Harold Levine is committed to building a School of Education that makes a difference– for educators, policymakers, students and everyone else who has a stake in California’s schools.
This goal could be considered a departure from how elite schools of education have traditionally approached their mission. In fact, Dean Levine thinks the most significant obstacle to working with schools and policymakers is the reputation of schools of education as disconnected from the real problems that teachers and students face in their classrooms. At UC Davis, he sees an opportunity to build a different kind of reputation.
The campus has a long tradition of working in ways that are multidisciplinary, that connect research and practice, and that address real societal problems. This tradition provides a strong foundation for creating a school of education characterized by interdisciplinary collaboration, deep and sustained engagement with communities and practitioners, and work that fundamentally integrates research and practice.
Dean Levine defines his role as developing opportunities for the School’s people and programs to grow in capacity, quality, stature, and influence.
Dean Levine earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as professor and chair of education, and as interim dean at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies prior to joining the UC Davis community in July 2001. See his faculty profile here.
I had the opportunity recently to make a presentation about the School of Education to my colleagues on the Council of Deans and Vice Chancellors, the senior leadership group for UC Davis. While I reported on our various academic programs and other initiatives—particularly our strong commitment to the worlds of policy and practice—and talked about our extraordinary growth, I put a particular focus on what distinguishes us.
Dean Harold G. Levine shared his thoughts on preparing teachers for 21st century classrooms in the March/April issue of Leadership, a publication of the Association of California School Administrators. Read the full Q & A here.