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"Permaculture Your Campus" Conference

The second annual Permaculture Your Campus Conference June 23-26, 2013. The UMass Permaculture Initiative has had remarkable success in the creation of campus edible and sustainable landscapes, the development of experiential and academic programing, and the strengthening of local networks toward community resilience. This conference presents UMass Permaculture as a replicable model for campuses, institutions and businesses that are trying to be more sustainable.

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180 Days in Springfield

180 Days in Springfield, now in its second decade, is a program for beginning teachers interested in teaching in urban settings. It consists of graduate coursework combined with a yearlong teaching assignment in Springfield Public Schools. As a part of their coursework, master’s students create service-learning projects that provide opportunities for middle and high school students to participate in programs ranging from school tutoring to sports clubs, school and community beautification projects and arts-related activities.

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4-coach Mathematics Active Learning Intelligent Tutoring System

4mality is a web-based tutoring system, designed to teach mathematical problem solving and test-taking to third, fourth and fifth grade public school students. Housed on the University server, 4mality is available free of charge to schools and families. 4mality contains mathematical word problems, annotated with hints and feedback to teach a wide range of problem solving strategies to students of various levels of knowledge. 4mality's grade level content is aligned to the Massachusetts Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

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4-H Sustainable Communities Project

The 4-H Sustainable Communities Project engages young people in Springfield to provide educational enrichment and promote life skills development. Massachusetts 4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Adventures supports after-school at the South End Community Center, the New North Citizens’ Council, and the Dunbar YMCA, and 4-H Educators work closely with the UMass Student Bridges to organize specific themes and hands-on activities. Youth activities focus on topics like polymers, static electricity, chemical reactions, weather, building materials and rocketry.

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4-H Youth Program

The 4-H Program provides support for adult volunteers to administer youth programs across the state and nationwide. Programs are developed in the areas of agriculture, science, technology, engineering and many more. 4-H offers 5 summer camp programs that attract youth from across the state. The 4-H Sustainable Communities Project will engages young people in Springfield in out of school hours to provide educational enrichment and promote life skills development. A regional Operation Military Kids team is also coordinated by 4-H Program as part of UMass Outreach.

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ABLE4STEM

ABLE4STEM is a dynamic program designed to double the number of Massachusetts students who earn Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields. This collaboration among the University of Massachusetts, the 15 State Community Colleges, Mass Competitive Partnership and the Governors STEM Advisory Council draws on educators, policy makers, higher education administrators and industry leaders to recruit and prepare students for STEM careers. ABLE4STEM establishes pathways for associate’s degree graduates from community colleges to enter STEM majors at UMass campuses.

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Advanced Practicum in School Psychology

This Advanced Practicum in School Psychology is centered around engaging with school communities and is the work of the School Outreach Team at the UMass Psychological Services Center. School Psychology doctoral students have the opportunity to engage in both a didactic seminar and as consultants in schools to help schools/districts develop and implement systems of positive behavioral support and data-based decision-making. To date, students have worked in over 20 schools in Western MA in districts such as Amherst, Holyoke, Westfield, Mohawk Trail, Southern Berkshire, etc.

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