Professional development

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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.

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Engage in STEM

Engage in STEM or E-STEM is an afterschool mentoring program that pairs college students majoring in STEM subjects with middle and high school students engaged in independent research projects. The Massachusetts Academy of Sciences runs E-STEM and provides the recruitment and training of the college mentors, provides transportation to the target schools and pairs mentors with their mentees.

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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.

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Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance

The Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance seeks to increase the number and diversity of students in the pipeline to computing and computing-intensive degrees by supporting state-level computing education reforms. ECEP works closely with many national organizations, relies on and deploys experts in computing education, promotes state-level computer science education reform, trains educators to provide professional development in computing, supports summer computing camps, and offers advice and tools in higher education transfer and program evaluation.

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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.

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Food Science: Product Development for Enterpreneurs

This is a short course focused on the basic food science principles for product development success targeted to existing food-based companies. The course will discuss basic food safety concepts, regulation and technical considerations for commercialization at the CropCircle Kitchen in Dorchester, MA.

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Health and Nutrition Diversity Scholars

Health and Nutrition Diversity Scholars (HANDS) is a program designed to increase the diversity of students in the nutrition field. HANDS Scholars are able to participate in a 1-credit seminar each semester and are given access to tutoring, mentorship and career counseling. Scholars will also be able to participate in nutrition conferences, workshops, research & education opportunities, self-assessment programs and other programs for professional development.

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Heritage Assessment and Community Development, Eleuthera, Bahamas

The Center for Heritage & Society has initiated a partnership with a community development organization on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas (oneeleuthera.org). We have conducted a pilot research project (Historic Building Survey) in Governor's Harbor, and we have developed a community engagement web portal for use by our partners. Finally, we are now in the development phase of an archaeological survey and excavation project in Millars on the site of a former plantation in collaboration with the descendent community.

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History Institute

Since 1994, the UMass Amherst History Department has hosted events, workshops and in-service trainings for K-12 teachers in Western Massachusetts. The Department’s signature offering is “The History Institute”. A joint endeavor with the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton, Massachusetts, The History Institute is an annual series of workshops organized around a central theme. At each workshop, a faculty member presents on a specific historical topic. Following the lecture, teachers and scholars work together to develop strategies for applying the content to the classroom.

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