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Center for Research on Families

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) is an endowed interdisciplinary research center in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst.

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Children, Teens, and Media

In this service learning course, undergraduates volunteer with 3rd-graders who are participating in Amherst Cinema’s See-Hear-Feel-Film (SHFF) Program. Volunteers watch short animated films with the children, facilitate word games, help them collaboratively create stories, and work with them to create storyboards.

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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.

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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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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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