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Of the mind with the heart for the greater good. Teach!

Education and the study of learning touch every aspect of human activity. At the Smith College Department of Education and Child Study, we believe teaching and the study of how people learn are central to the health and future of our rapidly changing and diverse society.

Since 1871, Smith College has been preparing teachers and educational leaders who understand what it takes to create classrooms where students learn to engage their world critically, imaginatively and reflectively. Our alumni, faculty and students work on the most pressing social and human question of our time: How can educators create settings where all children can learn and flourish?

News & Announcements

The Lab School Journal

The newest edition of The Lab School: A Journal of Insight and Inquiry from the Campus School of Smith College has been posted. Read about the exciting events of the last semester and stories of life and learning at the Campus School.



Project Coach Featured in Podcast Series by the Chronicle of Evidence Based Mentoring

Jo Glading-DiLorenzo, the Director of Project Coach and the Smith College Urban Education Initiative, was recently interviewed. She did a sensational job describing the Project Coach program and how we function as a "lab" for students at Smith College. Enjoy the podcast.


Professor Rosetta Marantz Cohen Researches How Teachers Around the World Feel About Their Work

Professor Rosetta Marantz Cohen has been researching how teachers around the world feel about their work, revealing surprising similarities to their American counterparts. Her quest: To redefine the way we think about and value teachers.

Despite the vital role teachers play, actual public perceptions of teaching are eroding, even in countries like Japan where the profession was once venerated. Rosetta Cohen's research, featured in a recent article in Insight, offers insights into how to encourage smart, committed professionals to pursue lifelong careers in teaching- careers in which they remain passionate about their work and they are recognized and valued.