The Georgia Professional Standards Commission has selected Dr. Cindi Chance, Dean of the Georgia Regents University College of Education, to help lead a grant program focused on transforming the state’s educator preparation and entry systems to the profession.
For the next two years, Chance will work with other academic leaders in Georgia on the Council of Chief State School Officers. Through its Network for Transforming Educator Preparation Initiative, the group will identify key areas they can improve to ensure teachers and principals are prepared to help students meet raised expectations.
“We have a responsibility to ensure educators are prepared to help students have successful academic careers and become lifelong learners,” said Chance. “I look forward to working with educators, preparation programs, institutions of higher education, non-profit and for-profit education providers, and districts and individual schools to improve the way we prepare our educator workforce.”
Chance has been Dean of the GRU College of Education since 2012, having previously served as Dean of the College of Education at Georgia Southern University and the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.
Prior to her work in Louisiana, she served in leadership roles at the University of Memphis, including Assistant Dean, Director of Undergraduate Curriculum and Teacher Education, and Associate Dean. Chance also spent 10 years as a classroom teacher and eight years as a principal in Milan, Tenn.
Chance recently completed a three-year term on the board of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and presently serves as the Executive Director of the Georgia AACTE. Her research for the past 15 years has been in global education. She has researched countries whose P-12 students outscore American youth, and she completed a Fulbright Specialist experience in Wuhan, China.
Chance holds degrees from Lambuth College, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Memphis.