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

Strengthening Early Grade Reading and Math Education Across the World

Cristine Smith and Darrell Earnest are multiplying the number of teachers world-wide skilled at teaching reading and math to the youngest children.

  • Research

Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Childhood

Sally Campbell Galman wants us to rethink everything we know about educating young children.

  • Teaching

Embracing the Possibilities of Educational Technology

Bob Maloy and Sharon Edwards collaborate to turn teaching upside down, sometimes literally.

  • Research

Making Educational Assessments More Equitable

In her research, Associate Professor Lisa Keller explores ways to remove linguistic and cultural barriers from testing.

  • Community Engagement

Giving Youth a Platform to Tell Their Stories

Language, Literacy, & Culture doctoral candidate Carlos McBride directs the NEPR Media Lab, turning high school students into radio professionals and articulate cultural commentators.

  • Teaching

From High School Volunteer to Having Her Own Classroom

Sarah Waltsak appreciated working with Camille Cammack, who brought real-life experience to teaching. “She gave us a real view of what you might see in the field.”

  • Community Engagement

Building Partnerships to Expand Access

The College of Education and Upward Bound enjoy a relationship that helps both advance their missions.

  • Teaching

Fostering Collaboration Among Teachers

Associate professor Rebecca Woodland advances computer science education by advocating for teacher collaboration.

  • Research

Turning Kids into Computer Scientists

Florence Sullivan, professor, explores girls’ engagement in computer science and children’s development of computation thinking skills under two significant NSF grants.


  • Community Engagement

Bringing the World to Our Door

Mahboob Morshed (Ph.D. 2018) and Sumera Ahsan (Ph.D. 2018) While our international education faculty and alumni spread around the world to help build and strengthen education systems, they also bring the world to us.

  • Research

Cultivating the Next Generation of Change Makers in Higher Education

Chrystal George Mwangi, assistant professor, channels her background as a college administrator into improving the college going experience of students of color.

  • Social Justice

Turn Passions into Action

Marcella Runell Hall’s passion for hip hop, social justice, and student development led to a rich career in higher ed and a world of opportunities to create lasting change.