June 15, 2016

I’m pleased to introduce Improving Education: News and Knowledge from Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, an email newsletter for anyone interested in engaging in the national conversation about education. It’s for educators, media and scholars. It’s for administrators, policymakers and parents. It covers innovative research, people and projects, as well as news about how our extended community is working in pursuit of our college’s mission to create knowledge, mobilize people and take action to improve education.

Mari Koerner
Dean and Alice Wiley Snell Professor of Education
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Arizona State University

News & People

Instilling confidence and high expectations

Carole Basile leaves her post as dean of the University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Education in August to become dean of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She brings rich experience in teacher education, collaboration and leadership.

Chi elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Professor Michelene “Micki” Chi is one of only 12 ASU faculty members inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1974, an honor she received in recognition of her contributions to education and research.


An intimate conversation with Jerome Bruner (1915–2016), an educational psychologist who shaped generations

Jerome Bruner, one of the leading figures in the cognitive revolution in American education, died June 5 at the age of 100. View exclusive video clips from his 2011 interviews for MLFTC’s “Inside the Academy.”


Arizona Impact Grants smooth the way to train more science, math teachers

Fifty-three MLFTC students were awarded Supporting Effective Educator Development — or SEED — grants in May. This program for ASU student teachers has been responsible for training more than 200 math and science teachers last year alone.


Craig Mertler asked, “What do teachers want?” and 9,000 of them told him

Arizona teachers’ rate of job satisfaction may surprise you, as will their No. 1 job incentive: "Having a student thank you for assisting in the understanding of a difficult concept."

Student POV

MLFTC graduate awarded Fulbright grant to teach in Mexico

Mitzi Vilchis (BAE '16) will teach English. As a side project associated with her grant, she will help children craft digital stories about social justice issues, an interest she started pursuing while working with ASU's Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology.

For Teachers

Innovative, research-based, free

The Sanford Inspire Program is designed to attract, prepare and support inspirational teachers. And every teacher has access to Sanford’s online professional development modules at no cost through Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.


The Possibility and Desirability of Global Learning Metrics:
A symposium of the Comparative and International Education Society

Date: November 10-11
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel
Paradise Valley - Scottsdale, Arizona

MLFTC Graduate Admissions events

Date: June 15, 22, 27, 29
Time: Various
Location: Online and various

Creating knowledge, mobilizing people and taking action

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