The mission of the Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education (AFTSE) is to prepare caring, effective educators in the Catholic liberal arts tradition of Bellarmine University to teach and lead in diverse settings. The AFTSE is a leading education school in the region.
Educator as Reflective Learner
The theme of the AFTSE, Educator as Reflective Learner, is consistent with the mission of the institution and with the philosophy of the education faculty and community partners, as well as with the various programs for candidates. The theme, based on Linda Valli’s (1997) five types of reflection (technical, reflection in-and-on action, personalistic, deliberative, and critical) captures the essence of the conceptual framework in that effective educators are called to reflect consistently and systematically on their own practice—as well as mentor and collaborate with their colleagues in reflective practice—in order to advance successful professional learning communities within schools and the broader community.