School of Education
A MESSAGE FROM DEAN O’CONNOR
I am honored to be serving as dean ad interim for Boston University’s School of Education. Your generosity has helped our work in multiple ways.
For nearly 100 years, the School of Education at Boston University has been dedicated to the preparation of outstanding educators. We equip students to serve our democratic society through the practice of education and support a faculty that seeks to refine that practice through the production of research. In addition, the School of Education has a long history of providing useful services to our partners in education—within the University, in Boston and New England, and nationally and internationally. Perhaps no other university in America has a stronger and more enduring involvement in education at all levels, from our unprecedented and historic work with the School Committee of Chelsea, Massachusetts, to our present day partnerships with the Boston Public Schools on-site at English High School and the Trotter Elementary School.
To support our mission, the School of Education recruits and supports faculty who are experts in their disciplines. They are the skilled researchers who identify, develop, and evaluate the best practices in education; they are also the inspiring educators who share their knowledge with our students, who bring this learning out into the world at their clinical placements—which take place as soon as they enter the School. We take care to recruit and retain students in the top 10–15 percent of their high-school classes, who are committed to becoming life-changing educators who make an impact in their communities.
Together with our robust alumni base, community partners, expert faculty, and outstanding student body, we look forward to achieving great things as we move into our second century of excellence in teaching, research, and service.
Through the Campaign for the Boston University School of Education, we seek to increase scholarship aid to support the recruitment of outstanding and diverse cohorts of future educators, as well as create endowed professorships for our world-class faculty. We are also seeking endowment for the Journal of Education and financial support for our unique approach to situated learning (seen in our Early Childhood Learning Lab, Mobile Lab, Durrell Reading and Writing Clinic, and the Trotter Professional Learning Collaborative). In addition, we aim to improve our facilities so they are both green and accessible.