K-12 resource or program

Computer Science Education Week

Twelve schools, colleges and community organizations offer workshops, technology showcases, field trips and contests to help raise awareness of the importance of computer science education during CS Ed Week each December. With support from NSF, CAITE and BPC Alliance, students are exposed to an array of activities that encourage computer science education for students K-12 from the Amherst, Holyoke, Greenfield and West Springfield areas.

Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing

The Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing is an NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC). CHM aims to be a leading research and education center for the development of cost-efficient manufacturing of nanostructured components, devices and systems. The center provides educational programs that reach K-12, community college, undergraduate & graduate students as well as the general public and has a significant industry relations program via MassNanoTech Institute.

Upward Bound Program

The Upward Bound program is a federally sponsored educational program that serves high school students from the High School of Commerce in Springfield that are potential first generation college students and those from low income backgrounds. The program aims to help students prepare for and succeed in higher education. It provides individual tutoring, career advising, SAT and MCAS prep, college workshops, cultural enrichment and more programs that can help develop academic skills and motivation for students.

Multicultural Engineering Program

The Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) aims to encourage students of African-American, Native-American, Hispanic, and Cape Verdean descent in the engineering field. The program provides support services to assist students in a successful college experience, increase the enrollment, retention, graduation and to attain a professional career in engineering. MEP offers professional development workshops, conferences, summer undergraduate research opportunities and works with ESRO, an outreach program for middle and high school students interested in engineering from the William R.

Circuits and Beats

Middle school students from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke, Inc. learn digital circuits and programming concepts from undergraduate electrical engineering majors at UMass Amherst. The program was developed by UMass Amherst's M5, an educational initiative of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The two week summer workshop teaches students electrical engineering skills to create a “beat machine” where they were able to present and keep their final products.

Asian Arts and Culture Program

The Asian Arts and Culture Program was founded in 1993 by the Fine Arts Center to provide an awareness, appreciation and knowledge of Asia and Middle Eastern arts, culture and heritage. The program provides a consistent presence to non-western arts on campus and events for K-12 grades, college students and adults and seniors. Performances, festivals and events help showcase traditional, international and contemporary artists on campus for audiences to experience and enjoy.

Supporting STEM Teaching and Learning through Communities

S²TLC is building and supporting a community and pipeline of STEM educators that explore deep content knowledge, inquiry-based and culturally responsive practices, and the integration of technology in grades 6-12 STEM classrooms. Face-to-face and virtual communities of practice are hallmarks of the project that will connect teachers in western Massachusetts during and beyond the project. It is a six-year NSF-funded partnership of UMass Amherst, Greenfield, Holyoke, and Springfield public schools, Mahar Regional school district and Hitchcock Center for the Environment.

Learning Initiatives for Rural Education

The LIRE project was created by the Center for International Education, addressing the challenge of providing primary education in rural areas such as Senegal and The Gambia. CIE will increase access to primary schools and work with education departments to provide multi-grade training in all areas of teaching. Workshops are available to help teachers enhance their knowledge of classroom management, how to use local resources in schools and integrate the community into the classroom.

Faculty Development in Foundations

Faculty Development in Foundations was a two-year project started by the Center for International Education in collaboration with Al-Azhar University in Gaza, Palestine. The project assisted three universities in Gaza to assist their education faculty and improve the quality of instruction in teacher education programs. They plan to enhance their knowledge of creative, interactive and dialogue-based techniques to one-day use with Gazan children. A study tour took place in October 2012 that focused on observing undergraduate and graduate teacher education and courses at UMass.

VAS-Y Fille!

The VAS-Y Fille! Project, which began in the summer of 2013 aims to enroll 5,000 girls in primary and early secondary schools to help increase girls’ access to education in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The International Rescue Committee project, Save the Children, and Catholic Relief Services are working as a consortium to implement evaluation studies throughout VAS-Y Fille! Provinces.

Massachusetts Native American Trail Project

Native American Trail project is a collaborative effort to develop a website of maps of/for/by multiple Native American communities, where each community will share with the public their historical and contemporary cultural heritage. The Commission of Indian Affairs and the University of Massachusetts Amherst will work directly with Native American communities to develop the content and technology for each group. Each Native American community will be responsible for decisions concerning the content and presentation of the content on their site/link.

The Ronald H. Frederickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research

The Ronald H. Frederickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research (CSCORE) is dedicated to improving the practice of school counseling by generating, identifying, and disseminating research related to the field, providing evaluation and consultation to support best practices, developing interventions with demonstrated efficacy and positive outcomes, and building the capacity of school counselors. CSCORE provides a range of services, including professional development training, intervention and program evaluation, and consultation.

Leadership and Teacher Development

The Leadership and Teacher Development project is a comprehensive teacher education reform in the Middle East’s West Bank and Gaza. The project aims to improve classroom instruction, policies within the Ministry of Education departments and enhance pre-service teacher education. The Center for International Education (CIE) was awarded a $1 million from AMIDEAST, with USAID West Bank & Gaza funding to help implement enhancement and assessment programs such as the Teacher Education Enhancement Program and Teacher Performance Assessment System.

Science Quest

High school students in grades 10-12 from across the Northeast and beyond are encouraged to visit the UMass Amherst campus to engage in hands-on science activities, demonstrations and guided lab tours. Students are allowed to select their own schedule of mini-classes offered to explore physics labs and learn more about science. A panel of UMass undergraduate science students are available to talk about their experiences as a science major and an admission representative will briefly present and answer questions about preparing for college/applying to UMass.

Computer-Based Math Tutor

A computer-based, emotionally perceptive math tutoring software system has been developed by UMass Amherst computer scientists and colleagues to help improve standardized test scores such as the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). After extensive analysis and studies on gender relations with math done with elementary aged children in Holyoke, MA and Springfield, MA schools and elsewhere, the software was written to offer emotional support, found to be appreciated more by girls than boys who are less affected by it.

The Sunwheel Project

The long-running Sunwheel Project involves the construction of sun wheels all over the world starting at UMass Amherst. The project brings a greater awareness and understanding of astronomy to school children, University community members and the general public. In Amherst, the sunwheel - located south of the football stadium - is a gathering spot for people to visit and learn about the sky together through regular public gatherings posted on the website (and usually timed with the equinox and solstice events).

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.

University Dancers Tour Class

University Dancers, composed mainly of Dance majors, is the only college touring company in New England that offers audiences a full range of dance repertory. The touring experience and the interactions at elementary, junior and senior high schools; other colleges; and community and retirement centers enable our dancers to make significant impact. For example, UD worked at the Kensington Elementary School, an inner-city school, and through UD's workshops, activities and performances, the children showed a remarkable brightening of spirit and their standardized test scores rose.

Methods and Materials in Special Education

Training students to develop and implement project based learning to promote science knowledge among students with disabilities is the focus of this class. A substantial number of students partner with an ongoing project with the Holyoke Public Schools to develop and implement programs with students with emotional and behavioral disorders.

NEH Summer Institute: Native Americans of New England: A Historical Overview

This program is a three-week institute sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities in collaboration with Five Colleges, Inc. for twenty-five school teachers on the history of Native Americans in New England. The Institute examines the history of Native American peoples in New England through a rigorous, interdisciplinary humanities program that included primary source analysis, museum visits, and conversations with Native and non-Native guest presenters. Cover photo courtesy Joe Smith, Mohegan Tribal Communication.

NEH Summer Institute: Native Americans of New England: A Historical Overview

A three-week institute sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities for twenty-five school teachers on the history of Native Americans in New England. The Institute examined the history of Native American peoples in New England through a rigorous, interdisciplinary humanities program that included primary source analysis, museum visits, and conversations with Native and non-Native guest presenters.

Polymers All Around Us

Polymers All Around us, a K-12 Interactive Science Experience educates students on the roles that polymers play in our everyday lives, conveying the excitement of scientific investigation, and portraying a positive image of research. The campus's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center-supported graduate students visit primary and secondary schools to perform demonstrations that stress basic polymer principles as well as everyday applications.

A Student-led Program in Research and Education

ASPIRE (A Student-­‐led Program in Research and Education) provides 20-­‐25 high school students with hands-­‐on lab experiences in polymer science ranging in focus from synthesis to mechanical testing through a series of half-­‐day activities over five consecutive Saturdays each winter. ASPIRE gives high school students a unique opportunity to gain experience in chemistry, physics and engineering of polymers, areas of study rarely taught in traditional high school science classes.

Polymerge

Polymerge is an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to encourage students, whether they are science- or art-inspired, to become future innovators in all career fields. Students utilize images from the NSF-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) research developed for the VISUAL program to explore both Art and Science. The program occurs at the student’s school with guidance from MRSEC Researchers.

ARCH (Advancing Research and Collaboration with High schools)

Provides bright, enthusiastic, curious, high school students with opportunities to conduct fundamental research on polymers throughout the school year. Students operate under the guidance of a participating faculty member, graduate student and high school teacher. Participants attend seminars presented by world-renowned scientists.