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Vision, Mission and Values

Our Vision

To be a model of excellence for solving complex educational problems through innovative and participatory teaching, scholarship, and community engagement.

Our Mission

We transform students, schools, and communities through professional preparation, collaborative partnerships, and the translation of research into action.

We Value:
Innovative Teaching and Learning

We provide innovative and rigorous curricula through outstanding instruction and clinical supervision. We:

  • Cultivate transformative leaders
  • Model teaching excellence and innovation
  • Demonstrate content area expertise
  • Address local and global challenges in education through offering traditional and non-traditional learning experiences
  • Incorporate multiple perspectives in curricular materials
Influential Research

We engage in rigorous, ongoing, and actionable research that impacts educational practice and policy. We:

  • Publish actionable research consistently
  • Showcase faculty research in School of Education communications
  • Develop school, community, and university research partnerships, locally and globally
  • Pursue high impact grant and contract opportunities
  • Disseminate research through conferences and outreach opportunities
Community Engagement

We foster collaborative educational partnerships through research, professional development, and outreach services. We:

  • Collaborate with community partners to identify educational needs
  • Draw on research and practice to develop and implement innovative solutions
  • Empower the School of Education community to design and deliver responsive professional development
  • Provide an excellent facility and responsive support for our outreach efforts
  • Leverage our expertise for the university and larger community by discussing, challenging, and influencing educational policies and programs
Cultural Competence and Diversity

We prepare culturally responsive, ethical, reflective, and collaborative leaders to transform schools and communities. We:

  • Respect ourselves and others
  • Are open-minded, collaborative, and inclusive
  • Promote and model cultural competencies
  • Treat everyone with dignity
  • Strengthen and expand our diversity
Positive climate

We support a safe, caring, and thriving community. We:

  • Demonstrate caring, open, and honest communication
  • Treat others with civility and respect
  • Foster faculty and staff enrichment and learning
  • Behave ethically
  • Confront bullying, harassment, and intimidating and threatening behaviors
Clear and Supportive Organizational Structures

We create and maintain administrative, organizational, and governance structures that support our vision, mission, and values. We:

  • Use our vision, mission, and values to set priorities
  • Challenge behavior inconsistent with our vision, mission, and values
  • Monitor the implementation of the strategic plan
  • Advocate vigorously for the School of Education
  • Engage in continuous improvement

Approved by the faculty on March 18, 2015

William & Mary Vision, Mission and Values