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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.

Morales will present papers

Daniel Morales, doctoral student, language , literacy and culture concentration,  will present the paper “’Education is a Consumer Good’: An Analysis of Neoliberal Ideology in Chilean Education" at the American Association for Applied Linguistics, and the paper "Realizing the Power of Movements through Multicultural Education" at the National Association for Multicultural Education which also awarded Morales one of the Association's scholarships.


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Lazdowski’s proposal accepted

COE doctoral student Katie Lazdowski's proposal, "Evaluating the Responsiveness of a Transitional Bilingual Curriculum in the Local Context: Mali, West Africa" was accepted for a paper presentation at American Education Research Association (AERA) annual conference 2013. Lazdowski is in the language, literacy and culture concentration.


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Chung-Constant’s article in journal

An article, “Race, Gender, and Religion in the Performance of Self in an ESL Program” by COE doctoral student Tamara Chung-Constant was published in the November issue of Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies.

Three doctoral students from Georgia studying at UMass Amherst School of Education

Three students from the Republic of Georgia have begun their doctoral studies in Educational Policy & Leadership with specializations in International Education.  The students are: Lasha Kokilashvili, Tamara Lomiashvili and Natia Mzhavanadze.

McKinnon Served as Guest Editor of “Ab Initio International"

Doctoral student Lee McKinnon, Children, Families and Schools concentration,  served as guest editor for the Brazelton Institute on-line publication, “Ab Initio International.”  This publication is designed to promote the discovery, dissemination and application of knowledge about developmental processes in the first years of life, with a special emphasis on prevention and treatment.  This issue includes McKinnon’s interview with T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician, author and developer of the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale.

Barbosa is Visiting Scholar from Brazil

Roberto G. Barbosa is a visiting scholar who is a doctoral student in science education at the University of Londrina in Brazil. He is the recipient of a full fellowship from the Brazilian government as a part of its Science Without Borders scholarship initiative.


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