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Galman’s Spencer supports research on gender-nonconforming resilience experiences

Sally Campbell Galman received a one-year, $36,000 award from the Spencer Foundation for a new research project, Understanding young, gender-nonconforming children’s resilience experiences across child-life contexts. “Many of the stories we hear about transgender and gender nonconforming young people focus on the statistics about alienation, homelessness, suicide, academic failure, and so one, “ said Galman. “This study aims to go beyond the sad stories and cautionary talks to look at the resiliency, resistance and self-expression.

McDermott is co-editor of RSF journal issue

Kathryn A. McDermott, professor, education policy, is the co-editor with David A Gamson, The Pennsylvania State University, and Douglass S.

Green Joins NEPR Foundation Board of Directors

Keisha L. Green, assistant professor, was named to the board of directors of the New England Public Radio Foundation, an independent, nonprofit organization that raises funds for the station.

On the faculty of the teacher education and curriculum studies department since 2013, Green co-coordinates the English language arts (ELA) Secondary Teacher Education Program. In that role, she works with linguistically and culturally diverse youth as well as ELA teachers in the Springfield, Holyoke and Amherst school districts.

Help Collect Food 4 Kids

The Education Club and School Psychology Assoc. fill backpacks for students

HELP US FEED STUDENTS IN NEED

The UMass Amherst Education Club and the UMass School Psychology Association are working with the Holyoke Public School Full Service Community Schools Basic Needs workgroup to benefit the Holyoke Public Schools Backpack Program. This program provides a backpack filled with nutritious food every Friday to students who have little access to food over the weekend. Last year this program filled over 4,800 backpacks and they have been asked to expand as much as possible.

Donations will be accepted throughout the month of November

Teaching math for spatial justice

Laurie Rubel Nov. 19

The doctoral program in mathematics, science and learning technologies presents Teaching Mathematics for Spatial Justice, with Laurie Rubel, Distinguished CUNY Fellow, on Thursday, Nov. 19 in room 101 Furcolo Hall   5-6:30 p.m.

Two events with Dr. Neil Humphrey

The College of Education’s Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation and the College’s Office of Research & Engagement invite you to two symposia by Dr. Neil Humphrey of the University of Manchester, England.

Botelho a Founding Member of Doors to the World

Maria José Botelho, associate professor, is a founding member of Doors to the World: Global Children’s Literature for Critical Multicultural Literacies, a collaborative project that will launch its multimodal resource website in April 2016. The site will feature teacher-designed mini-units that re/contextualize global children’s picture books as entry points for deepening children’s understanding of themselves and their worlds. This project is supported by a grant from the Longview Foundation.

Doors to the World is a Five College Partnerships project.

Berger appointed chair of global higher education initiative

Joseph B. Berger, professor and Senior Associate Dean, UMass Amherst College of Education, was appointed chair of the Global Higher Education & Research Global Challenge (GHEAR), an initiative of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), a global higher education and research network comprising 18 universities and spanning 11 countries on five continents. WUN works to drive international research collaboration and address issues of global significance. Its initiatives are supported by partners such as the United Nations Foundation, World Bank, OECD and World Health Organization.

In Memoriam: Louis "Lou" Fischer, faculty member and former acting Dean of the UMass College of Education

Louis Fischer, 91, died on July 29, 2015, after a short illness. He was born in 1924 near the Czech-Hungarian border to Hungarian Jewish parents. In 1939, Lou, his two older brothers, and his mother fled Hungary and moved to Lorain, Ohio, where he completed a K-12 American education in two years.

After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in Papua, New Guinea and participated in the landing in the Philippines, where he was wounded and spent 11 months recovering.

College of Education hosts conference on inclusive education

The UMass Amherst College of Education’s Center for Youth Engagement sponsored the Third International Conference and Symposium on Inclusive Education on June 26-27 at the UMass Center in Springfield. The conference brought together researchers from Germany, Turkey, The Netherlands and the U.S. to address inclusion research and issues as they relate to education in public schools.

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