News About Our Students

Accurso wins Research Paper of the Year award

Teacher Education and School Improvement (TESI)  doctoral candidate Kathryn Accurso won the AERA Vocabulary SIG Student Research Paper of the Year Award for her paper titled "Developing Preservice Teachers’ Capacity for Giving Feedback on Math Writing With Systemic Functional Linguistics." The paper, co-authored with professor Meg Gebhard and Stephanie Purington, doctoral student, TESI, demonstrated that as pre-service teachers come to see disciplinary vocabulary as part of a functional meaning-making system, they develop an ability to give more specific and contextualized feedback on stude

O’Brien receives prestigious scholar activist award

Dani O’Brien, doctoral candidate, teacher education and school improvement, received the 2018 Scholar Activist & Community Advocacy Award from the Critical Educators for Social Justice (CESJ) Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Get to Know doctoral student Maritza Casas

My name is Maritza Casas. I grew up in Barranquilla, Colombia. It is a city located in the north coast of Colombia. A beautiful Caribbean city with warm weather, happy people, wonderful music and delicious food. As an additional fact it is also the home city of Colombian singer Shakira and actress Sofia Vergara.

I’m a doctoral student in REMO- research in educational measurement and psychometrics - and my advisor is Stephen G. Sireci.

Get to know PhD student Rosa Alejandra Medina Riveros

My full name is Rosa Alejandra Medina Riveros, but here people call me Rosa.

I am from Colombia, in South America. I grew up in Bogota, the capital city. It is an 8 million people city, located 8,660 ft. above sea level in the Andes. The weather there is spring-like all year around, and a bit rainy.

I am a Ph. D. student in the language, literacy, and culture concentration and Theresa Austin is my advisor.

Abbot looks at place/identity in Appalachia; receives two research awards

Brenda Hardin Abbott, a doctoral candidate in teacher education and curriculum studies, and assistant professor, Bay Path University, was awarded a dissertation research grant from the UMass Amherst Graduate School. This competitive grants program recognizes the research and accomplishments of outstanding graduate students and provides funds to assist recipients in completion of their dissertation.

M.Ed. student Afzal and Ph.D student Ahmad receive Innovation Challenge funding

Maria Afzal, MEd student in learning, media and technology, and Tariq Ahmad, a PhD student in computer engineering, were awarded $4000 in funding for their project, Antares Micro, at the recent Innovation Challenge hosted by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship.

Jeromie Whalen featured in The Daily Hampshire Gazette

Jeromie Whalen, a master’s student in our learning, media and technology program, and a technology teacher at Northampton High School, was featured in an article in The Daily Hampshire Gazette. Whalen worked with students at NHS to build the Northampton school district’s new web site that Superintendent John Provost says has prompted calls from other superintendents who wanted to be connected to the web site “vendor.” “I’ve found many of our colleagues to be quite surprised when they hear our vendor is our teachers and students,” Provost said.

Meet Katie, Emma and Jesse - three change agents in the power-packed 2017 cohort of our one year master’s program “180 Days in Springfield”

Katie Carman, teaching 7th grade science at STEM Middle Academy, Springfield
Emma Opitz, teaching high school biology at Putnam Vocational Technical Academy
Jesse Putnam, teaching English at Central High School, Springfield


Malaney named Graduate Student of the Year

PhD student Victoria Malaney, educational policy, research and administration, was named Graduate Student of the Year by the MultiRacial Network of the American College Personnel Association. (ACPA). Her research interests are in multiracial college students, intergroup dialogue, race, and student activism. She works in the Dean of Students Office as a special assistant, supporting students in personal and academic crisis. She is the current chair of the ACPA’s Multiracial Network.

Studying teachers of Syrian refugees in Jordan – Michael Acosta

Michael Acosta spent a year in Jordan on a Boren Fellowship before returning to complete his studies at UMass College of Education in 2016. In addition to attending 20 hours per week of intensive Arabic language classes, he conducted research on Jordanian teachers’ opinions of effective conflict mediation techniques used in classrooms with Syrian refugee students.


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