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This episode will air on February 26, 2022 at 5:30 PM EST

It is clear that the field of education faces significant challenges today. We live in a world that is increasingly interconnected even while national and global tribalism tears it asunder. A world that is riven by systemic inequities and injustices that deprive many learners of the opportunities they are their due. The accelerating pace of technological change brings with it immense opportunities to expand educational access across space and time and within and outside of standard educational spaces. But we know that these innovations function within historically messy contexts: histories and contexts that have privileged some and marginalized many. Further, we are under-prepared for the disruptions of climate change and the emerging world of work, even as we deal with the personal and societal ravages of the COVID19 pandemic.

It is imperative that we as educators build on our expertise, passion and commitment to develop a more human-centered, future-focused view of education and learning.

An important and critical role in this will be played by colleges of education. The challenges though are immense and the pandemic has only made the situation more dire with fewer teachers entering the profession and many teachers leaving due to the day-to-day challenges they face.

In this episode we will speak with two deans of Colleges of Education (Dr. Carole Basile at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University; and Rick Ginsberg at The School of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Kansas) to share with us, broadly, their vision for preparing future educators, and specifically how they are leading their colleges to respond to these challenges.

More about our guests below the video.

Carole G. Basile is the Dean of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University (ASU).  Prior to joining ASU, Basile was Dean and Professor in the College of Education at the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL).  As Dean at ASU, her work has centered on redesigning the education workforce and changing practices in teacher and leadership preparation. She is currently working with education organizations nationally and internationally to design systems and enable organizational change in these areas. She is recognized for her work in math and science education, teacher education, community engagement, and environmental education and has published numerous articles, books, book chapters, and technical papers.  She is serving as Principal Investigator for multi-million dollar projects funded by the Kern Family Foundation and the Department of Education. Her community work is also extensive, as she has actively partnered with many urban school districts, nonprofit community and social service entities, and organizations focused on business, workforce, and economic development. Dr. Basile has 15 years of business experience in the areas of sales, management, and corporate training and human capital development.

Rick Ginsberg, Ph.D., has served as Dean of the School of Education at the University of Kansas since August, 2005. He served three years as the Chair of the Kansas Professional Standards Board, is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), member of the Board of Directors for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and was a member of the CAEP Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting. Prior to coming to Kansas he was Director of the School of Education at Colorado State University, Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina (directing a Research Office), and Assistant Professor at the University of New Orleans. In Chicago he worked for the Chicago Board of Education, Roosevelt University, and the Chicago Community College system. His research focuses on individual/organizational success and educational politics/reform. He is the co-author or editor of four books and about 90 refereed articles and book chapters. His most recent research focuses on accountability in teacher preparation and how professions measure outcomes of preparation (Teachers College Record, 2014). Other recent research examined the impact on leaders of working in a fiscal downturn. His 1997 book, Exceeding Expectations: Successful Adults With Learning Disabilities, was the 1997 American Library Association recommended learning disability book of the year. His work has been funded by over $4.5 million of federal and state. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1983 in Administrative, Institutional and Policy Studies in Education.