College of Education and Human Development

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Striving toward educational equity

The 2023 Leading in Equity, Action, and Diversity for PreK-12 System Improvement conference, held at McNamara Alumni Center. (Photography by Marjan Samadi)

Spring / Summer 2024: From the Dean Spring / Summer 2024: From the Dean

THIS IS THE SEASON when we honor the achievements of our graduates. Their families, friends, and our faculty and staff gathered in May to acknowledge over 800 undergraduate and graduate degree recipients.

dean at library

LEAD and literacy LEAD and literacy

On May 24, 2023, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed the Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) Act into law, with the goal to have every Minnesota student reading at or above grade level.

Weaver speaking at conference

Collaborating with the Department of Education Collaborating with the Department of Education

For the last two years, Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Assistant Commissioner Angela Mansfield has helped advise the LEAD conference content with CEHD.

Mansfield at LEAD

A conversation with Darrius Stanley A conversation with Darrius Stanley

Darrius Stanley is an assistant professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development and the Carmen Starkson Campbell Endowed Fellow for Innovation in Teacher Development.

Stanley speaking at LEAD conference

Working for the Northside Working for the Northside

The Northside Job Creation Team (NJCT) has a clear-cut goal: to help bring sustainable jobs to North Minneapolis that pay a living wage and offer decent benefits. So far, it has succeeded in its task, and it wants to make sure that success...

North Minneapolis art on building

Reflecting on Cambodia Reflecting on Cambodia

In January 2024, nine CEHD faculty traveled to Southeast Asia to learn and engage with partners in the Kingdom of Cambodia. International Faculty Delegations are part of recent efforts by the Office of International Initiatives to promote cultural...

Group sitting by the river at sunset

A journey to Thailand A journey to Thailand

For decades, CEHD has maintained strong partnerships with schools, organizations, and individuals in Thailand. From undergraduate study abroad programs to graduate internships, CEHD has established a robust network of relationships focused on..

Providing care from afar Providing care from afar

One of the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic was the adoption of telecommunications in numerous areas of society. Communication via screen has been available for some time, of course, but the pandemic brought on its use with greater urgency...

Mother with infant on laptop for telehealth

Making computer science inclusive Making computer science inclusive

It may come as a surprise to many people that for the percentage of its high schools offering computer science (CS) courses, Minnesota ranks dead last in the country. The national average sits at 58 percent and Minnesota’s neighbors Iowa...

Jennifer Rosato and Paul Schenfeld

A doctoral journey of community and support A doctoral journey of community and support

In the world of academia, the path to becoming a scientist is often portrayed as a linear progression, characterized by deliberate steps and premeditated decisions. However, my journey through academia has been anything but conventional...

J. Sertic

Alumni profile: Public service is her calling Alumni profile: Public service is her calling

Growing up in Worthington, Minnesota, Cheniqua Johnson (’17 BS) wasn’t particularly into politics. Her family would discuss issues when it went to cast ballots for presidential elections, but that was about it.

johnson in city council chambers

Striving toward educational equity Striving toward educational equity

“The goal for us was to really marry practice and research,” says CEHD’s Executive Director of Educational Leadership Katie Pekel. “By that I mean putting practitioners and researchers in the same place and on a level footing.

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Upcoming Events

CEHD Reads


CEHD Reads is part of the college’s First Year Experience Program, and the 2024-25 selection is The Seed Keeper. The public is invited to attend a discussion
with author Diane Wilson on the Carlson Family Stage at Northrop Auditorium. Stay tuned for specific event times.

CEHD Book Week: A celebration of children's literature


Award-winning author Kate DiCamillo will speak on the following topic: “Every Good Story”—a meditation on how reading and writing stories can help us become ourselves. The public is invited to attend at 5:30 p.m. at McNamara Alumni Center.

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CEHD Connect magazine is a publication from the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) that showcases the latest research, innovations, and achievements within the college. Each issue picks a timely topic that highlights stories about students, faculty, and alumni while provides insights into the contributions to the fields of education and human development.

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