School of Education  

Partnerships, Collaborations, and Outreach


Faculty and students in the School of Education are involved in a number of projects and collaborations that benefit the greater Grand Rapids community. The descriptions below provide only a glimpse of the numerous community efforts undertaken by School of Education in order to support our mission to facilitate the development of competent, compassionate, and committed educators of integrity.


Our Partnerships in the Grand Rapids Area

  • Child Discovery Center and Child Development Center
    The faculty and students at Aquinas have a long-standing relationship with the Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center and the Grand Rapids Early Discovery Center in Grand Rapids. Students in the Early Childhood Development program gain experience by working with children from birth through fifth grade in a Reggio Inspired setting.
  • Aquinas College Reading Clinic
    The Aquinas College Reading Clinic provides one-on-one or small group tutoring with students at both the elementary and secondary levels. Students enrolled in the clinic are provided with personalized instruction based on assessment results by Aquinas College pre-service teachers and graduate students. The Aquinas College Reading Clinic Resource Center is in the Grace Hauenstein Library and is open year-round. It offers a check-out system for materials that tutors may use while working with students. The materials may also be checked out for use by all Aquinas students, faculty, and staff members. Contact (616) 632-2055 if you have questions.
Child Discovery/Development Center
Aquinas College Reading Clinic
Conductive Learning Center
The Conductive Learning Center, established by Aquinas College in 1998, offers programs for children from infancy to adolescence. Students in the Physically or Otherwise Health Impaired Program at Aquinas gain hands on experience working with children who have cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other motor challenges to help them become as independent as possible.
Focused Field Placements

Students in the Learning Disabilities program spend eight hours a week with a licensed special education teacher in a K-12 building over the course of a semester. They are able to gain hands on experience working with students who have disabilities under the mentorship of a master teacher and their faculty supervisor.

Student teaching is a rite of passage for Education students. School districts benefit greatly from the work of these pre-service teachers while School of Education students at Aquinas gain valuable instructional experience.

Faculty from the School of Education work with student council members in the Grand Rapids Public School district to build critical leadership skills.
English as a Second Language

Teaching English Language Learners is an area of tremendous need. The School of Education has a collaborative partnership with area school districts to prepare teachers for certification to help meet the need of this under-serviced area. In addition, each semester over 20 Aquinas students travel to elementary schools in the greater Grand Rapids area to tutor English Language Learners in the classroom setting.

Professional Development Workshops

Perhaps the most widely valued outreach efforts are coordinated by the students at Aquinas College. Numerous pre-service teachers in the School of Education are involved in student chapters of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Learning Disabilities Association (LDA), and/or the Early Childhood Club (ECC). Whether it is a desire to put a book in the hand of every child in the Grand Rapids area or holding auctions to raise money for children with physical disabilities, the students at Aquinas are truly dedicated to making a difference in society.

Publications and Conference Presentations

Our Faculty at the Aquinas School of Education actively reach out to the professional community by sharing their research at local, state, national, and international conferences. Each year, conferences and workshops are held on the campus of Aquinas College that are designed to support pre-service teachers and current practitioners. Our faculty members are the also the authors of numerous books, book chapters, and journal articles. Additionally, they serve in leadership capacities on various boards and in professional organizations.

For more information on our faculty, check out their bios on our Faculty page.