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Delegation from Portugal learns about U.S. education during visit to School of Education

Feb 25, 2010

Ten educators and journalists from Portugal met with College of Education faculty recently to learn about teacher education practices, licensure, and trends and challenges in teacher preparation and evaluation in the United States

Porter publishes new book

Feb 20, 2010

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.

Prager Named Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year

Feb 12, 2010

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.

Dr. Sonia Nieto gives annual presentation to EDUC 377 students

Jan 30, 2010

College 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 named partner in Pioneer Valley Readiness Center.

Jan 05, 2010

The College 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.

Dissertation of the Year Award to Bloomgarden (Ed.D. 2009)

Jan 01, 2010

 

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."

Lesser visits Chilean family that saved her life

Dec 25, 2009

Mishy Lesser (Ed.D. 1996) tells people that she first personally experienced terrorism on September 11. She pauses, and clarifies: September 11, 1973.

Dr. Craig N. Mills Promoted

Jun 15, 2009

 

Dr. Craig N. Mills (Ed.D. 1982) has been promoted to vice president of examinations at American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in recognition of his leadership and contributions to the profession. A prominent psychometrician and a pioneer in the computerization of testing, Dr. Mills was responsible for the transition of the CPA examination from pencil-and-paper to a computerized format.

Prior to joining AICPA, Dr. Mills directed the computerization of the GRE General Test for the Educational Testing Service, which he joined in 1986.

Can COE Alum Evan Dobelle Remake Westfield?

May 03, 2009

From The Hartford Courant
Pursuing Vision of a College Town
By Tom Condon
May 3, 2009

It's hard to get more post-industrial than Westfield, Mass. It is called the "Whip City" because of the buggy whips that were made there when horsepower was measured by the horse. That of course was a long time ago. The town has nice neighborhoods and other businesses, but the moribund downtown suggests it hasn't fully recovered from the onslaught of the newfangled automobile.

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