Our Values in Practice

Holistic teaching, collaborative research, community engagement, social justice

These are the lenses through which we consider every aspect of education, the values we put into practice every day. They influence the ways we teach our students, conduct our research, serve our communities, and work toward a global future that is more equitable and more just. Our teaching practice synthesizes foundational scholarship, pioneering research, and practical engagement. Our leading-edge research promotes policies, practices, and partnerships that nurture diverse, just, and effective educational communities. We collaborate with our local, state, national, and global communities, leveraging our research and evidence-based expertise to inform public policy, enrich public debate, and contribute to social change. We recruit and support a vibrant student body that reflects the many dimensions of diversity in the Commonwealth, preparing teachers and leaders who will revolutionize education through their professional practice and research.

Read how our faculty, students, and alumni put these values into practice

 

  • Teaching

Becoming a Teacher in 180 Days

Christopher McCarthy and Justin Bates are among the hundreds of teachers who have launched their careers in urban education through the intensive and rewarding 180 Days in Springfield program.

  • Teaching

A Groundbreaking Pioneer of Media Education

As a high school teacher and UMass professor, Professor Emerita Liane Brandon was instrumental in developing the field of media education.

  • Research

Understanding the Crucial Links between Families and Schools

Sarah Fefer’s research demonstrates that family-school partnerships are essential in supporting students with challenging behaviors.

  • Community Engagement

Creating Space for Community and Collaboration

Thanks to the Carney family, a new auditorium is transforming learning and engagement at the College of Education.

  • Teaching

Envisioning Schools as Entry Points for Racial Equity

Social Justice professor Jamila Lyiscott works to transform schools into institutions that truly foster equality.

  • Research

Taking a Critical Look at Testing

Stephen Sireci has built a career ensuring that educational assessments are fair and useful.

  • Social Justice

Observing Moments of Possibility

Education ethnographer Laura Valdiviezo envisions classrooms as sites of transformation for social justice and equity.

  • Social Justice

Transforming Our Critical Conversations

Ximena Zúñiga’s pioneering scholarship on intergroup dialogue has made the UMass College of Education a center for this innovative social justice practice.

  • Community Engagement

Engineering with Paper Airplanes, Origami, and Good Junk

In Engineering School at Wildwood Elementary, UMass students are nurturing the next generation of STEM professionals.

  • Teaching

Embracing the Limitless Opportunities of an Education Career

From teacher to principal and from Massachusetts to China, Rena Mirkin has used her degree in education to go places she never imagined.

  • Social Justice

Harnessing the Power of Youth Voices

Students in Keisha Green’s Youth Media, Storytelling, and Civic Engagement seminar combine their voices with media technology to engage their peers in activism.

  • Teaching

Exploring the Vast Possibilities of Educational Technologies

Torrey Trust has quickly established herself as an important scholar of educational technologies and their potential for inspiring teachers and revolutionizing learning.