Imagining the Future of Warner

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The Warner School of Education is creating a vision for the future—and encourages everyone to share their ideas for reimagining the School. Soliciting ideas from faculty, students, staff, and alumni of Warner—and from members of the Greater Rochester community—we want to define our priorities so the Warner School can be transformative and inclusive in our planning and decision-making for the future of our educational programs, research, and community partnerships. Our priorities will lie in six interwoven domains: research, community engagement, preparing practitioners and researchers, equity and inclusion, organizational environment, and impact. The driving force behind these priorities will help define and articulate Warner’s goals and shape who and what we want to become in the coming years, as well as hold ourselves and others accountable for results, all while embodying Warner’s mission as a research school of education. How would you reimagine the Warner School? 

Help Shape Warner's Future 

Now is the perfect opportunity to reimagine the Warner School’s future. What do you think Warner’s strategic priorities should be in these six areas? We want to hear from you. Please submit your ideas by March 1, 2021.

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Our researchers and scholars are passionate faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community partners who broaden our understanding of the world through innovative research. Together, they generate and disseminate knowledge leading to new understandings of education and human development across the lifespan, on which more effective educational, social, and equitable policies and practices can be grounded. What research priorities should Warner focus on for the next five years?

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Community Engagement

Community engagement at Warner, both locally and nationally, is shaped by relationships with multiple types of partners that are thoughtful, respectful, and reciprocal. We view partnership as entailing a process in which all members bring shared vision, goals, and commitment; working together to exchange ideas, knowledge, expertise, resources, and decision-making to address issues of public concern. What should be our priorities in nurturing and developing community engagement over the next five years?

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Preparing Practitioners and Researchers

Our departmental programs prepare and support both new and experienced practitioners and researchers who are empirically knowledgeable, reflective, skilled, and equity-minded. Our students learn to work as caring educators who can bridge research, theory and practice, and serve as agents and leaders of systemic change efforts. What should be our priorities as we continue to strengthen our educational programs?

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Equity and Inclusion

Warner is dedicated to fostering and living as an anti-oppressive learning community.  What should be our priorities for the next five years in addressing social justice issues both within Warner and in our community?

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Organizational Environment

The organizational environment—defined by school- and university-wide policies, procedures, and processes—shapes and impacts our climate and culture. What should be our priorities to strengthen and build an organizational environment that promotes social, fiscal, and organizational health?

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The Warner School has a long tradition of breaking boundaries and building bridges. We are always pushing and questioning, learning and unlearning, and strengthening connections with the wider community, with a clear and sharp focus on equity. What are your ideas and vision for how we can make an impact through the work we do for the change in the world we are advocating for?


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Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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