Graduates of the GSE respect cultural diversity and individual differences as strengths; hold the belief that individuals can learn, regardless of exceptionalities, background, or circumstance; and are committed to the education of individuals in complex urban and richly diverse communities. They recognize individual differences, unique qualities and diverse characteristics of the population of youth they work with in schools and they treat students with respect, fairness and equity.
Graduates of the GSE are committed to integrating theory, research and evidence in guiding practice; and believe in life-long learning and professional education as integral to continuing development of expertise; providing evidence that they can use their knowledge in light of available data to apply best practice to promote positive impacts on student lives thereby supporting the role and goals of school mandated by the broader community.
Graduates of the GSE value community committed to communication, through a variety of venues, with all members of school/educational community. They know and understand the role and function of home/school/community connections in the context of creating support mechanisms for youth and student development.
Graduates of the GSE value reflection in scholarly learning and professional practice, and are committed to improving practice through personal and collaborative reflection. They continually use tools of self-reflection to evaluate as well as improve as practitioners in schools.
Graduates of the GSE value the variety of technological resources for enhancing an individual’s learning; view growth in technological expertise as integral to professional practice. They have knowledge and are skillful of the current informational technologies used within their field of practice.
Graduates of the GSE are committed to dismantling all forms of inequity/injustice, including discriminatory practices and everyday microaggressions, which violate the dignity and oppress the freedoms of people locally, nationally and globally and believe in the Ignatian mission of “cura personalis” – deep respect for the individual and his/her potential.