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Wells named ISSR scholar

Mar 13, 2016

Ryan Wells, education policy, research and administration, was named one of seven 2016-2017 Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) Scholars. ISSR's mission is to promote excellence in social science research. One of its goals, served by the scholars program, is to strengthen existing social science infrastructure on campus in order to stimulate high-quality scholarship and interdisciplinary collaboration. Wells' research focuses on college access and success for underrepresented students.

Kimball named Family Research Scholar

Mar 07, 2016

Ezekiel Kimball,  assistant professor, educational policy, research and administration, was named a 2016-17 Family Research Scholar by the UMass Amherst Center for Research on Families (CRF). CRF noted that Kimball’s proposed project, “Academic Self-Concept & Parental Involvement in the Postsecondary Outcomes of Students with Disabilities,” is “tremendously important and relevant” to its mission.

Woodland to work with Pakistani educators

Feb 28, 2016

Rebecca Woodland, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, was awarded a $32,300 subcontract from the UMass Amherst Donahue Institute for the Instructional Leadership for Pakistani Educators Project, which will take place this summer.

 

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Austin Honored by Heritage Language Group

Feb 09, 2016

Theresa Austin, languages, literacy and culture, was recognized at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Heritage Language Special Interest Group in San Diego.

For her scholarship and leadership over the past six years, she was awarded a plaque honoring her contributions to heritage language education and research.

 

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Valdiviezo Discusses Teaching, Testing, Learning in Radio Interview

Feb 09, 2016

Laura A. Valdiviezo, associate professor of language, literacy and culture in the College of Education, discussed “Rethinking Testing, Teaching and Learning in Education” during a recent interview on New England Public Radio.

She urged listeners to evaluate testing not as an educational tool but as a profitable multibillion-dollar industry, and instead to pay due and much needed attention to the central role quality teaching and learning play in the construction of equity in education.

UMass Amherst Education Professor Co-edits Journal on 50-Year Impact of Pivotal 1965 Education Law

Feb 09, 2016

Kathryn A. McDermott, professor in education policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has co-edited a 50-year retrospective on the impact of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).

McDermott was joined by David A. Gamson of Pennsylvania State University, and Douglas S. Reed of Georgetown University in editing the current issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, and in writing the lead article, “The Elementary and Secondary Education Act at Fifty: Aspirations, Effects, and Limitations.”

Leadership Transition at CIE

Jan 21, 2016

Leadership Transition for the Center for International Education

January 12, 2016

Galman’s Spencer supports research on gender-nonconforming resilience experiences

Jan 07, 2016

Sally Campbell Galman received a one-year, $36,000 award from the Spencer Foundation for a new research project, Understanding young, gender-nonconforming children’s resilience experiences across child-life contexts. “Many of the stories we hear about transgender and gender nonconforming young people focus on the statistics about alienation, homelessness, suicide, academic failure, and so one, “ said Galman. “This study aims to go beyond the sad stories and cautionary talks to look at the resiliency, resistance and self-expression.

McDermott is co-editor of RSF journal issue

Dec 20, 2015

Kathryn A. McDermott, professor, education policy, is the co-editor with David A Gamson, The Pennsylvania State University, and Douglass S.

Green Joins NEPR Foundation Board of Directors

Nov 22, 2015

Keisha L. Green, assistant professor, was named to the board of directors of the New England Public Radio Foundation, an independent, nonprofit organization that raises funds for the station.

On the faculty of the teacher education and curriculum studies department since 2013, Green co-coordinates the English language arts (ELA) Secondary Teacher Education Program. In that role, she works with linguistically and culturally diverse youth as well as ELA teachers in the Springfield, Holyoke and Amherst school districts.

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