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Nieto, McDermott cited for promoting public dialogue on education policy

Professor emerita Sonia Nieto of the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies and associate professor Kathryn A. McDermott of the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration were among 168 education scholars nationwide named to The American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) Frederick M.

New England Public Radio speaks with David Evans about associate degree program in Afghanistan.

UMass International Ed Team Spearheads Associate Degree Program in Afghanistan

A group of faculty and graduate students at UMass Amherst is beginning to develop a network of associate degree programs in Afghanistan. With an 11.2 million dollar U.S. AID grant, the team is designing administrative and teaching strategies for what will be the country's first ever two-year degree option.

Hambleton receives COE’s Award of Distinction

Distinguished University Professor Ronald K. Hambleton received the College of Education’s Award of Distinction, given on special occasions to faculty, alumni or friends of the School in recognition of their significant contribution to the College of Education, to their field of specialization or to the growth and development of their fellow or current students.

McKinnon Served as Guest Editor of “Ab Initio International"

Doctoral student Lee McKinnon, Children, Families and Schools concentration,  served as guest editor for the Brazelton Institute on-line publication, “Ab Initio International.”  This publication is designed to promote the discovery, dissemination and application of knowledge about developmental processes in the first years of life, with a special emphasis on prevention and treatment.  This issue includes McKinnon’s interview with T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician, author and developer of the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale.

Barbosa is Visiting Scholar from Brazil

Roberto G. Barbosa is a visiting scholar who is a doctoral student in science education at the University of Londrina in Brazil. He is the recipient of a full fellowship from the Brazilian government as a part of its Science Without Borders scholarship initiative.

Boscardin’s handbook for special education leadership published

“Handbook of Leadership and Administration for Special Education”, edited by Jean B. Crockett, professor and director of the School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies at the University of Florida,  Bonnie S. Billingsley, professor and chair of the Department of Specialized Education Services at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Mary Lynn Boscardin, professor and chair, department of Student Development, UMass Amherst College of Education,  has been published by Routledge.

Giray Berberoglu joins the School of Education as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar.

While here, he will be undertaking a study of the vertically articulated performance standards of Turkish students in terms of learning outcomes which are congruent with the primary education curriculum objectives across the grade levels 4 to 8 in the subject matter areas of Turkish language, mathematics and science and technology. The Turkish Pupil Monitoring System (TPMS) developed by Cito Türkiye for the primary school students meets the need for criterion-referenced assessment of students’ learning outcomes in different subject matter areas.

Galman’s thoughts on naughtiness and what we learn in school

Associate professor Sally Campbell Galman’s article, Bad Animals Sitting Sweetly: Some Thoughts on Naughtiness, Gender and What We Learn in School, was recently posted to Gender and Education Association  online. Find it at

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