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April 26, 2021

College of Education dean represents land-grant institutions in national report

Submitted by Patrice Scott

“Revolutionizing Education for All Learners: A Road Map to the Future”
The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education recently released a sweeping report on the future of education, and College of Education Dean Debbie Mercer was one of only five deans of education in the country selected to be interviewed for the project.  
 
The association published "Revolutionizing Education for All Learners: A Road Map to the Future" after conducting interviews with professionals from three distinct organizations: grant-making foundations, policy organizations with missions of social equality and/or education equity, and institutions of higher education. Mercer represented land-grant institutions.  
 
"I was honored to share the innovative work taking place in the College of Education," Mercer said. "The pandemic has provided opportunity for change — to systematically address social injustice, to match pedagogical strategies with the needs of learners and to address the social/emotional needs of children in more impactful ways." 
 
The report was authored by Leslie Fenwick, the association's dean in residence, who delivered the College of Education's Educational Distinguished Lecture in 2018. During her visit to campus, Mercer shared details about the college's innovative practices, and Fenwick reached back to Mercer when charged with researching innovative practices in teacher preparation.  

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