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Elizabeth Birr Moje

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

School of Education

The challenges facing education are immense; so too is our power to lead change. Thank you for being on front lines of this mission.

At the School of Education, we possess the collective capacity to address the profession’s most critical issues. To achieve this, we must take bold action. Together we must change the established ways to shape the course of education for the future. Central to this work is supporting our incredible students who have answered the call. Bolstered by a tradition of over 100 years of education leadership, a world-class faculty, and real-world learning opportunities, we are preparing our students to make an infinite impact on society.

Supporting Future Educators

“I felt a lot of pressure to make money, but as I started working, I felt my passion for education grow. I decided to follow my passion and switch my career path from lawyer to teacher.”

– Caleb Adams, Student, Secondary Master of Arts with Teacher Certification

The single most important factor in a high-quality education is access to a well-prepared teacher. Yet we are facing a critical teaching shortage. To change that, we are advancing groundbreaking new models to prepare and support educators and forging new pathways into the profession. Together, these efforts empower individuals to pursue their dreams of changing lives through education.

The Michigan Education Teaching School in Detroit fosters a professional community of pre-service, early career, and expert teachers who work and learn with U-M and SOE experts in a supportive and empowering school environment. The Teach Blue Initiative seeks to reach, recruit, retain, and recognize educators with opportunities and resources at all stages of their careers.

Improving Opportunities to Learn

“When you’re creating robots, math is a key component. A lot of kids think, ‘Why do I even need math?’ This is an example. Students are able to see it in action.”

– Isra Elshafei, Teaching Resident, Michigan Education Teaching School @ TSM

Every person in our society must be able to access meaningful, transformative learning opportunities from birth through adulthood. Our faculty and students are leading research and practice that improves education opportunity, equity, access, and quality for all. Their work advances children’s literacy, college student success, education policy and leadership, and so much more.

We are advancing new learning opportunities in a multitude of contexts across all age levels, including for our SOE students. For U-M students, we are launching Learning, Equity, and Problem Solving (LEAPS), a new Education BA that will engage undergraduate students across disciplinary boundaries to study and address social challenges by participating in real-world problem solving and engaged scholarship. With the support of the Eileen Lappin Weiser Center for the Learning Sciences, we are growing our capacity to study the science of learning, ensuring that all children, youth, and adults have access to evidence-based curricula, tools, and teaching practices.

Growing Community Partnerships

“We can give cities great hope by demonstrating what’s possible when everyone works together to improve education, community, and opportunity.”

– Waltrud “Wally” Prechter, Philanthropist and Long-Standing SOE Supporter

The School at Marygrove, Michigan Education Teaching School, and Early Education Center create our Detroit P-20 Partnership, a prenatal through postsecondary education campus empowering learners and educators in a holistic, community-engaged environment. Our students can teach and study on site of this groundbreaking model that will serve as a national example for education.

The Fund for Excellence provides resources to assist all of these efforts, as well as necessary scholarship support to reduce financial barriers for our future education professionals and leaders. Whether you choose to give via the enclosed 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 learning about other forms of giving, such as from an IRA, you may reach our development team at 734.763.4880.

At the School of Education, we possess the collective capacity to address the profession’s most critical issues. To achieve this, we must take bold action. Together we must change the established ways to shape the course of education for the future. Central to this work is supporting our incredible students who have answered the call. Bolstered by a tradition of over 100 years of education leadership, a world-class faculty, and real-world learning opportunities, we are preparing our students to make an infinite impact on society.

Supporting Future Educators

“I felt a lot of pressure to make money, but as I started working, I felt my passion for education grow. I decided to follow my passion and switch my career path from lawyer to teacher.”

– Caleb Adams, Student, Secondary Master of Arts with Teacher Certification

The single most important factor in a high-quality education is access to a well-prepared teacher. Yet we are facing a critical teaching shortage. To change that, we are advancing groundbreaking new models to prepare and support educators and forging new pathways into the profession. Together, these efforts empower individuals to pursue their dreams of changing lives through education.

The Michigan Education Teaching School in Detroit fosters a professional community of pre-service, early career, and expert teachers who work and learn with U-M and SOE experts in a supportive and empowering school environment. The Teach Blue Initiative seeks to reach, recruit, retain, and recognize educators with opportunities and resources at all stages of their careers.

Improving Opportunities to Learn

“When you’re creating robots, math is a key component. A lot of kids think, ‘Why do I even need math?’ This is an example. Students are able to see it in action.”

– Isra Elshafei, Teaching Resident, Michigan Education Teaching School @ TSM

Every person in our society must be able to access meaningful, transformative learning opportunities from birth through adulthood. Our faculty and students are leading research and practice that improves education opportunity, equity, access, and quality for all. Their work advances children’s literacy, college student success, education policy and leadership, and so much more.

We are advancing new learning opportunities in a multitude of contexts across all age levels, including for our SOE students. For U-M students, we are launching Learning, Equity, and Problem Solving (LEAPS), a new Education BA that will engage undergraduate students across disciplinary boundaries to study and address social challenges by participating in real-world problem solving and engaged scholarship. With the support of the Eileen Lappin Weiser Center for the Learning Sciences, we are growing our capacity to study the science of learning, ensuring that all children, youth, and adults have access to evidence-based curricula, tools, and teaching practices.

Growing Community Partnerships

“We can give cities great hope by demonstrating what’s possible when everyone works together to improve education, community, and opportunity.”

– Waltrud “Wally” Prechter, Philanthropist and Long-Standing SOE Supporter

The School at Marygrove, Michigan Education Teaching School, and Early Education Center create our Detroit P-20 Partnership, a prenatal through postsecondary education campus empowering learners and educators in a holistic, community-engaged environment. Our students can teach and study on site of this groundbreaking model that will serve as a national example for education.

The Fund for Excellence provides resources to assist all of these efforts, as well as necessary scholarship support to reduce financial barriers for our future education professionals and leaders. Whether you choose to give via the enclosed 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 learning about other forms of giving, such as from an IRA, you may reach our development team at 734.763.4880.

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