Faculty Development

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Faculty Development
One Read, One School of Education Community: Firekeeper's Daughter

In the 2023-24 academic year, join us for the inaugural One Read, One School of Education Community: Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley. This shared reading experience will bring us together and enrich our community as we read, discuss, find common threads, explore themes, and learn about the experiences of others. All members of the School of Education community are encouraged to participate. Across the year will will host discussions and incorporate the themes of the book into various courses and events.

Find the book at your local bookstore, a public or university library, online apps and resources or the Dean's Office lending library (email Kim [email protected] to reserve a copy).

Firekeeper's Daughter book cover by Angeline Boulley

Printable One Read flyer


Upcoming events

  • SOE 3, 2, 1 Coffee Hour: 10/19/23, 10am, 2nd Floor, CK 204, co-sponsored by Human Development Club, vision board activity available
  • SOE Book Club Fall 2023: Fridays, 1 - 2 p.m. on Zoom, 9/15, 10/20, 11/17, 12/15. Contact Kim Smith [email protected] to sign up and receive the Zoom invite. Book Club flyer
  • Community Lecture: 11/13/23, noon - 1 p.m., Standish Room, UAlbany and the "Civilizing Mission": Indigenous Teacher Training, Colonialism, and UAlbany's Origins by Dr. Maeve Kane, associate professor in history. Community Lecture flyer
  • Virtual Author Visit with Angeline Boulley: 1/31/24, 4 - 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. This visit is the launch event for the edTrends Book Study below.  All are welcome to this event (do not have to be in the book study).
  • edTrends Spring Book Study: Wednesdays, 4 p.m. on Zoom, 2/28, 3/20, 4/24, 5/25
    Open to everyone!  Will include panel presentations and invited guests.
Book Club

Starting in 2019-2020 as a means to foster meaningful dialogue about the role of race and equality in the School of Education, the faculty and staff come together to read and discuss important texts engaging with deep considerations of social justice. All SOE faculty, staff and students are welcome and encouraged to join. Contact Kim Smith [email protected] for a copy of the current semester's book and a Zoom link.

  • Spring 2024: Punished for Dreaming: How School Reform Harms Black Children and How We Heal   by Bettina L. Love
  • Academic Year 2023-2024: see above section on the One Read, One School of Education Community: Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley
  • Spring 2023: From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education by Tia Brown McNair, Estela Mara Bensimon, Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux
  • Fall 2022: Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes and Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, Ann Hazzard, Jennifer Zivoin (Illustrator)
  • Spring 2022: Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope by bell hooks
  • Fall 2021: Black Fatigue by Mary-Frances Winters
  • Spring 2021: How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibrahim X. Kendi
  • Fall 2020: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Spring 2020: We Want to do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom by Bettina Love
Decolonizing Syllabi

A committee of faculty met together to begin a collaborative process of recognizing, building, and sharing values of equity and inclusion in their syllabi. The process of “decolonizing” included interrogating the concept, considering the impact, and addressing a specific need highlighted through consideration of student experience. The committee invites instructors to hear about the journey so far and join in the collaborative effort to intentionally attend to the experiences in our classes.

  • Decolonizing Syllabi & Inclusive Practices Workgroup
    Summer 2024 - June 5
    Details coming soon...
  • Decolonizing Syllabi & Inclusive Practices Workgroup
    Winter 23-24 - January 11, 2024
    The focus this session will be on Practices to Promote Academic Engagement and Growth Using the Student Experience Project Resources.
    View the flyer >
  • Decolonizing Syllabi & Inclusive Practices Workgroup
    Summer 2023 - May 22, 23, 24
    We will work with the text, Learning that Matters: A Field Guide to Course Design for Transformative Education. Attend one session or all.
    View the flyer >
  • Decolonizing Syllabi & Inclusive Practices Workgroup
    Winter 22-23 - January 5, 6, 9, 10
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  • Decolonizing Syllabi: Exploring Inclusive Pedagogy Workgroup
    Summer 2022 - June 7, 8, 14, 15
    View the flyer >