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MEITE Newsletter: Director’s Message

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The MEITE program is entering an exciting time, as we are advancing in our work to “prepare leaders who produce, utilize, and analyze high-impact educational innovations for the social good across the public and private sectors.” Currently, we are actively recruiting the next cohort of MEITE students who will Propel the World through educational innovations. With the launch of the School of Education’s new website, MEITE has a valuable recruitment tool for prospective students. And, with the addition of Aliyah Benton, MEITE now has a full-time advisor dedicated to recruiting students with diverse experiences, which will ultimately strengthen the classroom experiences and grow the MEITE network. 


We recently revised our program of study — broken into four distinct tracks that include The Edupreneur, The Learning Engineer, The Innovative Specialist, and The Human-Machine Interactionist — that will provide students with a clear pathway for enrolling in courses focused on developing area-specific expertise. 


This semester, we plan to publish MEITE’s first iBook, which will include chapters authored by students in my EDUC 767: Seminar I class last semester. The chapters highlight the students’ areas of interest along with being a springboard into ideas that they are interested in developing. I hope this iBook will help to serve as a catalyst for future MEITE students in developing their own ideas and as an “inside look” into the program for prospective students. 


Building on that seminar course, students will continue to refine their ideas in the spring before bringing them to life during the summer. Remember, MEITE culminates in a presentation of those ideas on the last Friday in July. Mark your calendars now. I hope to see many of you there! 


In closing, I appreciate the support from the MEITE community, particularly our alumni. Their willingness to provide insights into MEITE, attend events, and become more involved in the program has been wonderful and encouraging for our future! Having a strong alumni network is a crucial component of the program’s success, and I’m grateful! Please be on the outlook for invitations to future MEITE events! 


We are looking forward to an innovative start to the year! 


All the best, 


Todd Cherner, Ph.D. 
Director of the Master of Arts in Educational Innovation, Technology, Entrepreneurship Program