On December 19, College of Education Dean, Christine B. McCormick, will begin her service as a member of the Massachusetts Special Commission on Civic Engagement and Learning. Dean McCormick was appointed to the commission by Governor Deval Patrick. The Commission, established by the state legislature, has an ambitious charge, including “assessment of the status of civic education from kindergarten through undergraduate college education . . .
Robert Maloy, senior lecturer, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, announced that resourcesforhistoryteachers, a wiki founded and administered by Maloy, is the national runner-up in the Best Educational Wiki category in the 2011 Edublogs Awards. Edublogs is a national organization that has recognized educational technology work since 2004.
Rich Lapan, professor, Department of Student Development, has been named to a new task force formed by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to address career readiness.
The Integrating College and Career Readiness Task Force, comprising local business, education and community leaders, is charged with helping all students become ready for post-secondary education and viable career pathways . It will be responsible for developing recommendations for better integrating college and career readiness in to K-12 education.
Professor Emeritus David Schimmel, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, received the 2011 M.A. McGhehey Award for “outstanding contributions to the field of education law and service” from the Education Law Association. Through his scholarship, Schimmel provides insight into a range of legal issues and bridges theory, policy and practice domains with particular emphasis on the role of teachers and administrators.
Kysa Nygreen, assistant professor, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum studies, was awarded an Early Career Presidential Fellowship by the Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE), a section of the American Anthropological Association. CAE Presidential Fellowships are intended to support professional development and mentoring in the field of educational anthropology for scholars early in their academic careers.
Associate professor Kathleen Davis, assistant professor Sandra Madden and senior lecturer Barbara Madeloni, all of the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies (TECS), Stephen Schneider from the College of Natural Sciences, and Paula Sturdevant Rees, School of Engineering, were awarded a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a NOYCE Teaching Fellowship project: “Supporting STEM Teaching and Learning through Communities (S2TLC).” The grant was accompanied by $1.5 million in matching contributions from the University and project partners.
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.