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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. 

Fontaine receives Writing Project award

Dec 06, 2012

Dawn Fontaine, ( M.Ed. 2004),  history teacher at the High School of Commerce and instructional leadership specialist for the Springfield Public Schools, received a prestigious award from the Western Massachusetts Writing Project.

Read the story here.

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Neil Glickman book published

Dec 06, 2012

Neil Glickman (Ph.D. 1993) has had his book, “Deaf Mental Health Care”, published by Routledge. This is his fourth book on the subject of mental health care of deaf persons. Glickman now works as a psychologist with Deaf Services at Advocates, Inc., in Framingham, MA.

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Irizarry wins Chinn book award

Nov 19, 2012

Jason Irizarry (Ed.D.2005) was named the winner of the 2012 Philip C. Chinn Book Award by the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) for his book, “The Latinization of US Schools: Successful teaching and Learning in Shifting Cultural Contexts” (Paradigm, 2011).


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Ouellett honored by POD Network in Higher Education

Nov 09, 2012

Mathew L. Ouellett ( Ed.D. 98), senior lecturer in the Department of Student Development, and associate director of the university’s Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, was recently honored by the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD) with the Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD Award at the organization's annual conference in Seattle.

Browne’s new book

Oct 31, 2012

John Robert Browne (Ed.D. 1975) has written “Walking the Equity Talk, A guide for culturally courageous leadership in school communities”, published by Corwin.


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Wilson (Ed.D. 08) at Capella

Oct 31, 2012

Donna M. Wilson, Ed.D., '08 (Higher Education Policy & Leadership) has joined the graduate faculty in Educational Leadership & Management at Capella University, Minneapolis.  Wilson currently directs the doctoral dissertation research of mid and executive level secondary and post-secondary career educators from across the nation. Her continuing post-secondary research concentrates on organizational behavior and structures, leadership in post-secondary institutions and enhanced training and development for career educators.  Dr.

L. Valdiviezo dissertation published

Aug 16, 2012

Luis Valdiviezo, Ed.D. 2012, social justice education concentration, reports that his dissertation "Afro-Peruvian Critical Perspectives of Intercultural Education Policy" has been published by LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG. The book can be checked on line at Barnes & Noble


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