Helen Gant Elmore Distinguished Professor of Elementary Education and co-director of the Alliance for Community-Engaged Teacher Preparation at Ball State University
“My life has been forever transformed and enriched through my participation in community engagement in higher education. Along with colleagues and community partners, we have dared to dream of a model of educator preparation that privileges the funds of knowledge and cultural wealth of communities as essential knowledge for future teachers. Our collaborative efforts have resulted in a decade of development of community teachers who possess both the will and skill to enact pedagogies which are culturally responsive and sustaining, advancing education as a more equitable and socially just venture for all children. Additionally, working with national and international colleagues, we are advancing this model as a new standard for the field of educator preparation. This work has been an honor and a privilege.