The Masha Kabakow Rudman
Issues in Children's Literature Collection
at UMass Amherst Libraries
College of Education Professor Emerita DR. MASHA K. RUDMAN G’70 is one of the first scholars to have studied children's literature from an issues approach. She has donated her collection of more than 8,000 volumes of juvenile literature and related scholarly references to UMass Amherst Libraries.
In his article, “Rap Universal”: Using Multimodal Media Production to Develop ICT Literacies”, published in the May 2011 issue of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, assistant professor K.C. Nat Turner illustrates how teachers in an urban public school in one of northern California’s most impoverished, lowest performing districts taught students to use multimodal media production (MMP) as a relevant sociocultural practice that demanded school-based literacies.
David Schimmel, professor emeritus, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, writes about the benefits to educators who learn about school law and to schools that have legally literate staff and administration. Read the article in Education Week.
“PAVEd for Success- Building Vocabulary and Language Development in Young Learners” by Claire E. Hamilton, associate professor, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, and Paula J. Schwanenflugel, University of Georgia, has been published by Brookes.
Called a “road map to school readiness for preschool and kindergarten students,” the book is based on K-PAVE, a kindergarten vocabulary instruction program developed by Hamilton and Schwanenflugel, that has been shown to have positive impact on the vocabulary and academic achievement of kindergarten students.
College of Education Professor Emerita Sonia Nieto has been selected as a Laureate of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), the international education honor society established in 1911 to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. Membership in the KDP Laureate chapter is limited to 60 people who, by their lives and work, exemplify the highest ideals of education. Nieto joins Margaret Mead, Albert Einstein, Jean Piaget and other distinguished individuals as a KDP Laureate
Distinguished Professor Ronald Hambleton, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, received the Robert L. Linn Award for his outstanding contributions to measurement and educational policy including his work in the areas of test adaptation methodology, international assessment, item response theory, score reporting, and setting performance standards at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA.) As the recipient of the award, he has been invited to address the AERA’s 2012 annual meeting in Vancouver.
Sangeeta Kamat, associate professor, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, has been invited to become a member of the Advisory Committee of the Global Forum on Indian Higher Education, an initiative of the Australia-India Institute at the University of Melbourne in Australia, with the support of other institutions, both in India and elsewhere. This initiative involves the creation of a web-based Global Forum on Indian Higher Education (GFIHE) designed to stimulate conversations around policy developments in Indian higher education.
Carey Dimmitt, associate professor, Department of Student Development, has been named a recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award for exemplary teaching at the highest institutional level by the UMass Amherst Provost’s Office and the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development. For more than 30 years UMass Amherst has conferred this teaching award that recognizes and honors individual excellence. It is the campus’ most prestigious prize for classroom instruction.
Stephen Sireci, College of Education professor, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, was awarded the 2010 Thomas F. Donlon Memorial Award for Distinguished Mentoring from the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA.) The award is given in recognition of Donlon’s long and valued contributions to NERA, particularly as a mentor, and is awarded to an individual identified for distinguished mentoring.