Professional Development

CIEstudents participate in a wide array of professional development activities during their degree programs. Some of these are on campus at Tuesday Dialogues or at other locations at UMass. Others involve attending national conferences, regional conferences, workshops and conferences in the region.

Online Graduate Courses in Early Grade Reading

The International Education concentration at UMass Amherst is offering two 12-week online graduate courses in Spring 2017: How Children Learn to Read and The Role of Community and Family for Supporting Early Grade Reading.  



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Publishing in academic journals – Bjorn Nordtveit

At the request of students, CIE faculty member Bjorn Nordtveit led a discussion at a Tuesday meeting on how the academic publishing process works and tips for submitting articles to academic journals.


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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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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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A Revolutionary Practice of Community Storytelling for Social Change

CIE graduate Kathleen Cash (Ed.D. 1982) returned to Amherst for a Tuesday Dialogue to share her work using storytelling and narrative as a powerful method of changing the public conversation and behaviors around issues of HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, violence against women and girls, and children’s rights.


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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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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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