We prepare our students to become effective leaders and teachers who understand how our culture and society impacts students, classrooms, and the field of education so we can make change for the better.
We partner with schools and communities to support the engagement and preparedness of all learners. We work to change harmful practices in education and reform the system on the path to social justice.
Our research spans the breadth of educational practice for children and adults. We are dedicated to creating more engaging and effective ways to teach and learn.
Improving literacy for all students
We are home to the Minnesota Center for Reading Research (MCRR), a clearinghouse for research, education, and professional development for literacy educators. Our faculty and staff work with schools, districts, and teachers to improve reading outcomes, engage students in digital and print literacies, and design inclusive curriculums for culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Creating inclusive classrooms for bilingual and non-native English speakers.
As the population of Minnesota, and the nation, becomes more linguistically diverse, there is a greater need for research that supports how to effectively meet the needs of multilingual, bilingual, and non-native English speakers. Our faculty are researching how to leverage the skills of bilingual students, assessing the educational needs of immigrant and refugee youth, creating language revitalization programs, and preparing teachers to support a positive learning environment in a linguistically diverse classroom.
Working towards educational equity and social justice.
Our faculty are steadily working to close the opportunity gap, provide more opportunities and access for underrepresented groups, fight for racial and social justice in schools, and reject harmful educational practices for marginalized groups. A major goal of the Department is to diversify the teaching force.
Preparing future teachers to meet the needs of all students.
We prepare teachers to be leaders in their field, to challenge the status quo, and be a force for social justice and equity in the classroom. Our research examines current teaching methods and teaching culture and applies that to our teacher training programs where students receive cutting-edge instruction on educational practices.
Web and social media analytics
Unique website visits: 188,838
Most visited page: People
Twitter followers: 1641 (135% increase from last year)
Top tweet: New LT minor announcement
Facebook followers: 419 (up 113% from last year)
Post with the most engagement (likes, shares, etc.): CEHD graduate commencement photos 2019
Post with the most reach (most seen): Preethi Titu wins second place in the 3 minute thesis competition.
Most viewed story on the news blog: Elementary education major to present at National Council for Teachers of English conference
In the news
A selection of broad impact media coverage featuring faculty in Curriculum and Instruction:
Research Brief: Social Media impact in an English language classroom, Martha Bigelow, Kendall King, Jen Vanek, featured in multiple news outlets, reach over 3 million
Op Ed: Embrace Multilingualism as a goal for all Minnesota students, Star Tribune, Kendall King, reach 2 million
Op Ed: Disaggregating student data will help, not hurt, the cause of addressing gaps, Star Tribune, reach 1 million
5 questions: Talking Summer Reading Habits with UMN, Lori Helman, multiple outlets, reach
Radio: There's a science to teaching children how to read, Lori Helman interviewed, MPR
Radio: The debate over homework, Annie Mason interviewed, MPR
Online news: Muslim Advocates Predict More Racist Attacks To Come From Trump, Nimo Abdi quoted, Huffpost, reach 5 million
Recruiting and retaining teacher candidates of color. We are actively looking at ways to provide financial and career incentives to students of color to become teachers. Minnesota ranks as #50 in the country for racial disparities in education. Research shows that students of any color do better when teachers of color in the classroom.
We are tackling this problem by:
- Establishing the Race, Equity, and Justice Council
- Continuing to provide mentorship and career opportunities to the Teacher Scholars of Color group (self-selecting teacher candidates)
- Recruiting more students of color into DirecTrack for Teaching
- Engaging student groups, collaborating with other departments, and holding information sessions for students of color interested in teaching
- Actively looking for undergraduate scholarships and financial support for students of color interested in teaching
Graduate student satisfaction
Doctoral student surveys indicated they want more financial support during their programs. We have one of the largest graduate research populations and are looking for grants, donors, and sponsored projects that can guarantee a doctoral student four years of financial support.
We are actively looking for ways to give doctoral students more writing help, more opportunities to present research, and more individualized faculty attention. The graduate writing retreats and Emerging Scholars conference are two pilot programs aimed at supporting our research students.