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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dean's Corner

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Dean's Message

 by Dr. Jean Haar, Dean

Greetings! Welcome to the College of Education at Minnesota State Mankato.

Our college is an innovator and leader. We are focused on truly landmark work. Through
our work with the NExT program (Network for Excellence in Teaching) and other initiatives
and programs in our college, we continue to gain momentum on changes that will impact
the lives of children in Minnesota and across our nation. For example, we are:

  • Transforming teaching preparation to maximize the effectiveness of our graduates,
    including the redefinition of our candidates’ field experience through the co-teaching
  • Taking mentoring to a new level by combining traditional one-to-one coaching with
    sophisticated performance evaluation and data analysis, thereby giving teachers
    even more insight on how they can facilitate student success;
  • Using research to discover new ways for administrators to foster learning and create
    more positive and supportive cultures in their schools;
  • Reaching out beyond the traditional K-12 environment to bring the educator’s
    perspective to areas like aviation and military science.

Plus, we are doing this important work in the context of engaged partnerships with
teachers, administrators, school districts, communities, other institutions of higher
learning, and funding organizations. We embrace big ideas and real-world thinking
to make a meaningful difference for those we serve.

Whether you are exploring the College of Education as a prospective student, a
prospective faculty member, a fellow educator, or community member seeking to
learn more about our programs and approach, we are glad you have chosen to
spend some time with us on our Web site. I hope your visit is enjoyable, and if we
can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact our main college office
at 507-389-5445.