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Botelho a Founding Member of Doors to the World

Sep 27, 2015

Maria José Botelho, associate professor, is a founding member of Doors to the World: Global Children’s Literature for Critical Multicultural Literacies, a collaborative project that will launch its multimodal resource website in April 2016. The site will feature teacher-designed mini-units that re/contextualize global children’s picture books as entry points for deepening children’s understanding of themselves and their worlds. This project is supported by a grant from the Longview Foundation.

Doors to the World is a Five College Partnerships project.

Berger appointed chair of global higher education initiative

Sep 20, 2015

Joseph B. Berger, professor and Associate Dean for Research and Engagement, UMass Amherst College of Education, was appointed chair of the Global Higher Education & Research Global Challenge (GHEAR), an initiative of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), a global higher education and research network comprising 18 universities and spanning 11 countries on five continents. WUN works to drive international research collaboration and address issues of global significance.

In Memoriam: Louis "Lou" Fischer, faculty member and former acting Dean of the UMass College of Education

Aug 05, 2015

Louis Fischer, 91, died on July 29, 2015, after a short illness. He was born in 1924 near the Czech-Hungarian border to Hungarian Jewish parents. In 1939, Lou, his two older brothers, and his mother fled Hungary and moved to Lorain, Ohio, where he completed a K-12 American education in two years.

After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in Papua, New Guinea and participated in the landing in the Philippines, where he was wounded and spent 11 months recovering.

Ives receives 2015 College Outstanding Teaching Award

Jul 06, 2015

Denise Ives, assistant professor, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, received the 2015 College Outstanding Teaching Award. This award honors individual faculty members for teaching accomplishments within their own colleges.

Excerpts from letters nominating Ives for the award include the following:

College of Education hosts conference on inclusive education

Jul 02, 2015

The UMass Amherst College of Education’s Center for Youth Engagement sponsored the Third International Conference and Symposium on Inclusive Education on June 26-27 at the UMass Center in Springfield. The conference brought together researchers from Germany, Turkey, The Netherlands and the U.S. to address inclusion research and issues as they relate to education in public schools.

Education in conflict and crisis network

May 17, 2015

A team from the College’s Center for International Education joins a USAID-UNESCO effort to provide access to education to millions in conflict zones

Crosson receives Distinguished Achievement Award

May 05, 2015

Professor emerita Patricia Crosson, (MEd 1972, EdD 1974) who served as department chair in the College of Education, director of the Institute for Education Policy, deputy provost, and interim provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at UMass Amherst, is among three to receive the Distinguished Achievement Awards at the May 8, 2015 undergraduate commencement. She retired in 2001 and is now Senior Advisor for Academic Policy for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

Nieto Elected to National Academy of Education

Apr 03, 2015

Professor emerita Sonia Nieto has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Education, an honorific society consisting of U.S. members and foreign associates who are elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education.

Irizarry Honored for Contributions to Educating Diverse Learners

Mar 29, 2015

Jason Irizarry, associate professor and director of urban education in the College of Education, has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from the John Dewey Society in recognition of “his work as a contribution to the theory and practice of educating diverse learners in a democracy.”The award is the highest honor that the society bestows upon educators in its field.


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