In an effort to highlight the unique mission of the programs offered in BYU’s David O. McKay Building, four new displays have recently been completed. These displays, designed by Paul Wangemann, associate director of the Center for Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling, are intended to reflect the goals of the David O. McKay School of Education, as well as the teachings of President David O. McKay himself.
“Our overall intent was to create a sense of why any student would choose the McKay School of Education to prepare for their career as an educator,” said Wangemann. Each of the four displays looks at some of the key aspects that would support that decision to become a part of the McKay School.
The first display, located on the south stairwell between the first and second floors, highlights President McKay’s core teachings surrounding education. Instead of focusing purely on reading, writing, and arithmetic, McKay wanted educators to embed in their students what he referred to as the three Cs—citizenship, conduct, and character. These principles are a unique focus of the McKay School and will help point graduates towards a lifetime of service in the field of education.
This display is an updated version of an older exhibit. When the school decided to revise its displays, it was decided that McKay’s three Cs were “too central of a message for the McKay School to lose,” said Wangemann.
In the space under the north stairwell, the school’s second display asks the question, “Do I feel called to be a teacher?” The display defines a calling to be a teacher as a “deep-seated belief that teaching is the only profession that makes sense for you to pursue.” This display also draws attention to the common reasons why people feel called to become a teacher, including “a passion for a particular subject matter,” “an inner desire to teach,” and a desire to “help young people grow and flourish.” This display aims to help students recognize an inner calling to teach and act on that calling.
Why should a student choose the McKay School of Education to help them achieve their goals as an educator? The new third display, titled “Becoming an Educator at the David O. McKay School of Education,” aims to answer this question. The display, which can be found in the center of the McKay Building’s first floor, touches upon the McKay’s School’s history, the school’s programs and degrees, partnerships with local public schools, and more. This informative infographic helps to show why the David O. McKay School of Education stands out.
“Jesus was a teacher. That single fact, more than any other, lends great dignity to the subject of teaching and establishes a great ideal for those who teach.” This quote from Boyd K. Packer encompasses the theme of the fourth and final new display, which can be seen under the building’s south stairwell. This display features rotating stories from faculty about inspiring teachers from their past and is composed of several paintings depicting Christ’s ministry. The new display is intended to encourage students to model their teaching after the Savior, focusing on individual needs, asking inspired questions, and speaking in terms that their students will understand.
Not only do these new displays liven up the walls of the building, but they also help remind those enrolled in the David O. McKay School of Education of the school’s purpose and mission—to prepare students to become educators with an eternal perspective.
Writer: Cole Witbeck
Contact: Cindy Glad (801) 422-1922