School of Education & Social Policy
“Merrimack’s School of Education & Social Policy offers dynamic, responsive and focused programs that prepare you for success in the field. Our faculty have extensive scholarly and PreK-12 experience.” - Dan Butin, Ph.D., Dean, School of Education & Social Policy
The School of Education & Social Policy’s educator preparation programs are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and as such provide education students (candidates) with an approved program which is a requirement for state licensure. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement which facilitates educator movement between states.
Students are responsible for researching and understanding requirement for licensure in other states, as program or licensure reciprocity recognition is different for each of the 50 states.
Our graduates are teachers and leaders who collaborate, reflect and make an impact. We emphasize:
- Deep learning. Education is transformational. Our classrooms, our courses and our passion are all grounded in the knowledge that learning matters.
- Bringing theory to life. Knowledge and practice must inform each other. We connect books with classrooms and ideas with actions.
- Making a difference. Education can change our classrooms, our schools and our communities. We prepare educators who understand that schools play a key role in a diverse and democratic society.
Online learning is changing higher education and could make the lecture-based class obsolete within five years, according to Dan Butin, dean of Merrimack’s School of Education and Social Policy.
Merrimack College professor Joanne Gurry runs a series of leadership think tanks throughout the school year for educational leaders from the region that is meant to reinvigorate their minds and enthusiasm for their profession.
The Jan. 7 terrorist attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo could ultimately play a role in Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial in federal court, according to Merrimack associate professor of criminology Thomas Nolan. Attorneys for the prosecution and defense could use the Charlie Hebdo attack in comparison to Tsarnaev, showing how similar or dissimilar he is to the Kouachi brothers in, Nolan said. Media comparisons to the two terrorist attacks could also be used as grounds for an appeal.
October 7, 2015
Building Community, Reaching for Justice Speaker Series: E. Vicente Sanabria
E. Vicente Sanabria, MS, Director of Community Engagement and Support for LUK, Inc.Addressing Opioid Overdoses: The Dance Floor and the Balcony:Within the public sector there are a variety of perspectives on how to address social challenges, including the current opioid epidemic. Mr. Sanabria will draw on the ‘dance floor and balcony’ metaphor from the work of Ronald Heifetz, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, in discussing how to address this current social challenge. This metaphor can be used to bridge the gap between policy makers, organizations and neighborhoods, creating more effective and sustainable change. Mr. Sanabria will share his experiences in creating change at the local and state levels.
October 8, 2015