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. These practices produce 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. As an integrated whole, the conceptual framework contains the overarching purpose of the unit: to create effective practitioners.
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Cynthia Kuck earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Chicago in the area of Public Policy Analysis. Her focus of scholarship is in education policy, especially as it impacts urban education. Prior to coming to Benedictine University as the Director of Graduate Education Programs, she taught in both public and nonpublic schools in Chicago and served in the central office as the Math and Science program coordinator for School District 64, Park Ridge. She then served at Concordia University and Argosy University as the Dean of the Colleges of Education.