Sara Quay, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Education, was recently awarded an Impact Academy fellowship, joining a cohort of fellows chosen for their commitment to improving educator preparation.
The year-long Impact Academy fellowship aims to accelerate field-wide transformation by supporting and empowering a network of leaders who are committed to improving their educator-preparation programs. Each cohort of fellows is limited to no more than 20 leaders, each of whom went through a rigorous nomination and application process.
“It is such an honor to be working with colleagues across the country who are dedicated to improving educator preparation,” said Dean Quay. “I look forward to bringing this work to the education programs at Endicott where our commitment to preparing teachers to positively impact the students they teach is central to our mission.”
Deans for Impact is a national nonprofit that empowers, supports and amplifies the voices of leaders in educator preparation who are committed to transforming the field and elevating the teaching profession. Deans for Impact launched the Impact Academy fellowship in summer 2016. The fellows announced today are the second cohort to participate in the fellowship.
“We believe it will be the collective work of leaders like Dean Quay that will transform how we prepare future educators,” said Benjamin Riley, founder and executive director of Deans for Impact. “Efforts such as the Impact Academy will nurture and support those leaders as they work to improve their own educator-preparation programs and the field more broadly.”
Deans for Impact’s work is grounded in its guiding principles: that educator preparation should be outcomes focused, data informed, empirically tested, transparent, and accountable. Impact Academy fellows are chosen, in part, based on their demonstrated commitment to these guiding principles.
Deans for Impact is committed to reflecting the broad diversity of programs preparing new educators in this country, and today’s announcement reinforces that commitment. Dean Quay is one of 17 fellows in the 2017 cohort, who collectively lead programs that enroll more than 7,400 candidates in 13 states and Washington D.C. Seven of the fellows lead programs at public institutions, and one fellow leads an alternative provider. Eleven of their programs are located in urban communities, five in semi-urban locations, and one in a rural community.
Founded in 2015, Deans for Impact is a national nonprofit organization that empowers, supports, and advocates on behalf of leaders at all levels of educator preparation who are committed to transforming the field and elevating the teaching profession.