At Relay Graduate School of Education, we believe that becoming a great teacher or principal is much like becoming a great musician or surgeon: It takes continuous practice, feedback, and dedication.
Relay’s approach to training teachers and principals is distinct in the world of higher education. It begins with a curriculum that emphasizes the teaching and instructional leadership skills that have the greatest impact on student learning. We know that when teachers and principals develop these skills, they can forever improve the lives of children.
To identify these skills, we've turned to the teachers and school leaders who've led thousands of students to extraordinary growth and inspired other educators to grow their abilities to do so. These exceptional thinkers are never far from schools. But they're not sitting in ivory towers. They're faculty members at Relay.
They observe, coach, and mentor students. They visit students in schools, where they watch students teach children and lead teachers. And when they're not right there in the classroom, they're side by side with our students, watching and analyzing video of them practicing the greatest profession in the world. They're pausing, rewinding, and replaying the video to give pinpoint feedback. They're suggesting approaches that come directly from the most successful schools in the United States.
Relay believes this is how promising teachers become good, and how good teachers become great. It's how principals stop managing school buildings and start inspiring teachers. And it's how the next generation of schoolchildren becomes the best generation of adults. This is how we change education—with a few great educators creating an endless relay of them.