|The School of Education Expands, Now Offers Professional Development|
With the establishment of the Manhattanville Education Institute (MEI), the College’s School of Education now offers professional development courses for educators.
“This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” Shelley Wepner, dean of the School of Education, said. Jody Green, assistant dean of Graduate Advisement for the School of Education, added, “It’s another arm of the School of Education, to help practicing teachers.”
The new entity offers about 30 courses that mix theory with practice and deals with issues educators face on a regular basis. Classes include topics like Cyberbullying, Integrating Technology in the Classroom, and Study Strategies for School Success. All of these are topics specific enough to be talked about in the classroom, but not offered as standalone courses.
“It’s a wide variety of courses that focus on topics that are important to serving in education today,” Wepner said.
All teachers need professional development in order to maintain their certification, and MEI offers them a way to do that. Interested educators should seek the approval of the school district they work for prior to registering for MEI courses.
All courses are available to be taken online as well as on campus.