steven Shapiro and Amy Rutstein-Riley hosted the event, whose purpose was to kickstart innovative collaborations. During rapid-fire, two-minute pitches, faculty and staff presented more than 40 ideas that ranged from leading on environmental education through experiential learning to a certificate that would support teachers in light of new legislation regarding dyslexia.

Assistant Professor Peiwei Li speaks to a colleague
Assistant Professor Peiwei Li speaks with a colleague following the pitch session.

Teams will now develop some of these concepts into proposals through a competitive process that will culminate in the spring with the selection of several projects. The innovation fund, bolstered by McKenna’s donation and $30,000 of the university’s endowment, will underwrite these projects.