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Dr. Davis Receives Public Service Endowment Award to implement energy curriculum project in Springfield schools

Kathleen Davis, associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, is a recipient of a Public Service Endowment Award from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Public Service Endowment Grant, intended to enhance the public service mission of UMass Amherst, funds the delivery of public services through special projects with an emphasis on converting knowledge into readily usable forms for immediate applications. This year, the awards were given to projects that related to outreach and engagement in Greater Springfield.

Chelsea Mullins raises awareness about hunger through art

Students in Momodou Sarr’s class at Amherst Regional High School spent the spring semester learning about the root causes of hunger and solutions to reducing it.

Students Poirier and Smith’s article published in The History Teacher

An article co-authored by COE graduate students Michelle Poirier and Hillary Smith with senior lecturer Robert Maloy and lecturer Sharon Edwards, both of the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, appeared in the November 2010 issue of The History Teacher, a quarterly journal published by The Society for History Education, Inc..

2010 Scholarship Recipients

  • Gina D'Allessandro, Meline Kasparian Scholarship
  • Jessica Eaton, Camby Scholarship
  • Lindsay Glaser, Early Childhood Education Graduate Student Fund
  • Kanae Haneishi, C. Lynn Vendien Endowed Scholarship
  • Emmalyn Hicks, Meline Kasparian Scholarship
  • Danielle Nelson, Meline Kasparian Scholarship
  • Nicole Privitera, Early Childhood Education Graduate Student Fund

New Degree Candidate - Spring '10 Yang Gyeltshen asks: Why do we teach?

I have been teaching in one of the teacher education colleges in Bhutan for the last fifteen years or so. How I got into teaching some may say is one’s destiny, and others might say it is through opportunities availed. Whichever may be the case, teaching is one thing that was never in my mind until I tripped over it during my initial job as an educational media illustrator. The drawings I analyzed to illustrate some teaching materials meant for primary education lead me into the minds of how children look at art and learning.

Doctoral student Manly receives Distinguished Paper Award from NERA

Cathy Manly, College of Education doctoral student in the higher education concentration, andRyan Wells, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, were awarded the 2009 Woollatt Distinguished Paper Award by Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) for their paper “Financial Planning for College: What Parents Do to Prepare.” This study explores reported parental financial college preparations and the amount parents have saved for college, with a goal of determining strategies used by differ

School of Education doctoral student Nyongani awarded AAUW International Fellowship


Martha Nyongani, a doctoral candidate in the College of Education’s Department of Education Policy, Research and Administration, has been awarded a 2010-11 International Fellowship from the AAUW, formerly known as the American Association of University Women.

Holyoke High School students paint mural depicting perspectives of their city with help of COE Social Justice Education student

The unveiling and dedication of a nine-panel mural depicting the past, present and future of the City of Holyoke, Mass., and painted by five Holyoke High School seniors was publicly unveiled on the side of an historic city theater recently. The students worked with UMass Amherst College of Education graduate student and community arts facilitator, Carla Wojczuk, as part of a Mural Arts Workshop in The CONNECTIONS After School Program at Holyoke High.

Afghan Master’s students complete studies here, depart for home

Seven UMass Amherst College of Education Master’s degree students, all of whom are faculty members at universities in Afghanistan, recently completed their degrees after a 2 ½ year program of study in International Education on campus.

Colleen Champ Receives Graduate School’s Boscov Scholarship

Colleen “Birdie” Champ, a doctoral student in the College of Education, was awarded the 2010 Joseph L. Boscov Scholarship by the UMass Amherst Graduate School. The scholarship is awarded annually to a current or incoming female graduate student whose work will “equip her for increased service to the needs of people and/or the environment.”


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