A Tradition of Excellence
from Robert L. Bangert-Drowns, Dean of the School of Education
Welcome to the eighth annual edition of A Tradition of Excellence, a compendium of scholarly highlights from the School of Education at the University at Albany. The School is internationally renowned in many fields for its research productivity and intellectual leadership. The following pages introduce you to some of the contributions of our faculty over the last year.
Since its inception as a normal school in 1844, the University at Albany has maintained a vigorous commitment to the improvement of education in and out of schools and across the lifespan. The University motto—“Wisdom both for its own sake and for the sake of teaching”—reminds us that we learn, not for idle or inert ideas, but to enrich our world and the generations that follow.
As a research institution, the School of Education contributes to our understanding of human diversity in learning, development, and mental health, and to our understanding of the effectiveness of institutions, policies, and innovations designed to promote human potential. Strong political forces seek to capture education—and thus our future—for their own purposes. The poor economy has played havoc with resources of educational systems and human services, threatening to stifle the very sources of solutions to our social challenges. But what works for children and adults? What fosters mental health, happiness, and productive contributions to society? Where do we invest our limited resources to build a healthful and prosperous future for everyone?
Please join us in this essential enterprise. You can inquire with us—as a student or a colleague—into the mysteries of minds in society. You can champion an educational innovation for your own learning or for children and adults around you. You can write your elected representatives about the vital nature of learning and mental health for the growth and integrity of our world. You can stay in touch with us.
Continue the tradition of excellence that began in Albany, unbroken since 1844. Learn more about us at www.albany.edu/education. Celebrate the joy of learning.
Robert L. Bangert-Drowns, Ph.D.
School of Education
University at Albany
2010-2011 edition of a Tradition of Excellence
2009-2010 edition of a Tradition of Excellence
2008-2009 edition of A Tradition of Excellence