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Hutchinson is Provost and VP for Academic Affairs at CSU Channel Islands

Sep 24, 2013

Gayle Hutchinson (Ed.D. 1990) recently assumed the role of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at CSU Channel Islands. She previously served as Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at CSU, Chico. She was Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Chair of the CSU, Chico Academic Senate. In 2005, Hutchinson was selected as one of 39 faculty members and administrators nationwide for the American Council of Education (ACE) Fellows Program, which prepares senior leaders for higher education leadership.

Wilson wins Shank Award

Jun 10, 2013

Donna M. Wilson (Ed.D. '08) of Durham, NC, was honored with the Stephen Shank Award for Excellence in Teaching in April from Capella University, Minneapolis. Wilson is a member of the graduate faculty in Capella's online doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Management where she directs dissertation research of secondary and post-secondary educators.

Excellence in teaching awards go to our alums

Jun 07, 2013

College of Education alumni are among educators who have been named winners of Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards for 2013: Kimberly Scudder (M.Ed. 1986), a special education teacher in Frontier Regional and Union 38 Schools; Tracy M. Creek (M.Ed 2008), a history teacher in the Greenfield Public Schools; Janet Morales (M.Ed. 2013), a former ACCELA participant, and an English Language Learner support teacher for Grades 6-8 at the Maurice Donahue School in Holyoke. Congratulations! (The teaching awards are supported by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation.)

Alumni Stephen H. Grant to give presentation

May 23, 2013

Stephen GrantOn the occasion of his 50th reunion at Amherst College, Stephen H. Grant (Ed.D. 1972) will give a presentation at the college on "Henry Clay Folger and Amherst" on June 1 in Buckley Recital Hall. Folger, an Amherst College 1879 alumnus, founded the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. in 1932, considered the largest literary gift in American history.

New book by Katz and Miller

May 02, 2013

In their latest book, “Opening Doors to Teamwork & Collaboration: 4 Keys that Change EVERYTHING”, Judith H. Katz (Ed.D. 1976) and Frederick A. Miller build on 30 years of success with Inclusion as the HOW®, their foundational mindset for accelerating results in organizations. Katz and Miller describe four simple behavioral guidelines that transform the way people leverage their talents and differences in order to foster better collaboration: lean into discomfort, listen as an ally, state your intent and intensity, share your street corner.

Fred Bemak wins Kitty Cole Human Rights Award

Apr 14, 2013

Fred Bemak (Ed.D. 1975), a professor in the Graduate College of Education and the director of the Diversity Research and Action Center at George Mason University, was honored by the American Counseling Association as winner of the Kitty Cole Human Rights Award.  The award honors an American Counseling Association member who has made significant contributions in one or more areas of the broad spectrum of human rights.

Alumni Win Teaching Awards

Apr 12, 2013

Two College of Education alumni are among eight Franklin County educators who have been named winners of Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards for 2013. Kimberly Scudder (M.Ed. 1986), a special education teacher in Frontier Regional and Union 38 Schools, and Tracy M. Creek (M.Ed 2008), a history teacher in the Greenfield Public Schools, will receive their awards on April 25 along with teachers from Hampshire County schools. The teaching awards are supported by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation.

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Janet Morales received award

Mar 29, 2013

Janet Morales (M.Ed. 2013), a former ACCELA participant, received a Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award (formerly known as the Harold Grinspoon Award.) Morales is an English Language Learner support teacher for Grades 6-8 at the Maurice  Donahue School in Holyoke. The Holyoke Public Schools website describes Morales this way: “She is not only respected by colleagues, classroom teachers and administrators; but she is also loved by former and current students and their parents.

Yvonne Hilyard wins a 2013 excellence in teaching award

Mar 15, 2013

Yvonne Hilyard (M.Ed. 2008), a second and third grade science teacher at Morgan School, Holyoke, is one of seven recipients of the 2013 Pioneer Valley Awards for Excellence in Education. The award, supported by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, rewards exceptional public and parochial school teacher in our region and is meant to encourage them to remain in the teaching field.

Mishy Lesser’s Rwanda film looks at violence and forgiving

Jan 15, 2013

BOSTON - The film called “Coexist” is set in Rwanda , but the story of genocide in that East African country has much to teach about violence and reconciliation here.

University of Massachusetts graduate Mishy Lesser and her filmmaking partner Adam Mazo are hoping to raise enough money so that even more can see the film that they are screening and discussing at film festivals, colleges, high and middle schools. 

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