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

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.

  • Research

Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Childhood

Sally Campbell Galman wants us to rethink everything we know about educating young children.

  • Teaching

Embracing the Possibilities of Educational Technology

Bob Maloy and Sharon Edwards collaborate to turn teaching upside down, sometimes literally.

  • Research

Making Educational Assessments More Equitable

In her research, Associate Professor Lisa Keller explores ways to remove linguistic and cultural barriers from testing.

  • Community Engagement

Giving Youth a Platform to Tell Their Stories

Language, Literacy, & Culture doctoral candidate Carlos McBride directs the NEPR Media Lab, turning high school students into radio professionals and articulate cultural commentators.

  • Teaching

From High School Volunteer to Having Her Own Classroom

Sarah Waltsak appreciated working with Camille Cammack, who brought real-life experience to teaching. “She gave us a real view of what you might see in the field.”