Agenda for Education in a Democracy
|The Agenda for Education in a Democracy grounds Montclair State University's education program in the moral and ethical responsibilities of the teaching profession and informs every aspect of the Center of Pedagogy's work. One salient product of this grounding has been the development of The Portrait of a Teacher. The Portrait is used for admission to the Teacher Education Program, teacher education courses, and ongoing professional development and renewal of university and school faculty.
The Office of the Agenda coordinates Montclair State University's Leadership Associates Program. Every year, approximately 25 education professionals representing faculty and administrators from the tripartite (public schools, arts and sciences and education) are selected to participate. Members of each cohort attend, participate in, and co-construct an intensive seminar that focuses on our four-part mission (see below), social justice, diversity, and democratic practice.
The Agenda also sponsors the Annual Advance, held each January on the Montclair State University campus. Timely topics, dynamic presenters, and extensive sharing of expertise among the tripartite frame what has become an annual anchor of campus professional development.
The Office of the Agenda for Education in a Democracy is responsible for maintaining the focus and vitality of the shared vision that bonds faculty members in education, the arts and sciences, and the public schools as they undertake their common work of ethical, effective, and morally grounded teacher education.
The vision that drives the work has evolved from a number of sources, including the work of the Institute for Educational Inquiry and the National Network for Educational Renewal , founded by John Goodlad.
A central purpose of the work of John I. Goodlad, his colleagues at the Center for Educational Renewal and the Institute for Educational Inquiry, and the hundreds of participants at the various settings of the National Network for Educational Renewal is to restore the links between education and democracy, and to ground the work of the public schools in the moral and political ideals of democratic life. The overarching purpose of the endeavor is to strengthen the voice of democracy in the ongoing discussion of the purpose and future of public education in the United States.
Agenda for Education in a Democracy Brochure