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Elizabeth Birr Moje

Dean, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
School of Education

2021 is the School of Education’s Centennial, and it has certainly been an incredible year to reflect on our history and envision our second century. We are facing the daunting task of addressing the impacts of the pandemic on our nation’s schools and on education globally. Yet, we are confident in our ability to thrive in the face of these challenges, just as our school’s Leaders and Best have done throughout turbulent times amid our first 100 years.

The education profession has been significantly affected by the pandemic, which only intensified the lack of support and burnout educators were already experiencing. One of our top priorities is growing the number of well-prepared educators who will empower students and advance just and equitable education opportunity. The pandemic has also exacerbated long-standing issues of education access, accessibility, equity, and justice and we must embrace this moment as a turning point for positive change. We know that our vision of every learner having access to high-quality education and meeting the holistic needs required for learning is going to be a challenge, but we also know that our SOE community possesses the knowledge, skills, and commitment to realize this vision in our second century. Through robust scholarship, research-practice partnerships, curriculum development, coursework, and policy work, we are studying and working to redress inequities in our society. Key initiatives include:

  • The P20 Partnership and Teaching School
    Our innovative partnership with the Detroit Public Schools Community District, the Kresge Foundation, Starfish Family Services, and the Marygrove Conservancy continues to grow and thrive. The School at Marygrove has begun its third year and now has 9th, 10th, and 11th graders; the Teaching School has had over 30 interns and student teachers, and now has four certified teaching residents; and the newly constructed Marygrove Early Education Center opened this fall. We are also thrilled to share that gifts to support the P20 Partnership and the School at Marygrove through the Prechter Detroit Education Fund will be matched (up to $1 million).
  • The Teach Blue Initiative
    Teach Blue holistically supports the entire trajectory of the education profession by recruiting young people through “Grow Your Own” programs, investing in future educators (i.e., current students) through tuition-free teaching degrees, supporting and retaining early career professionals in teaching residencies that hone their skills, and elevating expert professionals through teaching fellowships. When we invest in educators and create environments where they can thrive, we ensure that every child has access to an excellent, well-prepared educator.
  • A New Education Degree Pathway
    We are developing an undergraduate degree for community-engaged learning, which will focus on how people learn and on how to build equitable societies in which people solve problems for the public good. The program enables students to begin studying education the moment they arrive on campus, which will enable us to continue relationships built with P-12 students through our partnerships with public schools. Graduates can opt to pursue teaching certification or a career in leadership, business, civic enterprises, urban planning, or public policy.
  • Michigan EdHub
    Remote schooling experiences highlighted vast disparities in access to education technologies that effectively support learning and teaching. As schools look to a future that integrates these tools with more regularity, we are advancing leading edge research and educator collaborations that center access and affordability.
  • The CREATE Center
    The CREATE (Community-based Research on Equity, Activism, & Transformative Education) Center connects equity-driven scholars and education advocates and activists who are committed to conducting and/or leveraging research to catalyze transformative public education for children, families, and communities affected by the injustices of systemic racism and poverty.

Critical to these goals is our dedication to making a School of Education degree accessible to all who wish to advance just and equitable education opportunity. The Fund for Excellence provides, in part, necessary support to reduce financial barriers for our future education professionals and leaders.

Each gift to the School of Education has the power to change lives. Whether you choose to fill out the enclosed donation form or call our development and alumni relations office to discuss your philanthropic vision, please know that every gift effects change in our school and our society.

We are deeply grateful for your support and for your role in the success story of our school!

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Birr Moje Signature

Elizabeth Birr Moje
Dean, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

P.S. If you are interested in other ways to make a gift, please feel welcome to contact our development team at 734.763.4880.

The education profession has been significantly affected by the pandemic, which only intensified the lack of support and burnout educators were already experiencing. One of our top priorities is growing the number of well-prepared educators who will empower students and advance just and equitable education opportunity. The pandemic has also exacerbated long-standing issues of education access, accessibility, equity, and justice and we must embrace this moment as a turning point for positive change. We know that our vision of every learner having access to high-quality education and meeting the holistic needs required for learning is going to be a challenge, but we also know that our SOE community possesses the knowledge, skills, and commitment to realize this vision in our second century. Through robust scholarship, research-practice partnerships, curriculum development, coursework, and policy work, we are studying and working to redress inequities in our society. Key initiatives include:

  • The P20 Partnership and Teaching School
    Our innovative partnership with the Detroit Public Schools Community District, the Kresge Foundation, Starfish Family Services, and the Marygrove Conservancy continues to grow and thrive. The School at Marygrove has begun its third year and now has 9th, 10th, and 11th graders; the Teaching School has had over 30 interns and student teachers, and now has four certified teaching residents; and the newly constructed Marygrove Early Education Center opened this fall. We are also thrilled to share that gifts to support the P20 Partnership and the School at Marygrove through the Prechter Detroit Education Fund will be matched (up to $1 million).
  • The Teach Blue Initiative
    Teach Blue holistically supports the entire trajectory of the education profession by recruiting young people through “Grow Your Own” programs, investing in future educators (i.e., current students) through tuition-free teaching degrees, supporting and retaining early career professionals in teaching residencies that hone their skills, and elevating expert professionals through teaching fellowships. When we invest in educators and create environments where they can thrive, we ensure that every child has access to an excellent, well-prepared educator.
  • A New Education Degree Pathway
    We are developing an undergraduate degree for community-engaged learning, which will focus on how people learn and on how to build equitable societies in which people solve problems for the public good. The program enables students to begin studying education the moment they arrive on campus, which will enable us to continue relationships built with P-12 students through our partnerships with public schools. Graduates can opt to pursue teaching certification or a career in leadership, business, civic enterprises, urban planning, or public policy.
  • Michigan EdHub
    Remote schooling experiences highlighted vast disparities in access to education technologies that effectively support learning and teaching. As schools look to a future that integrates these tools with more regularity, we are advancing leading edge research and educator collaborations that center access and affordability.
  • The CREATE Center
    The CREATE (Community-based Research on Equity, Activism, & Transformative Education) Center connects equity-driven scholars and education advocates and activists who are committed to conducting and/or leveraging research to catalyze transformative public education for children, families, and communities affected by the injustices of systemic racism and poverty.

Critical to these goals is our dedication to making a School of Education degree accessible to all who wish to advance just and equitable education opportunity. The Fund for Excellence provides, in part, necessary support to reduce financial barriers for our future education professionals and leaders.

Each gift to the School of Education has the power to change lives. Whether you choose to fill out the enclosed donation form or call our development and alumni relations office to discuss your philanthropic vision, please know that every gift effects change in our school and our society.

We are deeply grateful for your support and for your role in the success story of our school!

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Birr Moje Signature

Elizabeth Birr Moje
Dean, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

P.S. If you are interested in other ways to make a gift, please feel welcome to contact our development team at 734.763.4880.

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