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Theme 4

Contribute to a just and equitable world

Teaching is a political act, and educational systems are impacted by global, political, social, economic, and cultural changes. Teachers and other school personnel have significant influence and impact on their P-16 students, and must acknowledge that role in the education community as well as in the larger society. By emphasizing the importance of embracing the political nature of education, developing a sense of service to the community, and working to become advocates for all learners and their families, we empower education professionals to see themselves as citizens of the global world and as change agents. By analyzing the dominant perspective and working for inclusion and diversity, we develop respect for each other as unique humans and affirm and expand upon individual viewpoints and experiences.

Our rural New England collegiate environment challenges us to go beyond our boundaries and borders in many ways: intellectually, by reading challenging texts; physically, through travel and study away; psychologically, through outreach to members of the community in need; personally, through attendance at lectures, artistic and cultural events, and workshops designed to confront biases and expand horizons. We strive for transformative experiences that motivate our graduates to advocate for their students, for their communities, and for the world.

In order to demonstrate their understanding of this theme:

Candidates need to know

  • Codes of ethical behavior
  • Approaches to school reform

So that they will be able to

  • Create healthy classroom environments for all learners
  • Cooperate with other school personnel
  • Respect and involve families in the educational process for their students

The dispositions that will help candidates achieve these goals include

  • Open-mindedness
  • Clear communication
  • Ethical behavior
  • Reflection

The impact on student learning will be

  • Improved educational climate
  • Safe and open learning environment