Sandy Grande, chair of the Education Department
Sandy Grande, chair of the 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 to set up an appointment.

Please remember: "Each one, teach one."


Sandy Grande
Chair of the Education Department
Connecticut College