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Michael Spagna, Dean of the Michael D. Eisner College of EducationGreetings from our faculty, staff, and students.

On behalf of the College’s faculty and staff, I’d like to welcome our new and continuing students to California State University, Northridge. From the moment our students begin their journey, the College community is committed to shaping their professional career trajectories with faculty support and field experiences that will prepare them for robust careers in their chosen fields. Moreover, their time spent at the College will center on a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate experience that not only challenges them academically, but provides opportunities for community service and engagement during matriculation. It is our mission to work in partnership with schools and agencies to recruit, support, and—most importantly—retain world class professionals who work to transform our community for the better.

Since our initial founding in 1958, the Michael D. Eisner College of Education has served the educational needs of the San Fernando Valley and surrounding Southern California communities by preparing quality educators, administrators, and counseling professionals. Fulfilling our mission to educate individuals who will serve the diverse needs of the region, our distinguished faculty creates innovative curriculum for students and provides advanced professional development opportunities for those working in the field. The College leaves an indelible footprint in the surrounding area through faculty research, direct service delivery in our seven community centers, and partnerships with multiple school districts—all of which enrich the overall academic and cultural experience of our current students as well.

The 2015-2016 academic year will further demonstrate our commitment to a continued standard of excellence. This fall, we welcome two new faculty members to our college, joining the Departments of Deaf Studies, and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and we will graduate our sixth cohort of doctoral students in our educational leadership program in the spring. The College is at the forefront of implementing California’s adoption of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) through its efforts as a member of the Preparing a New Generation of Educators for California Initiative, and our Center for Teaching and Learning has scheduled another fine group of internationally renowned speakers to visit campus as part of the Education on the Edge Series.

The Michael D. Eisner College of Education remains at the forefront of educational excellence by focusing the efforts of our faculty, students, and alumni on preparing future leaders that will serve our local communities with creative academic and intellectual energy.

I encourage you to visit with us on a regular basis—either online or in person—as we embark on fulfilling California State University, Northridge's mission of ensuring life-changing opportunities for our students and those they serve.

Michael E. Spagna, Dean of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education