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This site is home to a new Learning Community being built to share knowledge, and bring in a wide array of voices and expertise to grow our expanding community of practice and help us continuously learn together. The stories and content that will be shared will catalyze conversations, practice, and policy on next generation learning and leading. The goal is to inform and inspire stronger and smarter educator-leaders throughout their diverse career paths across the education spectrum. Let’s learn together!

Exploring and Enhancing the Education Professions

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Catalytic Conversations: Interviews with Thought Leaders and Difference-Makers

Meeting this Moment by Pushing Teaching and Learning Boundaries

In the world of education, this last year of the pandemic and hard social-justice work has pushed us to try new things, rethink and reexamine long-held practices and beliefs, and begin to visualize a different kind of road ahead. This presentation reflects on this tumultuous time and a projection of the possibilities we now can champion around new learning models, teaching strategies, and leadership principles for engaging and readying students for an increasingly dynamic time in learning, earning, personal growth, and civic engagement.


  • Stacy Caldwell, CEO Mastery Transcript Consortium
  • Rahim Rajan, Deputy Director Postsecondary Success, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Tom Vander Ark, CEO, Getting Smart 

Host: Dr. Mark Milliron, SVP and Executive Dean, WGU Teachers College 

WGU Teachers College: 20 Years from Idea to Impact

This fascinating panel discussion recalls the journey from past to present and into the future in WGU’s mission to transform lives through education. Celebrating 20 years of the Teachers College as part of the 2021 SXSWEdu activities, this group takes viewers back to a gathering of visionary governors looking to introduce the country to competency-based education two decades ago, all the way to today where explorations into stacking micro-credentials are again reinventing education. The conversation is lively and peppered with insights and memories of those who took part in the journey, including alumni, education luminaries and governmental leaders. Enjoy the stories shared by these education difference-makers who disrupted a system to take us to levels of achievement and access.


  • Rajim Rajan, Deputy Director Postsecondary Success, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Tom Vander Ark, CEO, Getting Smart 
  • Dr. Sally Johnstone, President, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)
  • Dr. Marni Baker Stein, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, WGU

Host: Dr. Mark Milliron, SVP and Executive Dean, WGU Teachers College 

Character Education for Next-Generation Educators

In this conversation, expert participants dive deep into the work going on nationally and internationally in character education across institutions of learning from K-12 through higher education and beyond. They explore the role character education and virtues play in our schools and our current society. Learn how teaching and modeling the virtues that comprise character education including compassion, empathy, intellectual curiosity, citizenship and more, combine to create environments where students learn to think critically, solve problems creatively, communicate respectfully, and thrive.  


  • Dr. Elizabeth “Beth” Purvis, Senior Program Director, The Kern Family Foundation
  • Professor James Arthur, OBE, School of Education and Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham, UK

Host: Dr. Mark Milliron, SVP and Executive Dean, WGU Teachers College 

WGU is honored to be a grant recipient from the Kern Family Foundation, helping to fund the University's Character Education for a Better Society program for educators and administrators. Learn more here.

Culture Change: How to Leverage the Past to Create the Future of Education

Founded in 1873 as one of two HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) that enroll only women, Bennett College is steeped in tradition. From being the first Black college accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, to the activism and strategy employed during the civil rights movement, the women (Bennett Belles) of Bennett College have strong cultural beliefs. When Dr. Suzanne Walsh was named president in June of 2019, one of her charges was to implement some fairly dramatic change. In this presentation, Dr. Walsh shares her approach and how she relied on the past to bring people to the vision of a new future. She discusses important strategies and concepts including the increasingly popular conversation around ‘anti-fragility’ and how becoming ‘unbreakable’ and stronger through challenges is part of a resilient path forward. 

Guest: Dr. Suzanne Walsh, President, Bennett College

Host: Dr. Mark Milliron, SVP and Executive Dean, WGU Teachers College

Early College High School and DEI Success

El Paso Community College has had tremendous success with its Early College High School program, designed for the ‘bell curve’ of the community. In August of 2012, when current president Dr. William Serrata arrived at the college, there were six Early College High Schools in the program. Today there are 20 Early College High Schools with every school district in the El Paso region involved. The success has been phenomenal, with 72% of El Paso Early College High School students earning their associate degree prior to high school graduation compared to the national average of 22%. In this conversation, the EPCC President shares how setting expectations, working within communities and other strategies led to these successes while also keeping a keen eye on DEI. The results are a community of care that fosters K-20+ student success.

Guest: Dr. William Serrata, President El Paso Community College and President

Host: Dr. Mark Milliron, SVP and Executive Dean, WGU Teachers College

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Today's Classroom

This compelling and timely conversation was recorded as a Facebook live webinar in 2020. The discussion centers around complex subjects many teachers are trying to address successfully across the DEI spectrum. Viewers can experience many learnings from this recording. Focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classrooms, participants share personal stories of challenge and triumph and provide observations for further discussion and reflection. Watch and learn more about how to tackle these topics in your classrooms. 


  • Jason Thompson, Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, WGU 
  • Dr. Mamie Pack, Course Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, WGU Teachers College 
  • Dr. Mark Milliron, SVP and Executive Dean, WGU Teachers College 

Host: Dr. Aaron Popham, Dean and Academic Vice President, WGU Teachers College 

Success Stories

Fusing Dance and Education to Reach Underserved Students

Discover how Zhane Dill was able to use her WGU education to change the lives of students.

Louisiana Teacher Turns Hardship into Leadership

See how Joshua O’Nishea was able to take huge obstacles and turn them into stepping stones toward his future.

Special Ed Teacher's Disability Builds Bond with Students

Discover how Julie Young was able to take her own challenges and use them to connect with students.

Resources for K–12 Teachers: WGU's Hey Teach!

Preparing for a Post-Pandemic Job Interview

Post-Pandemic Interviews

Remote Teaching Resource Center

Online Education

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Explore our Teachers College to see what bachelor's and master's degree programs students can pursue at WGU. We are working to train the next generation of teachers and administrators so together we can build a better educational future.