As a member of the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER), Wright State University College of Education and Human Services “strives to improve simultaneously the quality of education for thoughtful participation in a democracy and the quality of the preparation of educators…through partnerships among P-12 schools, institutions of higher education, and communities.” (NNER Mission Statement 2007)
The NNER Mission
Members of the Network agree on a four-part mission to advance Education in Democracy, which is as follows:
- provide access to knowledge for all children (“equity and excellence”);
- educate the young for thoughtful participation in a social and political democracy (“enculturation”);
- base teaching on knowledge of the subjects taught, established principles of learning, and sensitivity to the unique potential of learners (“nurturing pedagogy”); and
- take responsibility for improving the conditions for learning in P-12 schools, institutions of higher education and communities. (“stewardship”).
Members of the Network assert that quality schooling for a democracy and quality preparation of educators can best be accomplished by sharing responsibility for the following actions:
- engaging university faculty in the arts and sciences, education, public schools, and community members as equal partners collectively responsible for the Agenda;
- promoting and including partnership settings nationally and internationally that together represent urban, suburban, and rural communities, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse public school and university students, and a broad range of public and private teacher education institutions of varying sizes and missions;
- inquiring into and conducting research pertinent to educational practices and the renewal of public schools and the education of educators.
- proposing and monitoring federal, state and local policy that supports the implementing the Agenda for Education in a Democracy.
- providing opportunities for professional and leadership development for participants in NNER settings.
(Revised and approved electronically by the NNER Governing Council February 16, 2007.)
For more information, please contact Amy Elston via email or at (937) 775-4473.