On June 30, 2022, the High Meadows Graduate School of Teaching and Learning (“the Graduate School”) transferred its programs in teacher education to the University of Kansas. The Graduate School was developed in 2015 as an initiative of the former Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in collaboration with MIT. In 2017, with approval to grant degrees by the MA Board of Higher Education, the Graduate School began operating as an independent entity.
Since its inception the Graduate School has educated over forty STEM teachers through its unique, competency-based curriculum, granting the Master’s in Education and qualifying candidates for initial Massachusetts licensure. In 2021, the High Meadows Graduate School also developed a M.Ed. program in Justice, Equity, Design and Innovation (JEDI). Created for in-service teachers in all disciplines, the JEDI program is both competency-based and entirely on-line, and was created to provide teachers the knowledge and ability to design learning environments that foreground equity. The program is designed to be accessed in a number of ways: as a degree program, in “stacks” as certificates or microcredentials; or as standalone professional development.
“We’re extremely proud both of what we’ve built and of the teachers who have completed our program,” said Deborah Hirsch, president of the Graduate School. “The ability to take the programs we developed and bring them to a large, land-grant university is the next phase in expanding our reach and influencing the field. We sought an institution that shares our vision and values and has the capacity to scale the programs. KU emerged as the ideal university to fulfill our ambitions for impact and dissemination. With expertise in educating teachers, online learning and competency-based learning and assessment, the University of Kansas is the right institution to extend the Graduate School’s work.”
High Meadows ceased academic operations on June 30 and will seek to dissolve fully in early 2023.
Until dissolution, the Graduate School can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 902-6103. Graduates of High Meadows can obtain copies of transcripts or diplomas by contacting Parchment at www.parchment.com.