December 16, 2010 | | Leave a comment Lesley University (LU), which is located in Massachusetts, recently announced the launch of new initiative called the National Center for Teachers, Counselors and School Leaders. The program is is intended to foster better connections between educators while forming partnerships that help enhance classroom learning. “Through this National Center we will serve as a resource to current and future classroom teachers as well as build bridges with individual schools, districts and other education organizations,” said Joseph B. Moore, the school’s president. The school currently offers master’s degree programs in 23 states as well as online. Furthermore, college officials said that the university has partnerships with 47 school districts in 10 states through literacy programs. They added that throughout Massachusetts the institution is creating professional development programs in math and special education. For instance, LU recently partnered with Tacoma Community College in Washington to offer a bachelor’s degree program in special and elementary education. Officials from LU said that the goal is to make education that involves problem solving and critical thinking skills more accessible to children.