The Conceptual Framework of the School of Education at Benedictine University reflects a shared view of what the unit and its partners believe to be the best practices for preparing teacher candidates to deliver instruction and services to students, families, schools, and communities. Benedictine University's School of Education equips candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will shape and influence learning through critical thinking, research-based decisions, and best practices. As in integrated whole, the conceptual framework contains the overarching purpose of the unit: to create effective practitioners who are committed to Scholarship, Lifelong Inquiry, Leadership, and Social Responsibility. These outcomes are the critical elements necessary to ensure readiness for every teacher candidate to positively impact student learning through reflective practice. This requires that teacher candidates develop a comprehensive foundation in the knowledge and practice of state and national teaching standards in culturally diverse learning environments. These practices support a system that produces outcomes for teacher candidates to become highly effective practitioners who actively engage with content to promote critical thinking skills, innovatively manage the learning environment, and consistently monitor student progress to adjust curriculum delivery while collaborating with others to positively impact students, the community, and the professional field. Please click here for more information.
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Dr. Eileen Kolich is a Professor and full-time faculty member in the Ed. D. program in the Center for Higher Education and Organizational Change. During her 25 years at Benedictine University she has received numerous service awards, including the Blackburn Award for Exemplary Administrative Leadership (2004), the President's Award for Leadership (2003), and the President's Award for Innovation (2000). Prior to her current position, she served in a number of administrative roles, which included Chair of the Education Department and Division, Dean of the School of Education, Associate Provost of Academic Affairs and Founding Dean of the Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies. She earned her BA at Rutgers University and her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Curriculum &Instruction: Reading, Communication, Language Education, and Instructional Systems. Her area of expertise is in Curriculum Development in Higher Education.