The School of Leadership and Education Sciences is proud to engage in important partnerships with numerous organizations ranging from public and private K-12 schools, to local colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations in the local, national, and international arena to help transform and improve education.
The School of Leadership and Education Sciences and the internationally renowned Los Angeles-based John Tracy Clinic formalized their partnership to prepare teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in August, 2005. The program confers a Master's Degree in Special Education, and, upon completion of additional requirements, a California Credential as an Education Specialist with English Learner authorization in Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
SOLES and the San Diego Unified School District are partnering to provide courses designed around teacher effectiveness, focusing on planning, delivering, and implementing instruction based on the California Standards for the Teaching Profession, as well as student needs. The Induction Masters Partnership Program (IMPP) provides first-year teachers in the San Diego Unified School District with a course of graduate study that meshes with the district's new teacher induction program.
The Troops to Teachers (TTT) Program, which targets former military personnel for a second career in teaching, works closely with SOLES to offer a high quality, flexible teacher preparation option to program participants.
Southern California Teacher Recruitment Center
The School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) and the San Diego County Office of Education’s Teacher Recruitment and Support Center (TRC) have formalized a partnership to enhance the recruitment of the best and brightest individuals into the teaching profession. The partnership focuses on targeted recruitment activities in the high need areas of math, science, and special education.
SOLES supports the Linked Learning Alliance by supporting ongoing training and educational programming for school leaders in their goals of transforming the high school experience by bringing together strong academics, demanding technical education, and real-world experience to help students gain an advantage in high school, postsecondary education, and careers.
The Deparment of Leadership Studies has entered into an agreement with the Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana to offer our graduate students the opportunity to study at Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana (UIA) during their program here at USD.
SOLES Department of Leadership Studies partners with the Center for Creative Leadership to offer its students access to the Center's 360 degree assessment tool for both personal growth and professional opportunities.
Since 2005, the Grubb Institute has provided consultancy services to the Leadership Institute. The collaboration has helped expand and strengthen our group relations conference and our course offerings for graduate students.
The Leadership Conversation Project is a collaborative effort that utilizes SOLES’ expertise in leadership training and group relations with Public Conversations’ expertise in dialogue facilitation and training. The Leadership Conversation Project sponsors and conducts activities such as workshops, meetings and conferences; dialogue and leadership programs that meet campus and community needs; academic courses; and research.
Founded by USD Alum Jason Doherty, Daraja Academy will be the first free secondary school in all of East Africa. In January 2009, 25 girls from Kenya will be given a chance for a secondary education which would otherwise not be possible, given their current economic situation. The mission of the Daraja Academy is to cultivate a community of individuals with a sense of cultural awareness, social conscience, and environmental responsibility, all while instilling talents that will enable them to open doors to a global society. SOLES is excited about creating Global Student Teaching, research and other possibilities for students at Daraja Academy in the future.
Located on campus within the Global Center, the Hansen Summer Institute on Leadership and International Cooperation is an exciting international program for college age students funded by the Fred J. Hansen Foundation. Each year, students from the U.S. join students from a variety of developing countries to create lasting friendships and and acquire common understanding leading to a more peaceful future.
International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET)
ICET and SOLES are expanding a connection and creating important linkages with the broader teacher education community. Dr. Paula Cordeiro, Dean of SOLES and ICET board member emeritus, initiated the ICET newsletter and its first editorial team, with the participation of the Global Center Committee Chair and Coordinator, in September 2005. Currently Dr. Reyes Quezada sits on the ICET board.
This is an exchange agreement for students that allows one semester attendance at QUT with the transfer of credits back to USD.
This academic and research partnership between SOLES, USD and the Department of Letters, UFRN focuses on cultural, language and literacy practices in families, schools and communities and their impact on learning/teaching processes. In addition, this partnership has put in place an ongoing research agenda lead by the program coordinators from both institutions.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 2008 with the University of Hong Kong and the Marital and Family Therapy program of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences. The first Global Study course visited Hong Kong in January of 2008.
University of Minnesota, Morris - Global Student Teaching
This partnership provides placement services for Learning and Teaching credential candidates wishing to complete their student teaching abroad.
As part of this partnership, students can attend the Mondragon University for one course, seminar or semester. The Mondragon University teacher education students are also able to attend USD for one semester.
This campus-wide partnership with Camp Adventure Youth Services was established in April 2001 with the University of Northern Iowa. USD students intern with Camp Adventure during the summer.
The University of San Diego's School of Leadership and Education Sciences signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria in the summer of 2008. Both institutions hope that this agreement will allow the continued development of mutual programs, exchanges and research between the two universities. The first group of USD students traveled to the University of Pretoria during the summer of 2008.