Education Department



As chair of the Education Department, I extend a warm welcome to one of the original departments at Connecticut College.

Though the College was founded in 1911, its history began in 1909 when Wesleyan University announced that it would no longer offer admission to women. At the time, more women than ever were seeking higher education and demanding the right to vote. Elizabeth C. Wright, a Wesleyan alumna rose to the challenge by convincing others to explore the idea of founding a new college. Thus, both the College and our department were founded in the spirit of equity and social justice.

As a department we take great pride on building upon this strong tradition. We strongly believe that education is the heart of democracy. In so doing our legacy builds upon on a long list of teacher/intellectuals: Paulo Freire, Maxine Greene, Peter McLaren, Michelle Fine, Antonia Darder, Joel Spring, Michael Apple, Marie Clay, Linda Thuwai Smith, Lisa Delpit and Vine Deloria. These are individuals who have contributed to the critical discourse in education.

At Connecticut College today, our work is about living up to their legacy by ensuring that we not only certify teachers, but also help to develop public intellectuals and ethical citizens. In so doing, we hold firm to the assertion that questions about education cannot be reduced to disciplinary parameters but must include issues of power, history, self-identity and the possibility of collective agency. As such, our curriculum and field experiences build around meeting the genuine needs of students, teachers and their communities.

While many of your questions may be answered as you tour our website, we encourage you to visit the department and meet our faculty. Finally, we invite you to arrange an in-person or telephone conversation with our certification officer or any member of our faculty. Please contact our departmental assistant Donna Graham at (860) 439-2760 or donna.graham@conncoll.edu to set up an appointment.

Please remember: "Each one, teach one."

Sincerely,

Sandy Grande
Chair of the Education Department
Connecticut College

Education Faculty

Lauren Anderson, Assistant Professor of Education Lauren Anderson, Assistant Professor of Education

Lauren Anderson, Assistant Professor of Education
Teacher education • Education policy • Urban schooling, past and present • Critical literacy • Qualitative research methods

Charles Cocores, Educator in Residence, Teacher Certification Officer Charles Cocores, Educator in Residence, Teacher Certification Officer

Charles Cocores, Educator in Residence, Teacher Certification Officer
Planning students' educational programs • Coordinator for elementary and secondary teaching certification • Drug education

Sandy Grande, Associate Professor of Education, Chair of Education Department Sandy Grande, Associate Professor of Education, Chair of Education Department

Sandy Grande, Associate Professor of Education, Chair of Education Department
Native American/Indigenous education • Critical Indigenous theory

Michael E. James, Professor of Education Michael E. James, Professor of Education

Michael E. James, Professor of Education
History of schooling and civil rights

Helen Brooks Regan, Professor Emeritus of Education, Dean of the Faculty 200-2003 Helen Brooks Regan, Professor Emeritus of Education, Dean of the Faculty 200-2003

Helen Brooks Regan, Professor Emeritus of Education, Dean of the Faculty 200-2003
Secondary education • Science education • School leadership

Dana Wright, Assistant Professor of Education Dana Wright, Assistant Professor of Education

Dana Wright, Assistant Professor of Education
Curriculum theory and pedagogy • Collaborative, inquiry-based learning projects • Literacy and academic identity development • Relational and situated learning • Participatory action research (PAR) • Youth development and youth studies • Urban education and the contexts of teaching • Qualitative research methodologies

Retired Faculty

Lauren Anderson, Assistant Professor of Education

Lauren Anderson, Assistant Professor of Education
Teacher education • Education policy • Urban schooling, past and present • Critical literacy • Qualitative research methods

Charles Cocores, Educator in Residence, Teacher Certification Officer

Charles Cocores, Educator in Residence, Teacher Certification Officer
Planning students' educational programs • Coordinator for elementary and secondary teaching certification • Drug education

Sandy Grande, Associate Professor of Education, Chair of Education Department

Sandy Grande, Associate Professor of Education, Chair of Education Department
Native American/Indigenous education • Critical Indigenous theory

Michael E. James, Professor of Education

Michael E. James, Professor of Education
History of schooling and civil rights

Helen Brooks Regan, Professor Emeritus of Education, Dean of the Faculty 200-2003

Helen Brooks Regan, Professor Emeritus of Education, Dean of the Faculty 200-2003
Secondary education • Science education • School leadership

Dana Wright, Assistant Professor of Education

Dana Wright, Assistant Professor of Education
Curriculum theory and pedagogy • Collaborative, inquiry-based learning projects • Literacy and academic identity development • Relational and situated learning • Participatory action research (PAR) • Youth development and youth studies • Urban education and the contexts of teaching • Qualitative research methodologies

Contact information:

Phone:
860-439-2760
Fax:
860-439-5457


Email smgra@conncoll.edu


Education Department
Bolles House
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196
Located on Williams Street, behind Harkness Chapel