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.

CIE & Open Society Foundations - 1998 to Present

Since 1998 CIE has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with the Open Society Foundations (OSF) scholarship programs.  Over the years this relationship has brought three different groups of scholars to study at CIE. Dr, Gretchen Rossman, pictured here with Larissa Chekmareva, one of the students from Kazakhstan, has acted as the liaison faculty member with OSF throughout this period.  CIE looks forward to more OSF sponsored students in the future.


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CIE @ CIES 2016 in Vancouver

Once again CIE was well represented at the annual CIES conference – this time in Vancouver, Canada.  CIE sent a group of 22 students and faculty from campus to the meeting where they were joined by another dozen graduates from the program.

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CIE Well Represented at USAID Global Education Summit

CIE was represented by fourteen faculty members, graduates and current students at USAID’s Global Education Summit in Washington, D.C. on November 2-4, 2015. The event drew over 700 USAID Education Officers, partners and education leaders from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America/Caribbean to share knowledge and experience related to USAID’s three Education Goals.

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Social Science Research beyond the Academy

CIE was proud to have three of their students selected to participate in the forum “Social Science Research Beyond the Academy” on campus in April, 2015.

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CIE @ CIES 2015 Washington, D.C.

CIE was represented by a large group at the CIES national conference in Washington, DC. More than 30 students and faculty from the UMass Amherst campus attended.

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Does Watching Help? The Impact of International Monitoring

In 2015, Education for All (EFA) concluded its 25-year cycle and the Global Monitoring Report (GMR) - Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and Challenges - was published with the final assessment of triumph and defeat in reaching the six EFA goals. Professor David Post from Pennsylvania State University was a member of the UNESCO Paris team working on the GMR.

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Development Assistance for Education

Steve Anzalone (Ed.D. 1981) returned to CIE for a Tuesday Dialogue on Development Assistance for Education: TSteve Anzalonerends and Inertia. Steve is currently vice-president of the International Development Division of the Education Development Center (EDC) in Washington DC. He shared his more than 30 years of experience in the field of education development and spoke candidly about the world of donor-assisted interventions to education in developing countries. Steve presented his perspective on current trends in the field of international education development singling out three for discussion.

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Where Are We Going?


CIE Students Attend Harvard’s 20th Annual International Development Conference
in Search of More Questions and Uncharted Paths


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CIE @ CIES 2014 in Toronto

Once again CIE sent a large delegation to the national conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, held this year in Toronto.Over 45 graduates, faculty members and current students attended the conference and well over 30 were on the program.


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INEE Conflict Sensitive Education Workshop

Do education polices and programs ameliorate or exacerbate conflict? Do NGOs and international education agencies sometimes cause more harm than good when executing their programs by disrupting local grievances? These were two of the dominant questions and themes that framed the discussion and training led by Center for International Education graduate Dr. Paul Frisoli and current CIE student Stephen Richardson. 

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