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Ryan Wells, assistant professor, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, was quoted in an article published in the November 18 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Titled “Benefits for Adjuncts Can Boost Job Satisfaction for All” by Audrey Williams June, the article looks at Wells’ and co-author Paul Umbach’s research paper, "Contingent Contentment? Exploring Job Satisfaction of Four-Year College Part-Time and Full-Time Non-Tenure-Track Faculty."
Ten educators and journalists from Portugal met with School of Education faculty recently to learn about teacher education practices, licensure, and trends and challenges in teacher preparation and evaluation in the United States
Rosalie Pedalino Porter (Ed. D. 1982) has published “American Immigrant: My Life in Three Languages”, iUniverse, 2009. Part personal memoir, part an account of education reform on a national scale, Porter’s book chronicles three decades of professional and political activities on behalf of immigrant children in the U.S. and other countries including Bulgaria, China, Israel, Italy, Japan and Turkey.
The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) named Marcy Prager (B.A. 1973), a first and second grade teacher at Driscoll School in Brookline, Mass., Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year. She was honored at the 89th NCSS Annual Conference in Atlanta, Ga., in November.
School of Education Professor Emerita and multicultural and bi-lingual education expert Sonia Nieto recently gave her annual presentation to students in EDUC 377 “Intro to Multicultural Education.” Dr. Nieto talked about the case studies of multicultural students across the country that are noted in her book, Affirming Diversity: the Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education, which is going into its 6th edition. The studies are models for the final cultural profile project students complete at the end of the academic year.
The School of Education is one of four lead partners, with Westfield State College, the Hampshire Educational Collaborative, and the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, in the recently established Pioneer Valley Readiness Center.
The purpose of the center, as charged by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, is to provide professional development and instructional services to educators at all levels and targeted assistance to improve districts and schools.
Dr. Alan Bloomgarden (Ed.D. 2009) has received the Dissertation of the Year Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), an international nonprofit membership organization devoted to promoting research and discussion about service-learning and community engagement. This award is given annually to one dissertation that advances research through rigorous and innovative inquiry. Bloomgarden’s dissertation is titled “Prestige Culture and Community-Based Faculty Work."
Mishy Lesser (Ed.D. 1996) tells people that she first personally experienced terrorism on September 11. She pauses, and clarifies: September 11, 1973.