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A Day to Keep Growing

Friday’s School of Education Day extends 175 years of UAlbany impact upon the field of education.

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 3, 2018) — Now in its 175th straight year of training teachers, UAlbany is still advancing and exploring in the field. Evidence will be found in the fourth annual School of Education Day, a day-long series of panels and presentations — including a keynote address from SUNY Chancellor Emeritus and now UAlbany Professor Nancy L. Zimpher — on Friday in the Campus Center.

Zimpher, now a member of the Department of Educational Policy & Leadership as well as a senior fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government , will speak at 9:15 a.m. in the CC Ballroom on “Transforming the School of Education Today for Tomorrow’s Challenges: A Theory of Action.”

Two 50-minute panels, each dealing with a critical issue in teaching today, will be held in the Ballroom at 11:10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively: “Mental Health Issues: Warning Signs and Coping Skills” and “Student Success in the University: Preparation for the Life Beyond the Academy.”

“Education is central to fostering a free and informed society through critical inquiry, informed dialogues, and advancement of knowledge,” said SOE Interim Dean Jason Lane. “The School of Education Day brings together scholars, educators, and leaders to learn from each other about cutting edge issues confronting education from cradle to career.”

Lane noted the breadth of issues that will be covered in Friday’s many oral presentations and poster sessions: “This year we are excited to be tackling a number of important topics from college student success to the mental health crisis among students to data-informed strategies for improving our schools.” The full program can be accessed here.

UAlbany, beginning as a Normal School for elementary school teachers in 1844, is the oldest public school of education in New York State. “The University was founded as a place to educate future generations of teachers and education leaders,” said Lane. “Since that time, we have been at the forefront of educational innovations and have expanded our work to advancing human development from cradle to career.”

Advancement in the study of education continues with the school introducing several new academic programs, including, in 2016, it first undergraduate degree, a B.S. in Human Development. Last spring the program graduated its first 14 students and currently has 358 declared and intended undergraduate majors. The school is rated one of the top 10 providers of online graduate education programs in the country.

This semester SOE welcomed 500 new graduate students into its academic community, one of its largest incoming cohorts in many years.

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