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Bonanno-Sotiropoulos received teaching award

Doctoral student Kristen Bonanno-Sotiropoulos received the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award from Baypath University, Sunday May 3, 2015.  Kristen is an adjunct at Baypath University and a special education supervisor for the Holyoke Public Schools.


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Crandall wins teaching award

Cara Crandall, doctoral candidate in the College of Education's Language, Literacy, and Culture concentration, will receive the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award. This award, given annually to local teachers by The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, recognizes both the hard work and passion of those who work in the teaching profession.

Karim plans to work to help educate women in Afghanistan

Razia Karim, MEd 2017, is resolute in her goal to change the lives of Afghan women through education. “Change is happening and there is increasing support for women’s education,” she says, “but there are still many cultural barriers preventing women from participating in higher learning and many other aspects of society.”

[photo: Professor Joseph B. Berger with Razia Karim]

Bidiman receives Outstanding Grad Student award

Craig Bidiman, a second year master’s student in the higher education program, received the NASPA Region I: Richard F. Stevens Outstanding Graduate Student - Massachusetts Award, recognizes achievement, involvement and potential for leadership in emerging student affairs professionals. Bidiman serves as the Graduate Liaison for the NASPA Technology knowledge community. NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession.



Heffernan finalist for Presidential Award of Excellence

Doctoral student John Heffernan, mathematics, science and learning technologies concentration, was named one of three finalists for the Presidential Award of Excellence in Math and Science Teaching award (PAEMST) and was recognized at the Massachusetts Science Teachers Association's annual conference on November 13, 2014. Heffernan was also named to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s panel that is rewriting the state's technology literacy standards, which is expected to include computer science.

Konoeda presented at Princeton and in Japan

Keiko Konoeda, a doctoral student in the language, literacy and culture concentration, presented at the Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum in Princeton, New Jersey, in May.  Her presentation, “‘Taiwa’ to shite no maruchimedia seisaku (Multimedia production as ‘dialogue’)”, offered a Bakhtinian analysis of two college students' digital video production conducted as a part of a classroom research project in a Japanese language classroom. Based on the analysis, Konoeda proposed the reconceptualization of multimedia production projects in the classroom as "dialogue" of voices.

Riveros presents in Spain

Rosa Alejandra Medina Riveros, a doctoral student in the language, literacy and culture concentration, has been accepted as a presenter at the 7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation in Seville, Spain.  Her presentation will report the initial results of a qualitative case study that examined the challenges and strategies students, teachers and stakeholders face when developing EFL learning in a blended program in a private university in Colombia.


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Recent Awards and Honors

Hefter receives Dissertation Research Grant

Sheera Hefter, a doctoral student in the school psychology concentration, was  awarded a 2014 Dissertation Research Grant from the UMass Amherst Graduate School.  These grants are offered to assist doctoral students in the completion of their dissertations, as well as to provide recognition of their research and accomplishments.

Lazdowski receives Dissertation Research Grant

Daryl Essensa receives Residential First-Year Experience (RFYE) Student Choice Award

Daryl Essensa, a doctoral student in the teacher education and school improvement concentration, is a recipient of the Residential First-Year Experience (RFYE) Student Choice Award. She was nominated by first-year students for her positive contributions to their UMass Amherst experience. Nominations were made for a variety of reasons, including: inspiring students to learn, hosting engaging and motivating lectures, going above and beyond to support first-year students, helping students adjust to college, challenging students to reach their full potential, and much more.

CIE awards endowed fellowship to Promise Mchenga

The College of Education’s Center for International Education (CIE) recently awarded an endowed fellowship to Promise Mchenga, a student from Lilongwe in Malawi, who is earning a master’s degree in international education. Promise has experience working with NGSs that serve youth in both Malawi and in the U.S.


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