Alumni News

New book by Katz and Miller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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