“My name is Katie Rieser, and I come to UEP after ten years in education — 7 as a teacher and 3 as a Director of Curriculum at a school. So far, it’s been a thrill to dive back into UEP after many years spent outside of higher education, so I’m pleased to share a day in my life with you.
“Every day in UEP is slightly different, as the program prepares us for work analyzing data, writing policy papers, working in education reform organizations, and, of course, going to class.
“Since the days in my week are so different, I’ll use a typical Wednesday to share with you. On any given Wednesday, I wake up around 6:30 in the morning, make myself a glass of tea, and quickly scan my email for anything important that may have popped up overnight. Then, I jump into my car and drive to Central Falls, RI, for my internship at The Learning Community Charter Schools. My office in the charter school is deep in the weeds of starting a new graduate school of education in Rhode Island, the first to be affiliated with a full time working elementary school. At The Learning Community, I analyze data, conduct research on best practices in teacher education, and contribute where I can in meetings.
“At around noon, I jump back in my car and drive home, where I usually pack a quick lunch and snacks for my afternoon classes. I then hop on my bicycle (if the weather is nice) and head down Hope St. to Brown. I take two classes on Wednesdays: a theoretical sociology class about race and ethnicity, and a required UEP statistics course. Both classes are helping me to shape the way I think about my internship, and my work beyond UEP. After so many years ‘in the field’, my courses have been a welcome chance for me to think deeply about the daily work that I do and fill out my understanding of my work with more concrete knowledge and sources. Although my professors are quite different, they are similar in their openness to students; they’ve been so encouraging and supportive of my work.
“Typically, my classes on Wednesdays end around 6:30 PM, making for a long and eventful day (and a typical one in the education sector). I then hop back on my bike and head home, where I have dinner with my wife, read or watch some TV, and head to bed.
“On other days of the week, you can find me studying in the graduate student section of the library, collaborating on group projects with members of my cohort, chatting with my professors in office hours, at home writing papers, or working at my part-time job in Boston as a Lecturer of English Methods for new teachers at Harvard Graduate School of Education. I can honestly say that, as a mid-career professional, the UEP masters program has been a really wonderful chance to explore and expand my current thinking and skillsets. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions–UEP ambassadors can put you in touch!”