Yearlong Anniversary to Commence with a Celebration

The School of Education will celebrate its first decade of achievement and the university’s century-long commitment to developing education leaders on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in the Glass Pavilion.

The two-hour event, “Celebrating a Decade, Honoring a Century,” will feature remarks by President Ronald Daniels and Dean Christopher Morphew, and reflections by a number of experts on the state of education and the School of Education’s role in national education reform.

The other featured speakers are Jason Botel, acting assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education; Nancy Grasmick, former Maryland superintendent of schools and current National Advisory Committee member; Stephen Morgan, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Education; and Leila Warraich, a candidate for a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

In addition to the School of Education, the following affiliated centers and programs are celebrating anniversaries: the Center for Social Organization of Schools (50th); Center for Technology in Education (20th); Baltimore Educational Research Consortium (10th); Intelligence Analysis Program (10th); Doctor of Education (5th); Doctor of Philosophy (5th); and Teach for America (5th).

An accompanying slideshow will feature burgeoning areas of education, innovative faculty projects and research, and student and alumni work that demonstrates the school’s impact on society. The premiere of a six-minute video will trace the school’s past and feature personal commentary by School of Education faculty, students and alumni.

In its earliest days, the school was defined by its community outreach—primarily to urban communities—and creative, part-time programs. This mission paved the way for expanded offerings to business and technology professionals, as well as to partnerships with the region’s business, education and governmental communities. By 1947, the school’s part-time programs were consolidated into McCoy College, later known as the Evening College and Summer Session.

The school was renamed the School of Continuing Studies in 1984, and the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education in 1999. In addition to being one of the oldest academic units of the university, the school was the first Homewood unit to enroll female undergraduates. In 2007, a gift from Trustee Emeritus William Polk Carey established the Carey Business School, leading to the creation of the School of Education.

FACULTY BLOGGING COMMEMORATING CSOS ANNIVERSARY

The faculty are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Center for Social Organization of Schools in part by blogging on its history, programs, projects and prospects for the future. Doug Mac Iver, Joyce Epstein and Robert Balfanz inaugurated the series in March with Look Back, Look Around, and Look Ahead, followed by Balfanz’s The Path from Velvet Rope Lines to Diplomas Now and More; Faith  Connolly’s BERC and the Promise of Research-Practice Partnerships; Marcy Davis’ Reading Research at CSOS: Connections to the Past and a View of the Future; and Rachel Dunham’s A BERC Research-Practice Question: Are High School Graduates Ready for College?.

The JHU Gazette
Dec. 11, 2006