The Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies is nested within, and an extension of, the broader community. Our work is about community building and renewal--about advancing sustainable patterns of human flourishing. We strive to strengthen bonds between our department, the university, and the larger community, including families, schools, and civic organizations. Our actions rest on a belief that authentic engagement forms the basis of constructive, collaborative relationships. Toward this end, we strive to develop in ourselves and in our students an ethic of care, attentiveness, and service.