School Out for Summer, but not for UMass Amherst School of Education

AMHERST, Mass. - The following is a list of University of Massachusetts faculty members in the School of Education and the scholarly activities they are engaged in this summer. All telephone numbers are for the 413 area code unless otherwise designated.

Outreach to High Schools, July 13-17 – In an effort to improve the quality of middle and high school instruction throughout the state, UMass teacher education and curriculum studies professor Robert Maloy is leading the 1998 Summer Content Institute at UMass July 13-17. Visiting teachers will work with the Institute’s staff of UMass faculty and public school teachers to incorporate new knowledge from the fields of history and social studies into their curricula. The goal is to generate ideas and strategies that participants can take back to their schools. The Institute will also focus on bringing teachers into compliance with new standards, known as the History and Social Studies Curriculum Frameworks, which were mandated by legislators and developed by the state Board of Education last September. 545-0945 (O) or 625-6782 (H).

Conquering Sciencephobia – John Clement, professor of teacher education and curriculum studies, is working with two Smith College professors to develop new ways to help students overcome learning difficulties in science. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the project has already created new ways of using analogies, experiments, and drawings which have proven effective in fostering a deeper understanding of scientific concepts. 545-5864 (O) or 665-4480 (H).

Lesbians in Sports – Student development and pupil personnel services professor Patricia Griffin will be on tour promoting her recently completed book "Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbians and Homophobia in Sport" (Human Kinetics). A former athlete and coach (from 1971-76 she led the women’s swim team at UMass), Griffin contends that lesbians have been scapegoated for problems in women’s sports in general. In August, Griffin will travel to Amsterdam to promote her book at the fifth Quadrennial Gay Games, an international event that attracts lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and heterosexual athletes from around the world. At the last Gay Games in 1994, she won a bronze medal in the triathlon for her age group (45-49). 545-0211 (O) or 253-7210 (H).

Writers Speak – Liane Brandon, director of UMass Educational Television (UET) and professor of teacher education and curriculum studies, is editing (with UET coordinator Scott Perry) a six-part series of new television programs featuring the following prominent UMass writers: James Tate, John Edgar Wideman, Dara Wier, Jay Neugeboren, Agha Shahid Ali, and Noy Holland. The series will air on MediaOne’s "Valley Channel" in the fall and will reach 18 towns in the Pioneer Valley. 545-0135 (O) or 617/782-9148 (H).