Fall 2016/Spring 2017

Studying teachers of Syrian refugees in Jordan – Michael Acosta

Michael Acosta spent a year in Jordan on a Boren Fellowship during which he studied Arabic, carried out a research project with teachers on Syrian refugee students and worked with a group of American high school students studying Arabic in a summer program.

 

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Views from the field - Valerie Haugen

CIE graduate Valerie Haugen (Ed.D. 1997) held an informal dialogue with students and faculty on a Tuesday afternoon following the Montague House ribbon cutting ceremony, sharing from her rich and diverse experience as an educational development consultant who has worked in multiple fields in 35 countries particularly in Asia and Africa

 

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Collaborative problem-solving: Support for early grade reading teachers in Nepal

Debuting a new Tuesday Dialogue session format that is very much in line with CIE’s participatory approaches, faculty member Cristine Smith facilitated a problem-solving activity about an issue she has been facing in an early grade reading project in Nepal.

 

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Official opening of renovated Montague House

On Tuesday, November 29th the University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the newly renovated Montague House as the new home for the Center for International Education. A crowd of well-wishers gathered in a tent on the lawn in front of Montague to hear the Chancellor of UMass Amherst and other speakers celebrate the occasion.

 

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Joe Berger conducts higher education leadership workshop in Somaliland

Joe Berger recently travelled to Somaliland to conduct a needs assessment and meet with university representatives from higher education institutions in Somaliland, Puntland, South-Central Somalia, and Ethiopia.

 

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Supporting mother tongue literacy for refugees in Chad – Eunice Kua

Eunice Kua worked to help develop mother tongue literacy programs among Darfur refugees in eastern Chad prior to coming to CIE. She reflects on her experience and the issues it raised.

 

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Gretchen Rossman publishes new editions of her best-selling books on Qualitative Inquiry

Gretchen Rossman recently published new editions of Designing Qualitative Research and Introduction to Qualitative Research, both popular books for students learning about the process of qualitative research.

 

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University Support & Workforce Development in Afghanistan – Javid Mussawy

Sayed Ahmad Javid Mussawy spent the summer working to develop quality enhancement and accreditation procedures with the Ministry of Higher Education in Afghanistan.

 

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Program review for Peace Corps in Moldova – Betsy Vegso

Betsy Vegso worked with Peace Corps in Moldova during the summer where she reviewed program and training functions and developed recommendations related to program management.

 

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Bjorn Nordtveit publishes book on “Schools as Protection"

CIE faculty member Bjorn Nordtveit has authored a book on child protection titled Schools as protection?: Reinventing education in contexts of adversity, published by Springer in 2016.

 

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