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School of Education professors Lisa A. Keller and Jennifer Randall, both in the Department fo Educational Policy, Research and Administration, have been accepted into the American Educaitonal Research Administration (AERA) Statistics Institute for Faculty.
This initiative of the AERA grants program, which is supported by the National Science Foundation, is intended to help develop a critical mass of U.S. education researchers using large-scale federal data sets, especially those sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies.
The Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Test for Math and Reading (MAPT), developed by the School of Education’s Center for Educational Assessment in cooperation with state education officials, has earned a top score from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE).
The federal Office of Vocational and Adult Education has given the test a seven-year approval for use in the National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS) – an outcome-based reporting system for state-administered, federally funded adult education programs.
Sally Campbell Galman, assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, is quoted in an article in the February 2010 edition of Anthropology News in the Society for Anthropology of Work column. The article talks about a roundtable offered at the 2009 American Anthropological Association’s meeting in Philadelphia titled “Balancing Children and the Academy from Grad School to Tenure,” in which scholars, including Galman, who are also parents, share their experiences.
Ronald Hambleton, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, has been chosen to receive the prestigious Jacob Cohen Award for Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring from Division 5 of the American Psychological Association.
The Jacob Cohen Award recognizes demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentoring as well as educators who positively influence students in Division 5-based areas and in contributing through teaching and mentoring in public forums, such as workshops, conference presentations, and publications.
“Transforming Learning with New Technologies,” written by the School of Education’s Robert W. Maloy, senior lecturer, Ruth-Ellen Verock-O’Laughlin, lecturer, and Sharon A. Edwards, clinical faculty member, and Beverly Park Woolf, research professor in Computer Science, has been published by Pearson.
A study by Rebecca Gajda, associate professor, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, in the International Journal of Public Administration was the publication’s most viewed article last year.
“‘Communities of Practice’ as an Analytical Construct: Implications for Theory and Practice” was co-authored by Christopher Koliba of the University of Vermont. The article was published last January.
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J. Kevin Nugent, professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, gave the keynote address at “The infant, the family and the modern world: Intervening to promote healthy relationships,” the 2009 joint conference of the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health and the Australian Marcé Society, in Melbourne, Australia, in October.
Dr. Davis Receives Public Service Endowment Award to implement energy curriculum project in Springfield schools
Kathleen Davis, associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, is a recipient of a Public Service Endowment Award from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Public Service Endowment Grant, intended to enhance the public service mission of UMass Amherst, funds the delivery of public services through special projects with an emphasis on converting knowledge into readily usable forms for immediate applications. This year, the awards were given to projects that related to outreach and engagement in Greater Springfield.
Carey Dimmitt, professor in the Department of Student Development and Pupil Personnel Studies, will participate with faculty from 21 UMass Amherst departments in Commonwealth College’s Advanced Honors Seminars designed to prepare the college’s students for their independent research and capstone projects. Dr. Dimmitt’s seminar is titled "EffectiveTeaching PreK-16: What Works?"