News About Our Students

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.

Doctoral student Yedalis Ruiz wins award

Yedalis Ruiz, a doctoral student in the Higher Education concentration, is one of eight recipients of the 2014 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).  The award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education, who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others, and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning.

Former teachers inspire Santiago and Doran to choose “180 Days in Springfield” and careers teaching

It was Interview Day, the culminating stage in the admissions process for students planning to enter the College of Education’s TEACH 180 Days in Springfield Pathway to teacher licensure.  Anthony Santiago of Springfield, a senior at UMass Amherst majoring in biology, and Maurice Doran, also from Springfield and an English major at UMass, had their fingers crossed. They both hoped to impress the interviewers and be selected to do their student teaching at the urban schools of their choice when they entered “180 Days” in the fall as graduate students.

Martalock and Eichhorn to receive grants

Peggy Martalock, an  Ed.D. student in the Children, Families and Schools concentration, and Melinda Eichhorn, an Ed.D. student in Educational, Policy and Leadership concentration, international education specialization, were selected to receive 2013 Graduate School Dissertation Research Grants to assist in the progress toward their degrees.

Morshed wins travel award

Mohammad Mahboob Morshed, a doctoral student in the College of Education’s Center for International Education, and a lecturer at the Institute of Educational Development, BRAC University, Bangladesh, was the recipient of a travel award to the national conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES).

Kositsky wins Woollatt award

Nina Kositsky, a doctoral candidate in the language, literacy and culture concentration, received the Lome H. Woollatt Distinguished Paper Award at the 2012 Northeast Educational Research Association’s (NERA) annual conference for "Teachers, technology, and digital natives: Building a reading culture in a secondary school." Her paper considers attributes of a pedagogical framework for promoting an interest in reading along with the development of 21st century literacy skills among high school students. She has been invited to present her paper at the 2013 NERA conference in October.

Pica-Smith and Veloria win Rubovits Award from NEERO

Cinzia Pica-Smith, Child and Family Studies concentration, and Carmen N. Veloria, Language, Literacy and Culture concentration, have won the 2012 Jim Rubovits Best Paper Award from the Board of Directors of the New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO). The award recognizes the  best paper presented at the NEERO’s annual conference. The title of Pica-Smith and Veloria’s paper is:   “At risk means a minority kid: Deconstructing deficit discourses in the study of risk in education and human services.”

Rose named Upward Bound program director

Tyson Rose (M.Ed. 2011) was selected as the Upward Bound program director, UMass Amherst.  Upward Bound is a federally funded TRIO program that serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

Crandall’s article talks about girls, bullying and middle school hierarchies

Language, literacy and culture concentration student Cara Crandall’s article “Into the Woods” was posted on the Gender and Education Association’s online journal November 18. Crandall is a middle school English language arts teacher and researcher who is interested in the stories adolescents tell about their lives.


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