Welcome from Dean Terry Mason
A Season of Change...
The fall in Southern Indiana is a wonderful time. Growing up in Southern California where we only had two seasons, summer and not summer, I never had the chance to experience the yearly onset of crisp, cool days and the leaves changing colors. At this time of year, I am especially pleased that my family decided to make Bloomington our home.
It is a season of change in the School of Education now as well. On August 11, the IU Board of Trustees approved a recommendation from President McRobbie that our “core campus” School be separated into two independent schools of education, one in Bloomington and one at IUPUI (page 4). This decision was not taken lightly by anyone, and it followed nearly two years of careful study and deliberation among the faculty on both campuses. The separation was made possible, in large part, by the extraordinary growth of the IUPUI School of Education through the development of excellent academic programs and by its becoming one of the leading urban schools of education in the country. The IU School of Education at IUPUI will now be able to focus squarely on its urban mission while Bloomington will continue to strengthen its role as a premier research institution that also prepares world-class teachers and other education professionals. Most importantly, this transition for the school promises to set a course of excellence for the years to come for all of us.
As always, this issue of Chalkboard celebrates the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and students as well as our extraordinary alumni. For example, as arts programs are currently threatened by federal, state, and local budget cuts, our faculty and students are partnering with schools to integrate the arts into other curricular areas, emphasizing the potential of the arts to promote powerful learning (page 14). In addition, you will read about how our researchers continue to illuminate critical educational issues such as preparing teachers to work with English Language Learners (page 7) and the persistence of racial and ethnic segregation in our state (page 17). As we are arguably the most international school of education in the country, this issue also features reports on how we are touching the lives of people from every corner of the world, and how they in turn come to us to enrich our lives here in Indiana. Finally, in this issue we introduce a “Class Notes” section to highlight events and milestones from the lives of our alumni. I invite you to share yours with our editorial staff for inclusion in future issues of Chalkboard (page 27).
While the seasons may change, some things endure. I take great pride in knowing that our IU School of Education community, nearby and across the globe, remains steadfastly devoted to building a just and equitable world through education.
Terrence C. Mason
Dean, IU School of Education