Why Mills

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Why Mills School of Education
Why Mills School of Education

At the Mills College School of Education, your classes will draw on the knowledge, skills, and experiences you bring while challenging you to venture into new areas of knowledge and practice. Our location in Oakland, California, enables us to tap into the rich resources of the San Francisco Bay Area to inform our work and strengthen our ability to prepare leaders for urban settings.

Teaching is highly valued:

  • Mills faculty members constantly seek to improve their teaching in response to the needs of their students, the social context, and the reality of constant local and global change.
  • As a School of Education located in a small college, our work as faculty and staff is embedded in and informed by the liberal arts.
  • Our faculty and staff model collaboration in our work together. We recognize the importance of multiple perspectives and honor varied expertise. The result is an integrated curriculum that draws on a set of shared values and beliefs.

All of our students become educational leaders:

  • As a faculty, we prepare childcare workers, classroom teachers, school administrators, child life specialists, and other educators to assume leadership roles in the institutions where they work, whatever position they may hold. We also apprentice, guide, and mentor students to become researchers.
  • We challenge the traditional hierarchical concept of leadership, envisioning it instead as multiple opportunities for ongoing learning by everyone in an organization.
  • We prepare educational leaders who challenge the status quo and work toward a more diverse and multicultural society.

Our research is closely tied to the improvement of professional practice:

  • Faculty work collaboratively on research projects with one another, with colleagues in local schools and hospitals, and with Mills undergraduate and graduate students.
  • We are committed to studying questions of educational practice that have a direct impact on the educational opportunities and lives of the children in our communities and across the nation.
  • We address the gap between research and practice by assuming a stance that research, theory, and practice constantly inform one another. We learn from educational practice in a range of settings, incorporating that knowledge into our research, while simultaneously using current research and theory to inform our teaching.

We have a thoughtful stance about teaching and learning:

  • As faculty and staff, we share a deep commitment to social justice and equity that is reflected in the content of our courses and internships as well as our pedagogy.
  • We value experience as a source of knowing.
  • Learning at all levels begins with questions. We take an inquiry stance in our constant quest for new solutions to persistent problems.


Last Updated: 6/9/17