Nearly 60 years ago, William & Mary’s Board of Visitors established the School of Education on January 14th, 1961, which initially awarded baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Before that, professors and students studying education were situated as a department under the Arts & Sciences.

The College has a long-standing tradition of concerning itself with the resources and training of local, regional, and national educators. “Effective teaching,” as stated in William & Mary’s Mission Statement, “imparts knowledge and encourages the intellectual development of both student and teacher.” And throughout these years, it is the intellectual endeavor of faculty, students and alumni to understand, research, and practice the very foundation of ‘effective teaching’ and the ‘development’ of faculty and student alike.

Wren’s Nest situates itself as a trestle between the School of Education past and present. Here we specifically welcome Scholarship Beyond the Classroom. By ‘Scholarship’ we mean the reflexive pursuit of academic achievement and further study. Educators hold primary the metacognition of learning – a thankless, rudimentary endeavor. However, to the trained teacher or skilled professor, this scholarship holds the door to the future and possibilities yet to be discovered.

Here at the Wren’s Nest, we also concern ourselves with the ‘Beyond.’ What parts of human development and learning await to be noticed, uncovered, or examined? How are new educational experiences folded into prior meaning-making? Where are the boundary lines of theory as a guide for practice? Into these questions, the School of Education students commit to the exploration of life-long learning, and our alumni practice the outgrowth of their terminal degrees. Beyond the classroom, moreover, means the synthesis and integration of learning.

Wren’s Nest | Scholarship Beyond the Classroom | 1.30.2019.

Our inaugural pieces include an exclusive conversation with William & Mary’s 28th President, Dr. Katherine A. Rowe (Part 1: Cultivating Connection) and a reflection on Virginia Governor Northam’s education policy from Master’s student and New Horizon Family Counseling Center Intern, Madeline Vann.

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