About the Department

Mission Statement

The Secondary and Special Education Department showcases a rich cadre of scholar-practitioners, with expertise across content areas, Special Education, and Educational Technology, among other fields. The Secondary and Special Education mission speaks to the impact of our work, and can be encapsulated in a statement we paraphrased from the philosopher Maxine Greene:

Radical Imagination: Educators Who See Things As They Are Not Yet

Our departmental mission reflects our charge to prepare educators who:

  • Believe in and nurture every learner;
  • Pursue pedagogical excellence;
  • Magnify the possibilities of democratic and inclusive practices, and;
  • Transcend systemic forces that inhibit innovation.

We see learners, teachers, institutions, and society as interdependent parts of a harmonious whole. We see them as they are not yet.