Our Values in Practice

Holistic teaching, collaborative research, community engagement, social justice

These are the lenses through which we consider every aspect of education, the values we put into practice every day. They influence the ways we teach our students, conduct our research, serve our communities, and work toward a global future that is more equitable and more just. Our teaching practice synthesizes foundational scholarship, pioneering research, and practical engagement. Our leading-edge research promotes policies, practices, and partnerships that nurture diverse, just, and effective educational communities. We collaborate with our local, state, national, and global communities, leveraging our research and evidence-based expertise to inform public policy, enrich public debate, and contribute to social change. We recruit and support a vibrant student body that reflects the many dimensions of diversity in the Commonwealth, preparing teachers and leaders who will revolutionize education through their professional practice and research.

Read how our faculty, students, and alumni put these values into practice


  • Social Justice

Connecting Spoken Word Poetry and Social Justice Education

Doctoral student Imani Wallace (Lyrical Faith) combines art and activism to make a difference in school classrooms—and beyond.

  • Teaching

Diversifying music education

Elementary school teacher Shannon O’Leary ('21MEd) inspires students to think about music on a global scale.

  • Research

The Deconstructivist

Nangyalai Attal seeks to rectify stereotypes in a post-9/11 world.

  • Social Justice

Complicated Cases

Kym Meyer '21PhD has spent her career working with families of deaf and hard of hearing children.

  • Social Justice

Dynamic Mindfulness & Contemplative Pedagogy Initiative

Professor Nat Turner leads a new initiative that reimagines an ecological model of wellness on campus--and beyond.

  • Research

Brain, Body, World

Ivon Arroyo and colleagues innovate ways to support teachers and students using embodied learning, AI, and game design.

  • Community Engagement

"Identity Work"

LLC student Syonara Tomoum cultivates literacy skills in refugee, asylum communities.

  • Social Justice

Crossing the Boundaries of Language

Marsha Jing-Ji Liaw (‘19PhD) introduces educators and students to think critically in more than one language.

  • Community Engagement

Leveling the (Financial) Playing Field

The Cirone family has endowed an education scholarship to support the next generation of teachers.

  • Social Justice

Multiliteracy Justice

Fulbright Scholar Imamatul Khair is positioning STEAM instruction within multiliteracy and dual language pedagogy.

  • Teaching

Making Room for Voices

At Amherst Regional High School, Samantha Camera ’01M.Ed. frames education as a plane of infinite possibility. 

  • Social Justice

Acing the Test

Psychometrician Francis O’Donnell ’19PhD demystifies educational assessments.