For almost a century, Wheelock has pursued three related missions: to educate and prepare professional teachers, administrators, and educators to accept leadership responsibilities throughout the world; to offer continuing educational opportunities for practicing teachers and administrators to make the very most of their talents; and to promote research and scholarship that elevate the quality of education.
Like the larger University with which it is proud to be affiliated, Wheelock serves constituencies around the world—and this task starts at home. Helping our Boston neighbors is the right thing to do—and serving the surrounding community has helped make us particularly effective teachers and learners who are sensitive and responsive to the circumstances and realities of schooling.
For example, annual fund gifts to the Donald D. Durrell Reading & Writing Clinic keep the clinic going strong year after year.
The clinic provides literacy training to struggling students, who then go on to excel in the classroom, lightening the instructional load on overtaxed classroom teachers. Parents watch their children gain skills and confidence. And, throughout, the clinic’s literacy teachers—many of them Wheelock master’s students or graduates—get to develop and test their own best practices, informing literacy research and development at large. When the Durrell Clinic is successful, everyone wins.
Wheelock campaign leadership
Alison Adler (SED’81) School of Education campaign chair