Deans for Impact
Deans for Impact is a national nonprofit organization that empowers leaders in educator preparation who want to transform the way they prepare future teachers. They believe the United States should have the greatest system of educator preparation in the world. They support leaders across a diverse set of institutions, including former land grant colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic-Serving Institutions, private research universities and newer practice-focused programs. They believe that system change requires transformation across multiple dimensions, and the work they do reflects that philosophy. Through their Impact Academy fellowship, they help new leaders identify their visions for change and develop plans for implementation with their ongoing support. Through their Building Blocks workshop series, they help teams of leaders orient their visions around specific design principles that they believe lead to better prepared beginning teachers. Through their Common Indicators System initiative, they are coordinating cross-institutional work to gather and analyze evidence of teacher-candidate knowledge and skills and of program quality. And wrapped around all of this is their policy effort to amplify the voices of solutions-oriented leaders and create the enabling conditions that will support the transformation of educator preparation.