Celebration and reflection marked the gathering of educators to commemorate 50 years of excellence provided by Plymouth State’s graduate studies in education program. Faculty, staff, alumni and state education leaders celebrated the program’s 50th anniversary on October 19 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, N.H.
“Education is the key,” said Dr. Joanna Choi Kalbus, immediate past president of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, in her keynote address. “It is how America became the greatest country in the world. We can draw inspiration from our leaders and our educators. We will prevail from these uncertain times.”
Her message reflected on the value of education and the hope it offers for the future. Kalbus said teaching is an essential profession, not only to sustain democracy, but in building responsible citizens. Quoting President Franklin Delano Roosevelt she said, “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”
Plymouth State’s graduate studies in education includes the master of education degree program, professional certification programs, Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies (CAGS), Partners in Alternative Health and Healing and parent education certificate programs. The M.Ed. program offers 10 majors with over 40 options across various disciplines in which to specialize. The CAGS program has strands in special education and counseling/human resource management, or a doctoral strand with the University of Sarasota in Florida.
“Plymouth State College is a leader in our state in providing quality teacher education,” said Dr. Nicholas Donahue, commissioner of education for the state of New Hampshire. “We would be at a loss without the Plymouth State program.”
Dr. Mark Joyce, executive director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association echoed Donahue’s comments saying, “Plymouth State is great at assessing needs, creating partnerships and providing research to support program initiatives. I thank all of you at Plymouth State College for your ‘can do’ attitude.”