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Valdiviezo Discusses Teaching, Testing, Learning in Radio Interview

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

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

Leadership Transition for the Center for International Education

January 12, 2016

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

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

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

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.

Botelho a Founding Member of Doors to the World

Maria José Botelho, associate professor, is a founding member of Doors to the World: Global Children’s Literature for Critical Multicultural Literacies, a collaborative project that will launch its multimodal resource website in April 2016. The site will feature teacher-designed mini-units that re/contextualize global children’s picture books as entry points for deepening children’s understanding of themselves and their worlds. This project is supported by a grant from the Longview Foundation.

Doors to the World is a Five College Partnerships project.

Berger appointed chair of global higher education initiative

Joseph B. Berger, professor and Senior Associate Dean, UMass Amherst College of Education, was appointed chair of the Global Higher Education & Research Global Challenge (GHEAR), an initiative of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), a global higher education and research network comprising 18 universities and spanning 11 countries on five continents. WUN works to drive international research collaboration and address issues of global significance. Its initiatives are supported by partners such as the United Nations Foundation, World Bank, OECD and World Health Organization.

In Memoriam: Louis "Lou" Fischer, faculty member and former acting Dean of the UMass College of Education

Louis Fischer, 91, died on July 29, 2015, after a short illness. He was born in 1924 near the Czech-Hungarian border to Hungarian Jewish parents. In 1939, Lou, his two older brothers, and his mother fled Hungary and moved to Lorain, Ohio, where he completed a K-12 American education in two years.

After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in Papua, New Guinea and participated in the landing in the Philippines, where he was wounded and spent 11 months recovering.

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