Mission & Vision
Learn. Practice. Perform. Transform.
At Relay, we believe that becoming a great teacher or principal is much like becoming a great musician or doctor. It takes continuous practice, feedback, and dedication.
We give graduate students unparalleled opportunities not only to learn the techniques that will make them more effective, but also to practice them with faculty and peers. The feedback they receive helps them refine their practice until they’re ready to perform with confidence in the classroom. Graduate students emerge with the skills needed to embark on a career as a transformational educator, and prepared to impact thousands of children.
A curriculum that integrates theory and application
Our approach to preparing teachers and principals is unique in the world of higher education. It begins with a curriculum rooted in pedagogical theory and grounded in evidence of what works best in schools. Our programs emphasize the specific teaching and instructional leadership skills and mindsets that have the greatest impact on student learning and character development.
Our Mission in Action
In this video, Relay professors and graduate students describe their experiences honing their craft as part of a community of dedicated professionals.
A focus on academic and character growth
Academics are important, but they represent only one dimension of a child’s development. For that reason, we encourage teachers and principals to adopt a strong focus on personal character strengths and social and emotional learning skills that will help their students grow up to be happy, responsible citizens who show grit, love, integrity, and respect for others. Our programs are designed to help graduate students support and reflect upon both academic and social-emotional measures of student growth.
A braintrust of outstanding educators
To develop and lead our programs, we've turned to the teachers and school leaders who've enabled thousands of students to achieve exceptional academic and character growth. These passionate educators are driven by a desire to transform the lives of children. They share a deep commitment to bringing out the best in their fellow teachers and principals. They are never far from PK-12 schools, and they’re our faculty members at Relay.
Our faculty members are 100% focused on graduate student success. They observe, coach, and mentor our graduate students. They visit them in schools, where they watch them teach children and lead teachers. And when they're not right there in the classroom, they're side by side with graduate students, watching and analyzing video of them practicing the world's greatest profession.
An institution committed to continuous improvement
Just as we expect Relay graduate students to continuously refine their practice, we also commit to evolving our curriculum and instruction. We keep a constant pulse on developing trends in education to ensure that our programs effectively prepare educators for the current realities of schools. We analyze our graduate student and PK-12 student outcomes, and we collect feedback from program participants and employers. We then use these data to enhance the quality of instruction and maximize Relay’s opportunity for impact.
RELAY OF IMPACT
We believe that 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 become the best generation of adults. This is how we change education — with a few great educators creating an endless relay of them.