Message from the Chair

Joy Banks, Ph.D. Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Joy Banks, Ph.D.  Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Greetings!  I would like to welcome you to the Department of Curriculum and Instruction’s Homepage.  I am excited that you chose to take a virtual visit to The Capstone and hope that you will take a moment to explore our programs, learn about our faculty, and becoming acquainted with our mission.

We are excited to continue offering exceptional programs in elementary, secondary, and special education.  Moreover, the faculty and I are excited about a number of our recent accomplishments and program innovations.  For example, after almost two decades, we graduated our first cohort of the re-instituted 4-year Bachelor of Science degree program in Elementary Education in spring 2015.  The 4-year degree program offers some unique STEM and international components that are designed to prepare “World-Class Teachers for an Interdependent World”.  In the summer of 2015, we enrolled the first cohort of the Metropolitan Teacher Residency Program, which is a residency program that is designed to attract career changers and paraprofessionals to the teaching profession.

Beyond program innovations, Department faculty, students, and alumni have achieved some notable accomplishments.  Our Department has produced multiple teachers of the year, developed capable teachers to serve communities throughout the United States, and maintained sponsored projects in partnership with local education agencies, such as the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County Public Schools.

To our prospective students, I hope that you will earnestly consider the Department of Curriculum and Instruction as you contemplate this very important decision.  We would be honored to serve you!  To all other guests, I hope that you find your virtual visit to be insightful and worthwhile.  Should you have additional questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

In service,

Joy Banks, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
2441 4th Street NW
Washington, DC 20059
ASA 203

Ms. June L. Harris
Administrative Assistant
ASA 203