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Nieto named Fellow of American Educational Research Association

Oct 01, 2011

The American Educational Research Association has announced that College of Education professor emerita Sonia Nieto has been elected a Fellow of the AERA in recognition of her exceptional scholarly contribution to education research in the field of multicultural and bilingual education.

The AERA Fellows Program honors education researchers with substantial research accomplishments. The fellowship conveys the Association’s commitment to excellence in research and emphasizes to new scholars the importance of sustained research in the field of education

Sireci speaks to WFCR about state graduation rates.

Sep 29, 2011

WFCR’s Susan Kaplan spoke with Stephen Sireci, professor in the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration and the director of the College of Education’s Center for Educational Assessment about state graduation rates. Hear the interview.


Patricia Griffin named recipient of R. Tait McKenzie Award

Sep 16, 2011

Patricia Griffin, professor emerita, College of Education, has been named a recipient of the 2011 R. Tait McKenzie Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). The award provides the means through which the Alliance recognizes significant contributions of its members made outside the framework of the Alliance, but which reflect prestige, honor, and dignity on the Alliance. Named after the distinguished Canadian physician, sculptor and physical educator, Dr. R.

Matos and Valdiviezo awarded PSEGs

Sep 05, 2011

Laura Valdiviezo and Nelida Matos have been awarded Public Service Endowment Grants by the UMass Amherst Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement. The awards are intended to enhance the public service mission of the campus. Grants support projects that deliver public services through special projects with an emphasis on converting knowledge into readily usable forms for immediate applications.

Kevin Nugent authors “Your Baby is Speaking to You”

Sep 02, 2011

A trailer for “Your Baby is Speaking to You - A Visual Guide to the Amazing Behaviors of Your Newborn and Growing Baby” by Kevin Nugent, professor, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, is featured on the home page of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s web site http://www.hmhbooks.com. The trailer is also on YouTube.

Turner and Sullivan’s paper presented at Australian conference

Aug 30, 2011

K.C. Nat Turner and Florence Sullivan, assistant professors in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies (TECS), co-authored “Multiliteracies in Multi-user Virtual Environments (MUVE’s),” which Turner presented at the Fifth International Conference on Multimodality, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia in December 2010. “As my research is focused on multimodal media production in the development of multi-literacies, the conference was a unique opportunity to come together with scholars in the field from all over the globe,” Turner said.

Hamilton develops achievement boosting instruction program

Aug 25, 2011

Associate professor Claire Hamilton and Paula J. Schwanenflugel of the University of Georgia have developed K-PAVE, a kindergarten vocabulary instruction program that has been shown to have positive impact on the vocabulary and academic achievement of kindergarten students.

Madden’s article in Nov. issue of “Mathematics Teacher”

Aug 20, 2011

Assistant professor Sandra R. Madden’s article “Designing Mathematical Learning Environments for Teachers” appeared in the November 2010 issue of Mathematics Teacher. The article suggests that scaffolding tasks can help increase teachers’ comfort and competence with technology.

Maloy wins website design award

Aug 16, 2011

Robert Maloy, senior lecturer, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, has received the 2010 Webbie Award from Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE) organization for the website “Resources for History Teachers.” MassCUE launched the Webbie Awards in 2007 to recognize excellence in school web site design at the classroom, building and district level.

Dr. Sonia Nieto Scholarship Fund in Multicultural and Bilingual Education

Aug 15, 2011

Sonia Nieto, UMass Amherst College of Education Professor Emerita, is highly regarded as a leader in the field of multicultural and bilingual education. Her numerous awards include the Henry T. Trueba Lifetime Achievement Award, the Distinguished Career Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Committee on Scholars of Color in Education, the American Educational Research Association Division K Legacy Award, and the College of Education Award of Distinction.


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