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


  • 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.

  • Teaching

Collaborating with Tibetan Schools in Exile

UMass educators collaborate with the Tibetan Children’s Village and the Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education to improve support for children with learning and behavioral differences in Tibetan schools.

  • Social Justice

Transforming Education in the Juvenile Justice System with Technology

A team of UMass Amherst faculty, staff, and students has developed an iPad app to engage incarcerated youth in STEM education and careers.

  • Social Justice

Strengthening Early Grade Reading and Math Education Across the World

Cristine Smith and Darrell Earnest are multiplying the number of teachers world-wide skilled at teaching reading and math to the youngest children.