Professional development

STEM Education Institute Tuesday Seminars

STEM Ed seminars are held at 4PM on the first and third Tuesdays of each month during the academic year in Hasbrouck 138. Everyone is welcome; no reservations are needed, and there is no charge. Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage. Topics relate to science, math, technology, and engineering education. Some address K12 issues, and others higher ed.

UMass Tax School

In cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue offers courses for tax practitioners on individual and small business income tax topics at several locations in Massachusetts. Continuing Professional Education credits are available and a fee is required to attend.

Public Engagement Project

The Public Engagement Project supports and trains faculty members to use their research to contribute to social change, inform public policy, and enrich public debate. Scholars learn new skills from experts and from each other to improve their communication and engagement with the media, community groups, policymakers, and practitioners.

Equine Management Summer College Experience Program

The UMass Amherst Summer College Equine Management Program is a two-week intensive program for motivated high school students seeking to explore what it takes to succeed in the horse industry, and in doing so, challenge themselves to become better horsemen and future leaders in the equine profession. The program includes hands-on practicums and workshops and concludes with a summer equine exposition in which students will display their equine management projects and showcase their horsemanship skills.

Massachusett's State FFA Horse Judging Career Development Event

At this Future Farmers of America (FFA) event, participants evaluate and rank horses on breed characteristics, conformation, and performance. Team members cooperatively complete problems related to equine selection, management, nutrition and production.

Springfield/Holyoke Health Alliance for Research and Engagement

SHHARE is committed to exploring the history and relationships in the past between campus and community in order to work together successfully in the future. It is focused on building our relationships with Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) as a foundation ensuring mutual respect and goals. SHHARE is committed to involving community members at the earliest stages possible in planning events, writing grants, etc.

Information Technology Capstone

In this full-year, community-based capstone, student teams create and implement a service-learning project which provides technical support to a community partner. Previous projects have included designing websites, developing databases and training teachers. For example, one team project included planning and implementing four trainings for approximately 100 Holyoke Public School teachers, enhancing the ability of local educators to use technology for their own efficiency, as well as to enhance the educational experience of their students.

Care Transitions Education Project

The Care Transitions Education Project (CTEP) is a three year project designed to prepare and empower more nurses to lead effective care transitions. This project is funded by a Robert Wood Johnson PIN 6 grant. The CTEP team includes Schools of Nursing, Health Care Service organizations and foundations in Western Massachusetts.

UMass Family Business Center

The UMass Family Business Center, a program in UMass Amherst Continuing & Professional Education, serves as a practical and inspirational resource for family and closely held businesses. Ongoing participation benefits family companies of every size and industry throughout Western Massachusetts and beyond. Since 1994, our learning community of business owning families has helped themselves and one another transition peaceably, govern wisely, communicate clearly, risk and reward appropriately, mediate resolutely, and strategize thoughtfully.

Food Safety from Farm to Preschool

Through this USDA-funded project, we will address Farm and Garden to Preschool programs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, two New England states among the highest in the US for costs per case from produce-related foodborne illnesses (Scharff 2010). There is currently no inventory for the types of fresh produce-related activities in early child care programs, and thus limited information regarding the food handling behaviors and potential food safety risks related to fresh fruits and vegetables in preschools.

Leadership Pioneer Valley

LPV is a regional community leadership program for mid-career professionals from non-profit, public, and private sector organizations throughout Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties. In this year-long monthly program participants spend the day either in leadership development programming or community orientation/network development. Field experiences bring the group to sites within a specified sub-region to meet with community leaders. UMass has been actively involved on the Steering Committee, Curriculum Committee, and Marketing Committee.

Western Massachusetts Writing Project

WMWP is a university-school partnership that offers professional development and leadership opportunities for educators in Western Massachusetts toward improving writing and learning for all learners.

The Access through Critical Content and English Language Acquisition

The Access through Critical Content and English Language Acquisition (ACCELA) Alliance in Springfield and Holyoke prepares teachers to work with English language learners. It offers a master’s degree in education with licensure in ESL (English as a Second Language) and Reading for school educators. The ACCELA Fellowship Program also provides graduate scholarships for bilingual pre-service and in-service teachers and the ACCELA Professional Development initiative created a forum for administrators to learn from local teacher research activities.

Collaborative Teacher Education Pathway (CTEP)

Collaborative Teacher Education Program (CTEP) is a 10-month program that offers a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) leading to Initial Massachusetts Licensure in Elementary (1-6) Education.

Institute for Cellular Engineering

The Institute for Cellular Engineering is a multidisciplinary, interdepartmental research initiative focused on coordinating and expanding cellular engineering educational and scholarly activities on campus and enabling translational research through strategic industry partnerships. Through ICE, engineering, life science, and information science departments collaborate to understand, and ultimately harness, cellular “machinery” in plants, animals, and microorganisms.

Classics Department

The Master of Arts in Teaching graduates go out to teach Latin in secondary schools all over the country and introduce the ancient western world to new generations of students. The program leads to a middle- and high-school (grades 5-12) teaching certificate in Latin and Classical Humanities valid in 30 states within the Interstate Certification Compact.

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.

Department of History K-12 Workshops

The History Institute sponsors in-service training for K-12 teachers during the summer and academic year. Last year's institute, Emerging America: From Agrarian Colonies to World Leader, was a partnership with the Hampshire Educational Collaborative (HEC) and a dozen area school districts. Local teachers and students aid schools nationwide to learn about key events in U.S. history that occurred in western Massachusetts. The Historic Northampton Museum and the Springfield Armory National Historic Site are making documents and artifacts available.

Wellspring Collaborative

Representing an innovative public-private partnership that includes UMass Amherst, Baystate Health, and other Springfield partners, Wellspring is developing green, worker-owned businesses that supply the needs of area anchor institutions such as hospitals and colleges. New entry-level jobs will pay a living wage and enable low-income Springfield residents to accumulate wealth that supports their move into the middle class. The first business, an upholstery coop, is scheduled to begin operations in 2013.

Western Massachusetts Public Health Training Center

The Western Massachusetts Public Health Training Center seeks to develop and promote a public health workforce for the communities of Western Massachusetts, including Hampden and Berkshire counties. Our priority is to work with people on the frontlines of public health and health care to maximize their knowledge and skills in evaluating and managing chronic diseases.