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Vision Statement

The Edmund J. Gleazer School of Education is committed to being a premier Educator Preparation Program (EPP) that is visionary, innovative, responsive, and transformative.


Mission Statement

We develop educational leaders who practice an ethic of care and are agents for social change. We create inclusive learning communities that are reflexive and transformative. Supported by evolving technologies, we are process-oriented and purposefully work toward our goal to provide an innovative and cutting-edge program. We have an expressed and committed sensitivity to diverse learners. Our candidates learn to utilize a culturally-responsive pedagogy that meets the challenges of a global world.

The faculty is committed to professional development, and in turn, supports students in career-oriented paths of learning resulting in the development of competent professional educators. The Gleazer School of Education is dedicated to promoting visionary, innovative, responsive and transformative communities of practice.

The GSOE Conceptual Framework expands on the mission and identifies four domains that serve as cornerstones of the teacher educator program.  Faculty members purposefully move this model to practice and evidence that teachers who care about learners, reflect on instruction, and collaborate with others will have greater impact on student learning and motivation and will become successful leaders in the classroom.  This link contains supporting educational literature that aligns with the characteristics of our conceptual framework. 


Preparing and Supporting Effective Teachers Who

Care, Collaborate, Lead, and Reflect


Candidates seek to establish a relationship of acceptance and respect for learners that reflects the values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.



Candidates develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to effectively involve learners, parents/guardians, colleagues, and the community.



Candidates prepare to facilitate instruction and assume broader leadership responsibilities to advance their profession.



Candidates analyze and synthesize from their academic and clinical experiences and articulate what they have felt, thought, and learned.


9th annual Emerging Educators Academy

The Outstanding Iowa Educators of the Iowa Department of Education, along with the Iowa State Education Association, and Drake University School of Education, are hosting the 9th annual Emerging Educators Academy. This Academy will take place on January 20th, 2024 at Drake University. 


The Academy is for all first through third year teachers as well as their mentors; and pre-service teacher-prep students. We encourage teams of beginning teachers and mentors to attend together as this event will connect, elevate, and celebrate all participants. 


This year's theme is, "Elevating Teachers, Elevating Learning." The Academy will feature break-out sessions on building classroom culture and community, social emotional learning, engagement strategies, fostering a love of teaching, ethics, educator wellness, effective communication strategies, and many more. We will also have an award-winning Teacher Panel of Iowa Teachers. 


This year we anticipate having the honor to present a very special keynote speaker, Rebecka Peterson, 2023 National Teacher of the Year. Her focus? Student relationships and finding the good in every day. Come prepared to be uplifted and inspired as we navigate this noble profession together. 


Want to know more? Here's what past participants have said about the Academy:


"I loved being able to ask personal questions in a safe and supportive environment."
"Good content, engaging sessions, I'll be coming back for more!"
"I felt inspired and encouraged throughout the day."
"I loved having the opportunity to network with others."
"I fell in love with teaching again!"


We can't wait to have you join us! Register today at:


Please reach out with any questions.


Yours in learning, --

Krystal Colbert

2023 Iowa Teacher of the Year

Mitchellville Elementary, Southeast Polk School District

Second Grade

515-783-6778 (cell)

Ft Dodge CSD Openings

Ft Dodge has several openings.   Check 

Gleazer School of Education Directory
Name Phone E-mail
Lamoni Campus (641) 784-____ 
 Tanya Coffelt (Chair and Faculty) 5263 coffelt
 Michele Dickey-Kotz (Faculty) 5202 dickey
Shaen Polasky (Faculty) 5225 polasky1
 Aryn Kruse (Faculty) 5444 akruse1
 Garnet Coulthard (Education Prep   Specialist & Field Placement   Coordinator) 5391 coulthar
Independence Campus (816) 423-____  
Allison Dudley (Faculty) 4742 adudley