The Conceptual Framework of the School of Education at Benedictine University reflects a shared view of what the unit and its partners believe to be the best practices for preparing teacher candidates to deliver instruction and services to students, families, schools, and communities. Benedictine University's School of Education equips candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will shape and influence learning through critical thinking, research-based decisions, and best practices. As in integrated whole, the conceptual framework contains the overarching purpose of the unit: to create effective practitioners who are committed to Scholarship, Lifelong Inquiry, Leadership, and Social Responsibility. These outcomes are the critical elements necessary to ensure readiness for every teacher candidate to positively impact student learning through reflective practice. This requires that teacher candidates develop a comprehensive foundation in the knowledge and practice of state and national teaching standards in culturally diverse learning environments. These practices support a system that produces outcomes for teacher candidates to become highly effective practitioners who actively engage with content to promote critical thinking skills, innovatively manage the learning environment, and consistently monitor student progress to adjust curriculum delivery while collaborating with others to positively impact students, the community, and the professional field. Please click here for more information.
Dr. Mary Jeffery, Ed.D.
Dr. Mary Jeffery, Assessment Coordinator and Assistant Licensure Officer
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Dr. Mary Jeffery is an assistant professor with the School of Education and is the Assistant Licensure Office and Assessment Coordinator. She came to Benedictine University as an adjunct instructor and student teaching supervisor in January 2011 after teaching and administrating in secondary public schools for over 15 years. After receiving her bachelor’s degree at Illinois Wesleyan University, Dr. Jeffery followed her love of adventure and moved to Arizona where she worked to develop alternative education programs for high school students. She moved from Arizona to Michigan and completed her Masters of Arts in Teaching K-12 Reading at Saginaw Valley State University. Dr. Jeffery recently completed her Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction at Aurora University. Her current position marries her varied background and interests; her administrative experience guides her interest in assessment and her teaching experience guides her interest in working with preclinical candidates, advising, and teaching licensure.