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Citizen Scholars Program

The Citizen Scholars Program is a 2-year curricular civic leadership program that partners with community organizations to work toward community goals and help students develop the knowledge, skills, and vision they need to build community, be effective citizens, and advocate for social justice. Students in CSP complete four required service-learning courses taken in sequence over 4 semesters. In the courses, each student articulates his or her vision of how society would be organized if it truly were good, then develops a series of tools to work toward that vision.

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Closing the Achievement Gap in Springfield Public Schools

Supported by a Public Service Endowment Grant, research on innovative teaching strategies with English language learners and culturally diverse students in four urban middle schools is being conducted by College of Education faculty to assist Springfield Public Schools in developing a basis for initiatives that have the potential to reduce the achievement gaps in their classrooms, and that will inform the national debate about effective strategies to close the gap.

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Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education

UMass Amherst is leading a Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE) to design and carry out comprehensive programs that address under representation in information technology (IT) education and the workforce. CAITE will focus on women and minorities in underrepresented groups (economically, academically, and socially disadvantaged) in Massachusetts. CAITE sponsors frequent outreach programs with organizations and community colleges in Springfield and Holyoke.

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Commonwealth Information Technology Initiative

CITI - the Commonwealth's Information Technology Initiative - is a public/private partnership to promote IT education through strategic investments that prepares graduates to participate, lead and innovate in the knowledge-based economy of Massachusetts. Launched in 2000, CITI brings together K-12, community colleges, public universities and industry to promote IT education across the curriculum and respond to technology workforce needs.

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Community Journalism

In this service-learning course, undergraduates partner with students from Commerce High School in Springfield on print and multimedia journalism projects. Students write about topics not addressed by the mainstream media, working with experts in sites such as homeless shelters, health clinics, and public schools to research their projects. Undergraduates and high school students do intensive field work in their exploration of complicated social realities. In 2012, additional funding also enabled students to visit the Newseum in Washington, DC.

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Community-based Assessment of Needs for Vietnamese Americans in Springfield

This project aims to identify the needs of minority language children who speak Vietnamese as a home language. We ask (1) What are the first and second language skills of Vietnamese American children living in Springfield? What are their language needs? (2) What school and community programs target Vietnamese American youth? How effective are these programs in promoting language development? Methods include parent surveys, child language screenings, and secondary analysis of state and local education data.

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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.

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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.

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