Learning, Teaching, Research, Community
All students are entitled to be taught, counseled and supported by skilled professionals who truly make a difference in their learning and overall development. The selection, preparation and guidance of teachers and other educators through their initial teacher education and subsequent stages of development is crucial. Long-term national/state education work force development planning and investments in strong, diverse and responsive post-secondary institutions to facilitate evidence-based, data-driven and experience-tested strategies and programs to recruit, educate, induct, develop, certify additional qualifications and nurture post-graduate scholars is essential.
The student-teacher relationship is at the centre of the learning process. The local school, working in concert with their students, parents and local community agencies, is the place where the whole child develops intellectually and academically, acquires healthy social, ethical and personal values, learns about work and potential careers and begins to act as a citizen in their community, society and the world.
It is essential that decisions about teaching and learning be made at the local level as much as possible within the frameworks, policies and guidelines established by national and state governments as well as by local educational authorities and schools. However, as global environmental, economic and social trends and forces have demonstrated, we are all connected. It is increasingly evident that international cooperation through global organizations and UN agencies concerned with education has become easier and more effective through a variety of information and communications technologies.
The voice and contributions of Deans of Education should be part of the many global initiatives that will have an impact on education and education faculties. See below and go to this page for for a list of our activities.
A global network...