School of Education
With national accreditation for the full range of its doctoral, master's, undergraduate, and certification programs, Duquesne University's School of Education exhibits a profound concern for moral and spiritual values and a deep commitment to helping every student achieve.
Here are a few concepts to consider for philanthropic investments in the School:
Reimagining the Classroom
Schools across the country have begun to introduce "maker spaces," interactive classroom settings in which technology is purposefully infused into the curriculum, where students learn by solving problems, experimenting with different tools, working on projects together. Early findings show students in a learning in these environments are more engaged and motivated, behave better and show higher academic achievement levels- not just in STEM subjects, but also in literacy.
The School envisions transforming the basement of Canevin Hall from a maze of small classrooms and offices into an open maker space with a wide range of potential benefits:
- Faculty and researchers will be able to develop and study the effectiveness of new curricula.
- Undergraduates will be prepared to implement lesson plans and skills beyond those employed in a traditional classroom.
- Graduate and professional development programs will enable experienced teachers to adapt to the new environment and methods.
- Access for Pittsburgh-area urban and Catholic schools that do not have the resources to build such facilities.
Funding opportunities may include:
- Support for physical renovations and flexible furnishings
- Tools ranging from high-tech (3D printers, robots, giant video screens and virtual reality devices) to "no-tech" (plastic building blocks, modeling compounds and cardboard)
- Resource funds for curriculum research and development
Strengthening Our Reading Clinic
Since 1964, the School's Reading Clinic has provided area students ages 6-17 with research-based assessment and tutoring services to enhance their reading skills. While the Clinic is financially self-sufficient based on nominal fees charged to participating families, donor support would allow for expansion of the services offered.
Funding opportunities include:
- Administrative, faculty and student support to defray the costs of graduate student stipends and permit the appointment of a full-time director.
- Subsidies for families who are unable to afford diagnostic and tutoring fees.
- Integration of the proposed maker space that would be adjacent to the Reading Clinic.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Teachers and counselors are among society's most important professionals. But they're seldom the highest-paid, especially in the urban and rural areas where they're most desperately needed.
Many of our outstanding undergraduate students come from families of modest means, and face significant debt that is difficult to repay on a teacher's salary. Similarly, some professionals struggle to raise families while working and pursuing our master's and doctoral programs.
Our Spiritan history and mission- and the student-centered focus of our Strategic Plan- require that we do everything possible to relieve the current and future financial burdens our students face. Support for undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships and resource funds is at the heart of our calling, and always a transformational investment in our students.