School of Education (SOE) Logo
SOE’s logo is an arch that lists SOE’s goals and outcomes desired for students who complete their respective programs. Each of these nine goals and areas of emphasis builds toward preparation of informed, reflective and responsive teachers:
- Philosophy and practice – Teacher candidates articulate, maintain and develop a philosophy of education that they also demonstrate in practice.
- Human development and learning – Teacher candidates understand how human development affects learning and apply that knowledge to practice.
- Diversity and differentiation – Teacher candidates differentiate instruction with respect for individual and cultural characteristics.
- Content knowledge – Teachers possess current academic content knowledge.
- Facilitating student learning – Teacher candidates facilitate student learning by using assessment to guide planning, instruction and modification of teaching practice.
- Learning environment – Teachers create and manage a stimulating, inclusive and safe learning environment in which students take intellectual risks and work independently and collaboratively.
- Parent and community partnerships – Teacher candidates work as partners with parents, families and the community.
- Professionalism – Teacher candidates develop and maintain professional, moral and ethical attitudes, behaviors, relationships and habits of mind.
- Educational technology – Teachers use technology effectively, creatively and wisely.
Through SOE’s Conceptual Framework, knowledge, performances and dispositions expected of any program graduate is clearly defined.
- Informed teachers know about human development, learning theory, deep content knowledge and pedagogy.
- Reflective teachers develop an understanding based on their professional knowledge and broad content knowledge. Candidates are reflective about connected ethical, legal and policy issues.
- Responsive teachers identify relevant content, learn about diverse students and bridge content to students’ needs to promote each child’s learning and well-being.
What does this mean for the student?
Students can expect to attend programs and courses that are born out of a clear SOE vision and philosophy that will allow the teacher candidates to make sustained contributions to the education profession and to students within diverse classrooms. Of course, student learning is the keystone of the arch and it symbolizes SOE’s unwavering commitment to the academic achievement of P-12 students.
Teacher candidates in turn have an opportunity to impact the direction for SOE programs, courses, faculty teaching, scholarship, service and unit accountability. The end result is not only high quality programs that adhere to national standards, but also academic programs that honor the principles of diversity, partnerships and achievement that is relevant to the Alaska scholar and teacher.