It’s a new year, and a new semester for the School of Education at Trinity! We have just hosted an Orienation for students who will be starting classes with us and it was wonderful to meet the new members of our community!
As excited as I am about what lies ahead for the School of Education, I am also taking some time to reflect on the last year. A lot has happened! For the second year in a row, the Principal of the Year in D.C. Public Schools, announced at the Standing Ovation event at the Kennedy Center in November, was a Trinity alumnus: this year Abdullah Zaki (last year David Pinder). Also the teacher of the year, Kathy Hollowell-Makle is a Trinity alumna, and another recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Awards, William Taylor, is an alumnus.
Another alumna, and a current adjunct faculty member in the School of Education, Dowan McNair-Lee, was featured in a four-part series in Education Week about implementing the Common Core. And another alumnus, Harry Hughes, was recognized in a Washington Post article in August for his “strong, sustained leadership.” Dowan was also honored with a Rubenstein Award at Standing Ovation along with two other alumnae Belinda Omenitsch and Amy Wertheimer.
In our Counseling program, students organized a campaign to share their thoughts on the benefits of mental health with Congress, urging them to allocate appropriate resources to support improvements in our mental health system.
2014 brings us a new focus on Early Childhood Education. The School of Education has partnered with the School of Professional Studies to offer an AA in Early Childhood Education in addition to an AA in General Studies at THEARC (in SE) with a focus on Early Childhood Education. In addition, SPS is also offering a BA in Early Childhood Education. We are also collaborating with the College of Arts and Sciences to offer a BA in Early Childhood Education. AND, in our Educational Administration program, a new track for administrators of early childhood centers will be available starting the fall of 2014. Trinity becomes the only institution of higher education in the District of Columbia to offer opportunities in Early Childhood education from AA through Master’s degree.
The School Counseling program has a new track in Counseling Urban Students that gives candidates the opportunity to both gain this specialization and accumulate 60 credits, and therefore be eligible to sit for licensure.
And it’s just the beginning of 2014. There is more excitement yet to come!