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Woodland delivered address at state conference

Rebecca H. Woodland, associate professor, College of Education’s Department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration, delivered an invited address on October 11, 2013 at the fall conference of the Massachusetts School Psychologists Association in Norwood, MA. Her presentation, The Massachusetts’ Model System of Educator Evaluation: The Rationale & Rhetoric Behind the Rubrics, examined the attributes, advantages and challenges of the Commonwealth's recently launched statewide educator evaluation system.

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Davis and Hruska receive Public Service Endowment Grants

Two faculty-led projects from the College of Education were awarded two of the five Public Service Endowment Grants sponsored by the UMass Amherst vice chancellor for Research and Engagement. The five projects focus on violence prevention and education in health, science and language arts in the region. The awards are intended to enhance the public service mission of the campus by translating faculty and staff research for use that benefits community partners while engaging them in the process.

College receives Obama-Singh award

UMass Amherst College of Education is one of four U.S. institutions of higher education that has received the highly competitive 2013 Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative award. The College’s project, “Inclusive Universities: Linking Diversity, Equity and Excellence for the 21st Century”, studies and analyzes the changing student demographic in Indian public higher education institutions and seeks to identify relevant educational and institutional practices and policies that are responsive to new and vulnerable student populations in ways that advance academic excellence.

Turner recognized by New England Resource Center for Higher Education

New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE ) announced the selection of assistant professor K.C. Nat Turner, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, as one of six finalists for the 2013 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty. The award recognizes a faculty member who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement.

Maloy and Edwards published in New England Journal of History

An article by senior lecturer Robert Maloy and clinical faculty member Sharon Edwards appears in the Fall 2012/Spring 2013 issue of The New England Journal of History. Titled “Tag Bundles, Education Boards, and Internet Playlists: Constructing Historical Biographies Using Social Bookmarking Technologies”, the article is summarized by the Journal’s editor as follows: “(The authors) share an exciting educational strategy: using Internet social bookmarking techniques in the classroom.

CSCORE renamed in honor of Dr. Fredrickson

On Saturday, May 4, 2013,  80 people gathered  in the UMass Amherst  Marriot Center to celebrate the renaming of the College of Education’s Center for School Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation (CSCORE) in honor faculty emeritus Ronald H. Fredrickson.  Ron, his wife Pat, and his daughter Anne were in attendance, along with alumni, graduate students, faculty, administrators, and community educators. Dr.

Professor Rallis an invited Distinguished Seminar Faculty

Professor Sharon Rallis, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, was an invited Distinguished Seminar Faculty at the David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy Research. The seminar, which originated in 1966 and is sponsored by Divisions A & L of AERA, the University Council of Educational Administration, and Sage Publications, brings together selected doctoral students in educational administration and policy research with noted scholars for two days of generative discussion and mentorship.

Editorship of Comparative Education Review now at COE

The editorship of the Comparative Education Review will be transferred to the College of Education’s Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, as of July 1, 2013 for an initial five-year term.  The Comparative Education Review (CER) is the premier journal in the U.S. in the field of comparative and international education and is the official journal of the Comparative and International Education Society.  It is a peer-reviewed journal which is published quarterly. The journal was founded in 1956.

Afghan educators visit School

Afghan educators visiting UMass plan community college system in their country

mass April 9, 2013

AMHERST – Afghan educators said they prefer to focus on the positive changes they see in their country rather than the negative – such as the attack Saturday that killed six Americans, including Anne Smedinghoff, a 25-year-old U.S. diplomat.

Jennifer Randall wins Outstanding Teacher Award

Jennifer Randall, assistant professor, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, is the College of Education’s 2012-2013 College Outstanding Teaching Award winner. This award recognizes excellence in teaching and honors individual faculty members for their teaching accomplishments.


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