At Relay Graduate School of Education (Relay), we believe that becoming a great teacher or school leader is much like becoming a great musician or doctor. It takes continuous practice, feedback, and dedication. We give Relay students unparalleled opportunities not only to learn the techniques that will make them more effective but also to practice them with faculty and peers. The feedback they receive helps them refine their practice until they’re ready to perform with confidence in the classroom. Students emerge with the skills needed to embark on a career as a transformational educator and prepared to impact thousands of children.
Our approach to preparing teachers and school leaders is unique in the world of higher education. It begins with a curriculum rooted in pedagogical theory and grounded in evidence of what works best in schools. Our programs emphasize the specific teaching and instructional-leadership skills and mindsets that have the greatest impact on student learning and character development.
We also encourage teachers and principals to adopt a strong focus on personal character strengths and social and emotional learning skills that will help their students grow up to be happy, responsible citizens who show grit, love, integrity, and respect for others. Our programs are designed to help students support and reflect upon both academic and social-emotional measures of student growth.
To develop and lead our programs, Relay has turned to the teachers and school leaders who've enabled thousands of students to achieve exceptional academic and character growth. These passionate educators are driven by a desire to transform the lives of children. They share a deep commitment to bring out the best in their fellow teachers and principals. They are never far from PK–12 schools, and they’re our faculty members at Relay.
Relay’s mission is to teach teachers and school leaders to develop in all students the academic skills and strength of character needed to succeed in college and life. Our vision is to become the place where a new generation of continuously improving, mission-driven individuals can fulfill their destiny in the world’s greatest profession.