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.
Marshall Milbrath has background in teaching, coaching, and fitness. Milbrath served four years as a middle and high school science teacher before returning to graduate school to enter the field of health and sport sciences. A certified USA Track & Field Level 2 coach in sprints, endurance, and throwing events, Milbrath has 9 years of coaching experience in high school and college settings. Additionally, he serves as a USATF Level 1 Coaching Education instructor. Possessing master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction and exercise physiology, Milbrath’s research interests aim to bridge the science and pedagogy of sport through investigation of coaching education, decision-making in coaching, and physiological components of endurance running. Milbrath is “ABD” in a doctoral program in sport pedagogy at University of Northern Colorado.
Marshall’s background as a competitive athlete was one of the main motivators for his entrance into the health and sport studies profession. As an endurance runner, he was a three-time collegiate all-conference cross-country runner in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (NCAA Div. III) and later placed 20th at the 2012 USATF National 50-mile Championships. Marshall still enjoys running, and has goals to return to ultra-running in the future. Marshall resides in Oak Park, Illinois with his wife Gwyneth, who is an assistant clinical professor of nursing at University of Illinois – Chicago.