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  1. 1. Newsletter Spring 2008 School of Education Enriching Education Globally and Locally Jennifer Randall, Assistant Professor in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration (EPRA), has joined the concentration in Research and Evaluation Methods. “I look forward to mentoring graduate students and enjoying New England’s unique culture,” said Randall, who comes to the School of Education having completed a Ph.D. at Emory University’s Division of Educational Studies. At Emory, she focused on educational measurement, with interests including teacher grading practices and social studies education. “My motivation for coming to UMass Amherst was the opportunity to work with the most well-respected psychometricians in the nation,” she said. “I hope to both learn from and contribute to the great body of research here.” Christina Ortmeier-Hooper, Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies (TECS), graduated from UMass Amherst in 1995 with a B.A. in Comparative Literature. She believes that her educational experiences at UMass Amherst laid the foundation for her subsequent research in literacy education at the University of New Hampshire, from which she holds a master’s degree in Secondary English and English as a Second Language, and a Ph.D. in English. Her research to date has included work on adolescent literacy, theories of identity and writing, composition studies, and second language writing. UMass Amherst fueled her commitment to schools and teachers, she said. “I’m delighted to be part of the School of Education at UMass Amherst. As a new faculty member, I am looking forward to working closely with colleagues committed to public education, school improvement, and teachers,” she said. “I hope to pursue school-university partnerships, particularly in the areas of literacy and writing development.” Laura A. Valdiviezo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies (TECS) is looking forward to “working collaboratively with excellent colleagues and contributing to the faculty diversity and its commitment to social justice.” She was drawn to the School of Education’s strong tradition of commitment to multicultural education. Her professional interests include indigenous education; sociocultural approaches to language policy; teacher’s cultural and linguistic practices in multilingual settings; and intercultural and multicultural education. Valdiviezo says that she enjoys working with students from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds and working in an environment where there are opportunities to practice and develop a pedagogy which is critical and open to change. For Assistant Professor Cristine Smith, a position at the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration (EPRA) is a return home. She comes back after almost 20 years as a senior program officer for World Education, a Boston-based nonprofit in part devoted to global adult literacy programs and research. Smith received her doctorate in 1997, focusing on adult literacy programs for women in South Asia. “I anticipate staying at UMass Amherst through the end of my career and learning from my colleagues and students, as well as doing international work and research that contributes to people’s education and choices in life,” she said. “I’m thrilled to be working with graduate students from a wide variety of countries on the design of literacy and non-formal education programs, on designing training and development projects, and on research.” “My passion is pretty much everything to do with how to help adults learn to acquire and improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills in ways that help them do what they need and want to do as workers, community members and family members,” she said. “I specialize in women’s non-formal literacy, integrated with health and livelihood improvement, and in professional development for adult literacy teachers here in the U.S.” SOE Welcomes New Faculty
  2. 2. 2 University of Massachusetts Amherst Greetingsfrom the Dean We are now close to the Centennial Celebration, which will take place on June 13th and 14th. The Dean’s Office is crackling with activity, as we finalize the full slate of events celebrating 100 years of preparing educators at UMass Amherst and the 51st year of the School of Education. Be sure to check out our new web site for the latest information, at The Celebration marks the inauguration of a new School of Education Award of Distinction. Deserving alumni and friends of the School will be noted for distinctive contributions to the School, their field, or students. As if that wasn’t enough to keep us busy, we recently had our accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the coalition of more than 30 national education professional organizations, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit educator preparation programs. From May 3 to May 7, the peer-led review examined the School’s performance in a number of evaluation areas including faculty qualifications and the knowledge, skills, and professional disposition of our candidates. While speaking of being recognized for our accomplishments, I want to note that the School of Education continues to advance in the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of graduate schools of education. The 2009 report, based on a combination of expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators about the faculty, research and graduates, ranked the School of Education, once again, in its Top 50 (45th). We also welcome new faculty and staff. In particular, you will likely be hearing more from Jera Jamison, our new Director of Development. She’s been hard at work getting to know our 20,000-plus alums. For more information about Jera, see our story on page 5. I look forward to seeing you in June. Christine B. McCormick Dean For many of us in the School of Education Community, this will be one of the busiest semesters of our careers.
  3. 3. School of Education Newsletter 3 Looking Back The View From the Dean’s Office In honor of a century of preparing educators at UMass Amherst and the 51st birthday of the School of Education, we asked four past deans to share insights about their time at the helm. It’s been quite a ride for the School over the last 40 years. Dwight W. Allen (1968-1976) More than three decades since his tenure as Dean of the School of Education, Dwight Allen remains the committed visionary and individualist that made him the stuff of legend. All these years later, he still insists the system isn’t getting it right, a point that he campaigns for in “American Schools: The 100 Billion Dollar Challenge,” which he wrote in 2000 with Dr. William H. Cosby, Jr., whose doctoral degree dates from Allen’s deanship. “We keep putting new frosting on the cake and stirring it around, but we refuse to bake the new cake,” Allen said. Allen looked back with some fondness at his time at the School, a period he’d characterize as one in which he got close to baking the new cake. Brought to UMass from Stanford in 1968, Allen raised hackles in some quarters for his revolutionary recasting of the School. “What we were doing was so innovative…the faculty senate was in a constant uproar,” he said. “I could sympathize with them. From their point of view, this was a very messy process.” Upon taking the deanship, “I announced that 18 months later every course, degree, program, and requirement in the school would be hereby discontinued, and we’d spend the next 18 months figuring out what to replace it with,” he said. Starting with the intention of hiring 15 new faculty, that number mushroomed to 34. “[At the time,] the University assumed they had to offer 2 or 3 positions for every position that was accepted…they weren’t expecting everybody to say yes,” he said. Another of Allen’s noteworthy innovations was attracting those with nontraditional backgrounds. “The greatest challenge was to overturn a culture of complacency or tradition, and put new things on the table, and get people to really create an environment where new alternatives were able to be genuinely considered and implemented,” he said. “And we considered them and we implemented them.” During this first planning year, “I’d anticipated 15 doctoral students that we would designate as special doctoral students, who’d be given status of faculty for planning purposes, they would be considered faculty with full voting rights,” he said. By the time the dean finished with this plan, the School had 90 doctoral students, not 15. “So we had 90 doctoral students and a total faculty of 51, of whom 34 were new,” he recalled. “The new faculty already outvoted the old faculty, and then we gave all these 90 doctoral students votes, so theoretically any vote during the planning year, the students could outvote the faculty if they wanted to.” “During those two years of our planning and implementation, we never ever had a vote that was student versus faculty. Ever.” Allen takes pride in the fact that the School under his watch sent out a very diverse batch of qualified graduates. “We had 24 different programs of teacher education,” he said. “We had the fill-in-the-blanks list of 185 competencies, which, as soon as you checked off all 185, you were a teacher. We had clinical programs, we had all these different styles, and you had the philosophers and the bean-counters and the psychologists… we allowed each of these models to succeed on its own terms.” “I was very proud of the fact that at the end of the day, we demonstrated --anecdotally—that the graduates from all 24 programs were hot candidates for many, many positions,” he said. “They had no trouble getting jobs whatsoever.” Still, Allen’s School had its critics, which he feels resulted in the controversy that ended with his departure from the deanship. “You had all this resentment in the tall grass, so when I went on leave in 1972, all the people came out of the tall grass and piled on,” he said. In 1972, as Allen went on leave to go to work for UNESCO on a project in Africa, scandal brewed at UMass Amherst. Allegations of financial mismanagement, involving supposedly millions of dollars in grant funds, brought in federal agents. continued on page 7
  4. 4. 4 University of Massachusetts Amherst News from the School of Education About 35 people, representing past donors to the School of Education’s scholarship program and scholarship recipients, gathered at the Nov. 2 School of Education Centennial Scholarship Celebration at the University Club. Organizers hope that this is just the first in a series of receptions honoring this important relationship between funders and students who have benefited from their gifts. The Nov. 2 program included both donors and recipients of some of the School of Education’s endowed scholarships. Anne E. Talley, a M.Ed. student in Secondary Education and 2007-2008 recipient of a Meline Kasparian Endowed Scholarship, presented honorary plaques to two sponsors of the scholarship: Jane Miller, former president of the Massachusetts Society of Professors, and Catherine Boudreau, former President and current Board Member of the Massachusetts Teacher’s Association. “The [Meline Kasparian] scholarship I received has allowed me to focus more intently on my studies,” said Talley, who is doing her prepracticum at Great Falls Middle School in Montague. “I am truly appreciative to be able to make my education here at UMass Amherst my number one priority and I am able to do that thanks to the scholarship I received.” Scott Tyner, a doctoral student in Child and Family Studies, presented a congratulatory plaque to Marjorie Cahn (Ed.D, 1982), founding donor of the Early Childhood Education Endowed Scholarship. Tyner’s studies are being supported by that scholarship and the Joseph W. Keilty Endowed Scholarship. “This support enabled me to transition from my 20-year career in early childhood special education, to my current life as a full time doctoral candidate in child and family studies,” Tyner said. “By acknowledging the worthiness of my work, these awards were powerful confidence boosters. The laptop computer that I was able to purchase with scholarship funds is a daily reminder of the important practical value that these financial opportunities can provide to people just like me.” The School boasts over $1 million in endowments geared for scholarships. “Scholarships support students while they pursue their educational goals, but scholarships are also important to the School,” said Dean Christine B. McCormick, speaking at the reception. “By offering scholarships, we can compete with the Harvards, Berkeleys, and dare I say it, UConns out there and attract top graduate students.” “Scholarships help us to retain students by giving them the resources and peace of mind to focus their time and energy on those things that help them to succeed as education professionals,” McCormick said. Professor John J. Clement, (Ed. D., 1976), of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, was among the select few (8 in all) to receive an Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity at the 2007 UMass Amherst Faculty Convocation. Clement’s research focuses on designing effective instructional strategies, meaningful curriculum, and creative programs in science. Professor Stephen G. Sireci, Codirector of the School of Education’s Center for Educational Assessment, received the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest honor given by UMass Amherst to individuals for exemplary and extraordinary service to the campus. The award followed Sireci’s lecture “Are Educational Tests Inherently Evil?” at the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. A member of the Research and Evaluation Methods concentration in the Department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration, Sireci has been a member of the faculty since 1995. Jerri Willett, Professor and Chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies in the School of Education, was recently awarded the Distinguished Outreach Teaching Award. Professor Willett and colleagues established the ACCELA (Access through Critical Content and English Language Acquisition) Alliance, and is presently working with the Massachusetts Department of Education to move ACCELA to a statewide initiative. Faculty Awards Scholars Meet the Donors
  5. 5. School of Education Newsletter 5 Meet Jera Jamison We are pleased to announce that Jera S. Jamison, MSSW, has joined the School of Education as our Director of Development. Jera was most recently the Director of Development in the Office of Outreach for UMass Amherst, where she helped design and implement the first-ever comprehensive development program for UMass Amherst Extensions and University Without Walls. Prior to entering the realm of higher education, Jera served as Executive Director of several organizations working with at-risk families and youth. “My direct social work experiences have been instrumental in creating and building relationships that will work for the best interest of the mission and goals of the School of Education,” She said. Jera has an impressive list of goals for next year, such as: • engaging alumni • connecting alumni with faculty • developing a capital campaign plan, and • advocating for the School. She says that it is essential to help others to understand that “while ‘fund-raising’ is about raising money, more importantly it is about offering others the opportunity to make commitments that are meaningful in their lives. ” “We are delighted to have Jera on board, and excited about being able to more fully engage our alumni and friends to keep in touch in a sustained fashion,” said Dean Christine McCormick. “One of Jera’s leading initiatives during this Centennial Celebration year will be to arrange in-person meetings to update alumni and friends about the exciting developments in the School of Education and to get your feedback about the types of initiatives you would like to see in the future.” Drop by and say hi to Jera at 126 Furcolo Hall or contact her at (413) 545-1112 or Alumni, Friends, Faculty, Students and Staff are invited to the School of Education Centennial Marathon, Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14, and Celebration Dinner, June 13. We’ll be taking over the first floor of the Campus Center for all the festivities. The Marathon brings together faculty, emeritus faculty, students, alumni, and friends to exchange ideas, share innovative educational practices, strengthen connections, and honor the School’s legacy of supporting excellence and equity in education. Festivities kick off Friday afternoon with registration starting at noon, followed by the opening sessions. At 4:30, School of Education faculty will host individual receptions open to all participants. The Celebration Dinner on Friday evening will feature former deans, distinguished alumni, emeritus faculty, and the first School of Education Awards of Distinction presentation. The Marathon continues Saturday with breakfast and sessions until noon. The Center for International Education is hosting a 40th Reunion Dinner on Saturday evening. Please visit our website for updated information about registration, special guests, session topics, and events: centennial.shtml. For more information please call (413) 545-0897. Join Us Now, We’re on a Marathon
  6. 6. 6 University of Massachusetts Amherst A Recipe For Stone Soup Larned with 2006 Nobel Prize winner Muhammed Yunus Marianne Larned, a 1973 graduate of UMass Amherst’s School of Education, recently visited the campus for the first time in 20 years. “Seeing old friends and exploring my roots,” she said. “A whole flood of memories came back.” Larned is author of “Stone Soup for the World: Life- Changing Stories of Everyday Heroes.” Based on the folktale of the villagers who made soup from a special rock, Larned promotes the idea that when we each give our gifts, we create a feast for the whole world. Her work is based on models of innovative education that she first picked up at the School of Education. Larned, who has dedicated her life to building a healthier and more sustainable world through energizing and connecting community leaders, credits the UMass Amherst School of Education with developing and nurturing her global perspective and passion for peace. “The UMass Amherst School of Education had a huge influence on my life, and I’m very grateful,” she said. “It gave me permission to think and ask questions.” Coming to UMass Amherst fresh out of high school in 1969, the relatively sheltered Larned discovered a campus teeming with the kind of social ferment that rocked college campuses in the 1960s. The School of Education, under the leadership of Dean Dwight W. Allen, was no exception, she said: It was a rich learning environment. “People were thinking out of the box, asking important questions, developing creative projects” she said, noting the contributions of such border-stretching innovators as Bill Cosby, Sidney B. Simon, Jack Canfield, Roberta Flack, and Dr. J. (Julius Irving). “Our professors encouraged curiosity, to explore what might be possible, what kind of world we wanted to live in,” she said. “These were very important questions, questions we need to be asking ourselves today.” Over the years, her work has taken on many forms – educator, health consultant, journalist, and public speaker are among her various roles -- but a common theme has developed. Tapping into the business and organizational development skills she gathered in her graduate work, she went on to develop public-private partnerships to address education, health and economic development. Her curriculum, piloted in the US by the YMCA in 8 states, has been used in 120 communities throughout the world, with after-school programs for high school, middle school, and elementary school students, but also in jails, churches, and other diverse settings. Founded in 1997, the Stone Soup Leadership Institute boasts a prestigious advisory council including Honorary Chairman Walter Cronkite and Muhammed Yunus, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. She regularly has to practice the kind of “thinking outside the box” that she first saw at UMass Amherst, and it’s this kind of thinking that she believes can seed peace throughout the world. “I think the UMass Amherst system is well-positioned right now to be at the forefront of education in Massachusetts.,” she said. “People need to be proud of the School -- give back, and get involved,” she said. “The next level of teachers coming out of the School of Education could make a huge difference,” she says. “The planet is in trouble, big time. It’s hard work, but we really don’t have a choice.” “UMass Amherst needs to take credit and stand up and prepare this generation of leaders,” she said. “I would like to be part of that.”
  7. 7. School of Education Newsletter 7 “There was a huge brouhaha and the FBI came in and sealed the records of the School,” remembered Allen. The administration wanted him back from Africa, “but I had made a commitment to the government in Lesotho to open a college…building the college, designing the curriculum, training the staff, recruiting the students and everything would come to a big bang…I didn’t feel I could walk out in the middle of that.” “I went ahead and resigned to make it easier for them,” a decision he later regretted. “The media took this as evidence that the whole thing was even worse than anticipated.” At the end of the day, an assistant professor pleaded nolo contendere to misusing $18,000. Allen would stay on as a member of the faculty for two years more, leaving in 1978. He would take a professorship at Old Dominion University, where he has remained through the years. He retires at the end of this academic year, having continued to break new ground, with innovations such as having students write their own textbook for his course in Educational Foundations. He now lives in Denver, Colorado. “The greatest achievement (at UMass Amherst) was that we created an innovative culture that really was able to test the edges of the envelope,” Allen said. “People kept predicting our demise, and it just didn’t happen.” Despite the scandal, Allen says he would do it all over again, if given the chance. “I’d love to come back there or someplace else and have another round,” he said. “Bill (Cosby) and I say that unless the country is willing to treat education as a matter of national security, we’re not going to get the job done.” Marilyn J. Haring (1988-1991) With the position of dean vacant in the wake of Dean Mario Fantini’s failing health, the School of Education turned to Marilyn Haring-Hidore (as she was called during her term at UMass, and who now uses the name Marilyn Haring). She had been serving as associate dean for graduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s School of Education. Haring’s three-year term started with an immediate crisis. The School’s accrediting agency, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), notified the new dean that, based on the findings of an earlier visit, NCATE was denying accreditation of the School’s programs that prepared educational personnel. “I immediately made a trip to Washington to interact with NCATE officials and began a three-year dialogue that resulted in an agreement that was very satisfactory to me,” she said. NCATE agreed that if UMass Amherst made improvements notable on a return visit in three years, it would be listed as continuously accredited, with no gap of the benefits that would accrue to graduates. Mario D. Fantini (1976-1987) The late Dr. Mario D. Fantini came to take the mantle at the School of Education having had a major role in the decentralization of New York City’s public schools. In the late 1960’s, he was among a group involved in establishing an experimental local school district in the Ocean Hill-Brownsville section of Brooklyn, which became a leading player in the city’s decentralized districts. He spent his career as an education reformer, advocating school systems with greater community participation and schools that were better adapted to urban students’ needs. While at UMass Amherst, Fantini worked to position the School of Education at the center of national discussions about education, hosting annual spring forums “in keeping with our role as a major school of education to educate the public and educators.” “When I think about your service to our University as Dean of the School of Education, I am especially impressed by the energy, imagination, and foresight which you brought to the task,” wrote then-Chancellor Joseph Duffey in a letter read at a 1987 celebration honoring Fantini, “Your vision of emerging issues often anticipated developments which occurred later at the state and nation level.” “Your leadership also helped this campus to develop greater sensitivity to the public concerns expressed by our legislature. Finally, you strengthened and enhanced the School of Education’s commitment to access and achievement for women and minorities,” Duffey wrote. Fantini was the author of many books, and while at UMass Amherst wrote “Regaining Excellence in Education,”(Charles Merrill, 1986). He resigned because of illness but remained on the faculty until his death in 1987. View from the Dean’s Office, continued from page 3
  8. 8. 8 University of Massachusetts Amherst “There was little enthusiasm in the School to do the very hard work of preparing for a second visit, and making some important adjustments in programs,” she said. “However, I was convinced the only way for the School of Education to survive during the very difficult times that hit UMass Amherst in the late 80s was to regain NCATE accreditation and demonstrate the high quality of professional education on campus.” It was a matter of life and death for the School, she decided. “The Commonwealth of Massachusetts was in desperate need of funds, which resulted in many budget cuts at the University. I was determined that the School of Education would not be sacrificed to that end,” she said. With the able assistance of Associate Dean Richard Clark, Division Heads, and personnel, this Herculean effort reaped success, she said. NCATE noted “only three weaknesses, and every standard was passed,” Haring said. “I have never been prouder of a school of education,” she said. Haring also grappled with a dwindling budget. The School of Education lost 15% of its budget during the three years of her deanship, and the School only hired one new faculty member during that period. “It was a time of ensuring the survival of a proud School of Education,” she said. “During this time, I needed to be a fierce advocate for the School of Education within the University and state and also nationally.” “My characterization of those years, then, is a time of successful transition to the future that was achieved by a great deal of hard work by faculty, staff, and School of Education administration,” she said. Haring left UMass Amherst in 1991 to take the position of dean for the Purdue School of Education. She helmed that school for a decade, overseeing a revamping of the curriculum to include field experiences in each of the four years of professional preparation, developing a doctoral program in Northwest Indiana utilizing interactive video instruction, and adding to the diversity of faculty. She retired from the deanship in 2001, taking her first sabbatical leave ever, and returned as a half-time faculty member in Higher Education Administration. She retired for good in 2007. She credits her time at UMass Amherst with teaching her how to fight for her school. “Often on campuses, education schools are viewed as less important than science, math, engineering, and business enterprises, to name a few,” she said. “At UMass Amherst I learned the value of such advocacy and that it requires enormous energy and constant commitment.” “Most of us underestimate the challenges inherent in any kind of change,” she said. Bailey W. Jackson (1991-2002) “I said it’s about time I got honest here and do the job, and find out why all these pearls of wisdom I’d been giving to these people haven’t been followed,” says Bailey Jackson, a wry tone shading his voice. “I did find out, and after 11 years, I’m still reflecting on that.” “I had an advantage in some respects. I had relationship capital with some of the faculty. I was a part of the School of Education family before I came in.” he said. Bailey Jackson served as dean from 1991 through 2002, the first years of his tenure marked by the 1993 Education Reform Act, which would radically change the face –and funding— of education in the state. Jackson makes no bones about characterizing the Act as being motivated by politicians interested in privatizing education and demonizing public education. That said, he feels the reforms and subsequent budget trimmings required the School to streamline its focus through a tough decade, and fight back against some attacks on its reputation. “There was a sense on campus that the school lacked a lot of rigor,” he said. “There was a sense that it was mostly catering to social issues and not enough around academic issues. There was concern that the school didn’t engage in enough research to be really credible. And some of these things are not just about the School, but are about schools of education in general.” “I came wanting to see what it was, if anything, I could do to help strengthen, improve, or correct the misconceptions that were out there about the School and what it is about,” he said. “Ed Reform helped in the sense that it helped me make my case with my colleagues, that we weren’t getting out there and letting people know what’s going on in the world of education,” he said. “I don’t think that we collected the kind of data necessary to justify the things that we were doing, and so when critics came in challenging us, ‘show us the proof that your pedagogy is in fact working,’ we didn’t have the necessary data.” “It was kind of a wake-up call. There were a number of people in the field who I think took on the challenge, but I think we were trying to fight off a kind of right-wing perspective, and at the same time trying to do our homework,” he said. Jackson is particularly proud of how he turned this challenge into an opportunity for advocacy. Challenged by the state Commissioner of Education to improve connections between the state hierarchy and the schools of education, Jackson set out to assemble a council of deans. “At the time I didn’t quite know the size of that task. I didn’t know there were 62 programs in the commonwealth,” he said. “So I
  9. 9. School of Education Newsletter 9 SOE Centennial Marathon p Former Deans Dwight Allen Marilyn Haring Bailey Jackson p Alums p Faculty Current Emeritus p Catch up! p Connect! p Learn! June 13-14, 2008 UMass Amherst Campus Ctr reduced it to the public and private deans, about 10 to 12, and we formed a group that later became known as the Commonwealth Education Deans Council.” “That was a real proud time for me, because initially it was pretty much a support group for deans, so we could get together and say nobody loves us,” he said. “But it sort of became a group that could speak to Ed Reform issues. And did. In a lot of places, it was an important group for dialoguing with the Department of Education, the Board of Higher Education, as well as the Board of Education. And that group grew. In fact some colleges made their heads of education into deans, so they could be on that council.” On the downside, Jackson faced a worsening of the perennial budget woes. “The School of Education and a couple of the other schools and colleges got hit very hard with the budget cuts… so for the first time in the school’s history I had to lay off a couple of staff members,” he said. “Which was very hard for me, given my long history with the School.” Eventually illness and the rigors of the job resulted in his decision to step down and rejoin the ranks of faculty. “Overall, I found my 11 years in the office of the dean to be challenging and rewarding, and --with the help of my associate dean, Jay Carey-- provided an opportunity for me to learn a great deal about educational administration,” he said. “I believe that when there’s a good match between the person in the dean’s chair and the evolution taking place at the School, the School will grow in an effective manner.” The trick, he said, is to know when it’s time for a new leader. “Sometimes the best leadership decision is to step down,” he said. Andrew Effrat (2002-2005) After Bailey Jackson’s departure, Andrew Effrat took up the mantle on an interim basis. “It was three years, but in dean years that was 21, of course,” quipped Effrat, now UMass Amherst’s Associate Provost for Faculty Recruitment and Retention. “To coin a phrase, it was the worst of times, and it was the worst of times,” he said. “Enormous budget cuts that UMass Amherst had to absorb. It was something on the order of 30 percent in a couple of years. Real cuts of historic, Biblical proportions.” “The amazing thing is UMass Amherst and the School of Ed came out of this and survived, lived to fight again, to prosper again, and to be able to rebuild,” he said. Despite these challenges, or perhaps in part because of them, Effrat remains proud of certain accomplishments from his days in the dean’s office. In particular, he was happy to see the implementation of Bridges to the Future, a teacher licensing and master’s degree program that offered on-site teacher preparation in the Greenfield, Gill-Montague, Athol and Orange School Districts, based on the model of the 180 Days in Springfield program. “I think one thing I tried to do is be very transparent about the process, and be proactive about encouraging efforts to bring in new resources, new people, grants, initiatives, and take it as an opportunity and a time to go forth and build,” he said. Having faced that challenge, Effrat now sees a School and a University experiencing better times. “Fortunately, it’s a time of a lot of hiring and building,” he said. “We’ve got about 100 searches going on right now throughout UMass Amherst.” “It’s a change, from dark days to a brighter time.” Virginia Lee Verdier (M. Ed. 2001), of South Deerfield, died Nov. 11. Formerly employed in UMass Amherst’s Undergraduate Advising Center, she retired in 2001. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was a graduate of Mata Christi High School, received her B.A. in 1997 through University Without Walls and completed her M.Ed in 2001. In Memoriam
  10. 10. 10 University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumnae/i News 1970s Richard P. Santeusanio (Ed. D. 1972) was named Associate Clinical Professor and Coordinator of the Reading Certificate Program by the MGH Institute of Health Professions, an academic affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He will work with the Institute’s Graduate Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders, which is designed for educators, pathologists, and administrators. Dr. Santeusanio served 26 years as a public school administrator in Danvers, MA, including thirteen years as Superintendent, and has been an adjunct professor at Suffolk University, Salem State College, and Endicott College. Peter Graham Peter J. Graham (Ed.D 1975), a professor of Sport and Entertainment Management at the University of South Carolina for the past 20 years, has been honored with an Academic Achievement in Sport and Entertainment Award from the International Conference on Sport and Entertainment Business. Dr. Graham is co-founder of USC’s Sport and Entertainment Management program and the International Sport and Entertainment Business Conference. The award recognizes a scholar whose research and/or teaching has made a significant positive impact in the fields of sport, entertainment, or venue management. Sonia Nieto (Ed.D. 1975), Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture at the School of Education, has been named this year’s recipient of the American Educational Research Association’s Social Justice in Education Award. Nieto was honored at AERA’s Annual Meeting in New York City, March 24. The award celebrates educators who have made an extraordinary impact on social justice through research, policy, and practice. 1980s Robert F.L. MacDonald (M.Ed. 1980), a member of the West Springfield Rotary Club, was presented the Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award at the recent Rotary International District Conference. He joined the West Springfield Rotary Club in 1982 and was the club’s president in 1986. He was elected district governor for western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut in 1998. 1990s Jill Givler (Ed.D. 1990) was recently named Department Chair of the Human Kinetics Department at Kutztown University, Pennsylvania. She has been a professor there since 1995, and was the 2007 recipient of the Pennsylvania State Professional Honor Award for contributions to the disciplines of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. 2000s Michael J. Sidoti (M.Ed. 2000) reports that he is enjoying a rewarding career as Assistant Director and Coordinator of Learning Disability Services at Northeastern University in Boston. Mike has presented at the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), and taught undergraduate courses on diversity. He is currently delivering an online professional development course through AHEAD. Khyati Joshi (Ed.D. 2001) the author of New Roots in America’s Sacred Ground: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in Indian America, has been awarded the 2007 Phillip C. Chinn Book Award from the Multicultural Program Awards Committee of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). Melda N. Yildiz (Ed.D. 2002) received an Excellence in Teaching Award from William Paterson University in May. She was honored for her outstanding achievements during the University’s fourth annual Faculty Recognition Luncheon. Yildiz was honored for her work in secondary and middle school education, and received a plaque and a $1,000 award for professional development.
  11. 11. School of Education Newsletter 11 What a Swell Party! Close to 200 alumni, faculty, students and staff of the School of Education hobnobbed in Manhattan last month, as the School of Education hosted a Centennial Reception at the American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting in New York City, March 24-28. Dean Christine B. McCormick, faculty, students, alumni, and guests gathered March 27 at the Hilton New York’s second floor. Sorry if we missed you!
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  15. 15. Newsletter Fall 2008 The entire first floor of Lincoln Campus Center buzzed with activity June 13 and 14 as old friends recognized each other with happy “hellos,” and students, faculty and alumni converged for the School of Education’s two-day Centennial Marathon and Celebration Dinner. White balloons, emblazoned with the message “School is Cool,” bobbed as new students, new, former and emeritus faculty, SOE staff and friends registered for more than 90 Marathon sessions that ranged in topic from “Factors that Influence Secondary Teachers’ Proficiency With and Use of Educational Technology” to “The Many Faces of Cinderella.” In the middle of the Campus Center’s concourse, students and faculty pinned posters to corkboards, engaging in animated conversation about their research and community service projects with interested passersby. Presenters of Marathon sessions stopped to talk with colleagues or smile for photographs as they hurried toward their next sessions. Groups knotted here and there to discuss plans for attending the afternoon receptions and the evening’s Celebration Dinner or to tell stories from their days at the School to the videographers who filmed reminiscences for archives and to post on the School’s website. All told, more than 400 people participated in the events that marked a century of preparing educators at UMass Amherst. “It’s exciting, this whole 100 years,” said April Holmes of Glendale, California, who is preparing to receive her teaching license through the Bridges to the Future program while teaching in Greenfield, Mass. schools. She and fellow Bridges teachers shared their experiences in a presentation during the Marathon. “It’s a little intense, but I knew it was going to be intense,” Holmes said. “The amount of work you’re doing at school, you’re teaching a full day and then after school you have classes. It was intense, but it was worth it, to get it done.” At the Centennial Celebration Dinner, the School of Education inaugurated a new tradition: granting Awards of Distinction to deserving alumni, friends, and emeriti faculty. Recipients are selected who have made significant contributions to the School, its students and their field. The awards will be presented annually. “It being the Centennial Celebration year, we decided to award ten --one per decade-- to catch up a bit,” said Dean Christine B. McCormick. Department Chairs Joseph Berger, Richard Lapan and Jerri Willett presented the 2008 Awards of Distinction to: Mary Cowhey, (M.Ed. 2001) Elementary School Teacher, Jackson Street School, Northampton. A graduate of the Bilingual, English as a Second Language and Multicultural Education Master’s program of the School of Education, Mary took into the classroom what she had learned during her 14-year career as an award- winning community organizer. In 2001, she was a delegate to the United Nations World Conference Against Racism. She is currently collaborating with another colleague and UMass Amherst alum, Kim Gerould, on Families With Power, which organizes low-income parents of color in Educators of Distinction Continued on page 8 Deans McCormick, Haring, Allen, and Jackson at the Centennial Celebration. Continued on page 11 Celebrating a Century
  16. 16. 2 University of Massachusetts Amherst Greetingsfrom the Dean Our culminating Centennial Celebration on June 13 and 14 was wonderful! We planned for it for more than a year, and now that it is over, I feel certain that it was the meaningful event that we all had in mind when the Dean’s Leadership Council suggested it last summer. Ninety Marathon sessions on topics ranging from research on work with immigrant children to using video to increase language performance created a buzz of conversation in the Campus Center. That excitement continued into the evening when I had the pleasure of hosting a very festive dinner program with remarks by Chancellor Thomas W. Cole, Jr., Provost Charlena M. Seymour and reminiscences by former Deans Dwight Allen, Marilyn Haring and Bailey Jackson. During the program, State Representative Ellen Story and State Senator Stan Rosenberg both stepped up to the podium. Rep. Story read a Proclamation from Governor Deval Patrick naming June 13 UMass Amherst School of Education Day. Sen. Rosenberg noted a citation from the State Senate and then read Gertrude Stein’s poetic observation about Education in New England that made the audience laugh out loud. Department Chairs Joe Berger, Rich Lapan and Jerri Willett presented the School’s first annual Awards of Distinction to ten noted educators to standing ovations. It was that kind of night. With more than 400 of us gathered in honor of 100 years of preparing educators, I could not help but wonder what those educators of 1907 would think about our practice of education today. And what will educators in 2107 think about us and our work? Let’s hope that they find reason to honor us as we honored those who led us to this place, this School, this University today. We look forward to a new academic year, the 101st year of preparing educators on campus. In the meantime, I encourage you to check the Centennial photo galleries on our website to relive Centennial moments or to see what the excitement was about if you were not able to be with us as we closed this historic year. Christine B. McCormick Dean For more about the Marathon, including sessions, materials, and videos of participants, log on to We look forward to the 101st year of preparing educators on campus.
  17. 17. School of Education Newsletter 3 News from the School of Education The School of Education was honored this year to be the only American university accepted for membership in a working group convened by the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE). As a representative of the UMass Amherst School of Education’s Center for International Education (CIE), Assistant Professor Jacqui Mosselson will work with the INEE’s Working Group on Education in Fragility to help ensure all people the right to education in nations and regions in emergency situations and post-crisis reconstruction. The INEE is a global network of non-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies, researchers and individuals from crisis spots throughout the world. Representative organizations include USAID and The World Bank, and multilateral and bilateral agencies such as Save the Children, UNICEF and Reach Out to Asia. Only two academic institutions are represented: UMass Amherst and the University of Ulster in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. During the next two years, members of the Working Group will determine the best practices to mitigate state fragility through education and ensure equal access to education, and work to support programs that promote the development of alternative means of education. The goal is to help these countries and regions to shift from being recipients of emergency humanitarian aid to becoming stable enough to receive long-term development assistance and manage their own education systems. The Working Group held its first meeting April 14-16 in Istanbul, Turkey. The next meeting will take place at the end of October in Brussels, Belgium. Members of CIE will craft a paper on education and fragility that maps the existing research in the field, and identify research gaps as well as lessons learned. In addition, the School of Education's course “Education in Post-Conflict Settings” has been restructured to reflect this new relationship. The Director of the INEE has offered to travel to UMass Amherst to present to students, and Mosselson and group members have discussed other possible links. • FlaviaRamoslikenedthe40thanniversary reunion of the Center for International Education to a “pot of boiling ideas.” Ramos was one of more than 120 School of Education alumni who trekked to campus from China, Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan, Nepal, Colombia, Senegal, and Namibia, as well as from all over North America, on the weekend of the Centennial Marathon, June 13-15. The CIE reunion “was fantastic and seeing so many friends who ‘speak the same language’ was even nicer,” said Ramos (Ed.D. 1999), who is Senior Education Advisor and ABE- BE Director at Juarez & Associates, Inc., in Washington, D.C. “I have to say that it was rejuvenating and refreshing to be back into that pot of boiling ideas.” The three days of reunion activities included panel discussions, interactive dialogs, and a plenary presentation featuring a keynote address by William Smith (Ed.D. 1976). (See page 4 for more on Smith). A gala banquet at UMass Amherst’s Marriott Center, supported by the UMass Amherst Graduate School and the School of Education, and hosted by George Urch, Emeritus Professor, featured graduates from each decade sharing stories about CIE. “The banquet was a wonderful experience that brought back untold memories from the past 40 years,” said Dr. David Evans, founding director of the Center, who received some ribbing during what was called a “gentle roast.” “When I do retire, no retirement celebration could ever top this,” he said. “I’ll just ask that this banquet be regarded as my retirement event.” • Kaki Rusmore (M.Ed. ‘95), Joanie Cohen- Mitchell, (Ed.D. ‘04) and Joan Dixon (Ed.D. ‘95) Forty Years of the CIE Securing Education in Crisis Spots
  18. 18. 4 University of Massachusetts Amherst What was the School of Education like in the early 1970s for William A. Smith, fresh out of the Peace Corps? Was it all he expected? “It was much better,” said Smith, a 1976 graduate of the School, who received a doctorate in non-formal adult education, and who is now Executive Vice President of the Academy for Educational Development. “It was really a cool place.” Founded in 1961, the Washington, D.C.–based Academy is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to solving critical social problems and empowering communities, institutions, and individuals to be more self-sufficient. It does this through improving education, health, and economic opportunities for the poor in the U.S. and abroad. Smith has been with the Academy for 26 years, overseeing programs in education, health, transportation safety, the environment, and social issues. He entered the School of Education at a pivotal time in his life, he said. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in art history at the University of South Florida in the mid-1960s, he was among a demographic not on the track to become teachers. Still, he wanted “to learn,” he said. “I’d just come out of the Peace Corps and was looking to take the next step,” he said. “A doctorate looked very attractive.” At UMass Amherst he became an acolyte of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, author of “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” (1968), which revolutionized models of education in the third world and introduced a less top- down style of education. “Poor people know a lot…they have their own solutions,” said Smith. For example, he said, farmers were being bamboozled by middle men purchasing their products, and they responded by encouraging their children to learn basic math skills in order to handle negotiations. Smith recalled the motto “Let Jorge Do It,” a reference to the School’s Nonformal Education Project work with Ecuadorian campesinos during his time at the School in the early 1970s. The project, which included a Monopoly- like board game and role playing, concluded that rural areas lacking the standard resources for literacy education can fill that need with non-professional educators using materials promoting participation and dialogue. Smith credits the School with his pioneering the use of social marketing, which transfers ideas used in commercial marketing into the realm of improving society. Pretty good for someone who had come to UMass Amherst with the almost standard “marketers are evil, companies are awful” mantra, admits Smith. But it works, he said. “The commercial marketplace offers you something in order to get your money. It tells you that you’ve got to get the product, and why,” he said. “If you don’t get what they promise, you don’t buy it twice.” Those in the social services need to provide the same kind of added value to get results, he said. “For instance, immunization…we spend all this time talking about how bad measles are,” he said, noting that this message can fall on deaf ears in developing countries. “Instead, let’s have a big party, and immunize the kids while we have the party.” “It’s a non-patronizing way of helping folks,” an approach which has been used effectively to distribute condoms, malarial bed nets, and anti-tobacco material to previously hard-to-reach populations, he said. Indeed, more young people have quit smoking, not through decades of health warnings, but because of messages that smoking isn’t cool anymore. Smith said the School of Education helped provide the laboratory to test ideas that he now uses to benefit community after community. “The School was a perfect place to try new ideas,” Smith said. “It pretty much shaped the fundamental perspective I have.” • William A. Smith William Smith and the AED Letting Jorge Do It
  19. 19. School of Education Newsletter 5 In the Lamoureaux household, education is a tradition. Five members of this family have been drawn to careers in education. “All of them have had a positive experience of school,” said Gary Lamoureaux of Pittsfield, Mass., attempting to explain why his children took up the teaching baton. “They just heard about education continually.” Gary Lamoureaux holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Education. The son of a nurse and a plant manager, Lamoureaux retired in 2002 after 30 years at Berkshire Community College, 13 years as its Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services. His wife, Nancy, (M.Ed., North Adams State College) has been a physical education teacher in Dalton, Mass. for 33 years, and retires this year. His daughter, Nicole, taught preschool in Winchester, Mass. for three years, and sons Michael and Eric both teach in the Pittsfield, Mass., school system. Younger son Eric graduated with a Master’s degree from the UMass Amherst School of Education in 2004, twenty years after his father earned his doctorate. Eric is now Interim Community Coordinator and Vice Principal for Pittsfield’s Silvio O. Conte School, while Michael (M.Ed., Cambridge College) is in his third year as a fifth grade teacher at the Morningside Community School in Pittsfield. A Vietnam-era veteran, Gary Lamoureaux first arrived at UMass Amherst in the late 1960s as a 25-year-old undergraduate. It was a little bit of a culture-shock, said the Turners Falls, Mass., native, witnessing the full flower of the antiwar protests on campus. Having worked for the town of Greenfield’s park department, he hoped to continue in that vein at UMass Amherst. “When I was at UMass Amherst, I was focused on the direction of recreational services,” he said. Working with campus recreation turned into a rewarding gig for him, which included such highlights as bringing television entertainer Johnny Carson’s crew to UMass Amherst. He later relocated out west, where he spent a year as housing and activities advisor at Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona. He became interested in education and earned a Master’s degree in Education at Northern Arizona University while serving as director of student activities at the university’s South Academic Center. He returned to western Massachusetts to take a student activities position at Berkshire Community College But thanks to the School of Education, the story doesn’t end there. Lamoureaux in part credits an experimental program at the School of Education with improving the lot of nontraditional students such as himself. He returned to UMass Amherst in the early 1980s to participate in Charlotte Rahaim’s Field-Based Doctoral Program for Community College Personnel. The program offered community college faculty and administrators the opportunity to work on their doctorates while at their own institutions. Participants included staff from Holyoke Community College and institutions in Springfield and Connecticut. “We had two classes at BCC… it was a kind of six-hour class,” said Lamoureaux. In three years, he had earned a doctorate in Higher Education Administration which helped open the door to his becoming a dean at Berkshire Community College. “If it hadn’t been for that program, I don’t know if I’d have had the ability to go down (to Amherst) by myself,” he said. “It was a wonderful opportunity.” At the time of his retirement in 2002, BCC’s Foundation established a scholarship in Lamoureaux’s name. Two hundred twenty-seven alumni, colleagues, and friends from around the country raised $11,352 in one month. It was the largest amount of money generated through scholarship in the shortest period of time in the Foundation’s history. Teaching Runs in the Family Traditions Continued on page 10 Nicole (Lamoureaux) Nesbit and mom Nancy Lamoureaux (front), with Michael, Eric, and dad Gary Lamoureaux
  20. 20. 6 University of Massachusetts Amherst “Many good memories of my long tenure in the School and the University have been filling my mind over the weekend. I enjoyed meeting and visiting with many old friends and colleagues.” Raymond Wyman Emeritus Professor
  21. 21. School of Education Newsletter 7 “The Centennial went off very successfully. After 15 years, I still felt connected and very proud of the School of Education. My 29+ years at UMass were very significant for me.” Ronald Fredrickson Emeritus Professor Scenes from the Centennial June 13-14, 2008
  22. 22. 8 University of Massachusetts Amherst MeadeRollinNietoMullenMills Cowhey CrossonCrew Dobelle Fredrickson Northampton around educational issues. The group conducts reading and writing projects dedicated to moving from family involvement to family empowerment. Rudolph F. Crew, (Ed.D. 1978) Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Rudy became the superintendent of the nation’s fourth largest school district, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, following a national search in 2004. He enjoys spirited interaction with students and sharing in their challenges and successes. In 2008, he was named National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators. Rudy has received numerous other awards including the NAACP Educational Leadership Award and the Arthur Ashe Leadership Award. Patricia Crosson, (Ed.D. 1974) Emeritus Professor UMass Amherst. A champion for diversity dating back to her days as a UMass Amherst student in the 1970s, Pat held posts at the Universities of Pittsburgh and Maryland, before returning to UMass Amherst as professor, concentration coordinator and Provost. Pat helped create the state-wide Community College Leadership Academy and the Center for Education Policy. She is a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council, the UMass Amherst Foundation and the Board of Trustees of Greenfield Community College. Evan S. Dobelle, (Ed.D. 1987) President, Westfield State College. The youngest Mayor in the history of Pittsfield, Mass., Evan's political career included positions as U.S. Chief of Protocol for the White House and Assistant Secretary of State during the Carter administration. Returning to UMass Amherst to earn degrees in educational administration, he went on to head Middlesex Community College, City College of San Francisco, Trinity College in Hartford, Ct., the University of Hawaii, and now Westfield State. He has also served as president and CEO of the New England Board of Higher Education. Ronald Fredrickson, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor, UMass Amherst. Ron was essential in the establishment of counselor education in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. A member of the School of Education’s faculty for 29 years, Ron was an early proponent of research-based school counseling practice, founding the School of Education’s school counselor education program. He also was among the founders of the School’s school psychology program. Craig N. Mills, (Ed.D. 1982) Executive Director, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. A pioneer in computerized academic testing, Craig introduced computer-adaptive testing while at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. This model has since been adopted throughout the world. Throughout his career, Craig has arranged internships for School of Education students. Educators of Distinction continued from page 1
  23. 23. School of Education Newsletter 9 2008 Degrees & Awards in Education In May, Dean Christine B. McCormick congratulated 221 recipients of graduate degrees at UMass Amherst’s commencement ceremony. This group represented 14 percent of all the graduate degrees conferred by UMass Amherst. Master’s degrees in Education were awarded to 181 students and 27 graduates received doctorates. Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) were awarded to 13. In addition, the School had more than 170 undergraduate minors graduating this year. “When you graduate tomorrow you will be our newest alums and you will become part of a wonderful and interesting family,” Dean McCormick said at the graduate reception May 22. “We are so proud of you and want to hear about all of the wonderful things you are doing in your careers and your lives…please stay in touch.” Over the past three years, this year’s graduates received notable awards and scholarships. Jennifer Fisette (Ed.D. 2008), was a recipient of the C. Lynn Vendien Professional Prize Award and the Joseph W. Keilty Memorial Scholarship. Fisette’s dissertation was “A Mind/Body Exploration of Adolescent Girls’ Strategies and Barriers to their Success or Survival in Physical Education.” Also receiving a Joseph W. Keilty Memorial Scholarship was Cinzia Pica (Ed.D. 2008), whose dissertation was on “Children’s Perceptions of Interethnic/Interracial Friendships in a Multiethnic School Context.” Carolynn Laurenza, CAGS ’08, was also a recipient of the Joseph W. Keilty Memorial Scholarship. Among this year’s Master’s degree recipients, the School had the following award recipients: Ann Marie Burroughs, Early Childhood Graduate Student Fund Award; Yvonne Hilyard, Winifred Greene (Delta Kappa Gamma) Scholarship; Amy Jackson, Meline Kasparian Scholarship; Linda Neas, Meline Kasparian Scholarship; Kara Polesky, Grace Norton Carney Scholarship; Anne Talley, Meline Kasparian Scholarship. • James H. Mullen, Jr., (Ed.D. 1994) President, Elms College. Jim will soon take a new post as president of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, having previously served as Chancellor of the University of North Carolina, Asheville. He was senior vice president and director of Project 2002, a $3 million revitalization project at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Sonia Nieto, (Ed.D. 1979) Emeritus Professor, UMass Amherst. Sonia is a long-time champion of multicultural education, dating back to her teaching days in New York, where in 1968 she took a job at the Bronx’s P.S. 25, the first fully bilingual school in the Northeast. She taught in a bilingual education teacher preparation program co- sponsored by Brooklyn College and the School of Education. Nationally recognized for her work in multicultural and bilingual education and curriculum reform, she has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Lesley University and Bridgewater State College. Stephen A. Rollin, (Ed.D. 1970) Retired Faculty, Florida State University. Throughout his distinguished career, Steve has garnered a reputation as a leader in the areas of youth drug and alcohol abuse prevention. He started what is now the highly successful Coalition for Psychology in the Schools with links to 13 divisions of the American Psychological Association. Homer L. Meade II, (Ed.D. 1987) Senior Area Director, National Evaluation Systems. Homer received a special honor as the Graduate School Century of Scholarship Colloquia Speaker. A Champion of the legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois and past faculty of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst, he has been involved in the planning of many area Du Bois programs and was instrumental in cementing UMass Amherst’s stewardship of the W.E.B. Du Bois Boyhood Homesite. • Please Join Us Homecoming Weekend Friday & Saturday October 17 &18
  24. 24. 10 University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumnae/i News Contact us with your news at, (413) 545-2705 or 1970s Heriberto Flores (Ed.D. 1973) has been named the chair of the board of trustees at Holyoke Community College. Flores, a former UMass trustee, has been a trustee at HCC since 2002. He is the executive director of the New England Farm Workers’ Council. 1980s Shirley L. Handler (Ed.D. 1989) has received the 5th Annual Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Coalition Organized for Health Education in Schools (COHES). Handler, the developer and coordinator of the Health/Family and Consumer Sciences Program at Cambridge College, was honored in recognition of her work in promoting comprehensive health education in Massachusetts. 1990s Felice Yeskel (Ed.D. 1991) has been selected by Equity & Excellence in Education, a leading journal in examining inequalities in classroom settings, as guest editor of a special issue on “Class in Education.” Dr. Yeskel is co-founder and executive director of Class Action, a national, non-profit group based in Hadley, Mass. devoted to raising awareness, facilitating cross-class dialogue, supporting cross-class alliances, and promoting economic justice. Marisa Suhm (Ed.D. 1999) is the Assistant Director for the Department of Multicultural Services at Texas A&M University. She recently was involved in managing a large diversity conference at the university, and she is working on creating an inter- disciplinary, campus-wide diversity certificate program, as well as a new course on Social Justice for a Global Society, which she will be teaching this coming semester. Her husband Grant Suhm (Ed.D. 1996) is a private consultant, formerly with Texas A&M. For years, the couple directed Peace Corps Pre-service trainings in Micronesia, where their son Morgan was born. 2000s Samson MacJessie-Mbewe (Ed.D. 2004) is teaching Educational Policy Issues and Sociology of Education at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College. A Malawian citizen, Dr. MacJessie-Mbewe is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Policy and Leadership, coordinator of postgraduate studies in the college’s department of Educational Foundations, and examiner for Master of Education theses. He coordinates the college’s Fredskorpset Youth Exchange program with Volda University College in Norway, and serves on the boards for the Creative Center for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM), a non-governmental organization, and Leaders Academy, a private secondary school. Dwaine Lee (M.Ed. 2001; Ed.D. 2007) became the director of a merged Democracy, Governance and Education Office with USAID/ Macedonia in June. He has been with the group since 2006, when he started out as the director of its Education Office. His work includes judicial reform, anti-corruption, and decentralization activities, as well as primary education reform and workforce development, all in support of Macedonia’s aspirations for EU and NATO membership. He and his family - Naoma and boys Connor, 6, and Erik, 4 - will be there through 2010. • Over this past winter, Lamoureaux was tapped to oversee an “intermodal center” that is being jointly operated by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Mass., and Berkshire Community College. Located in Pittsfield, the center will serve as an additional satellite campus. He was also recently named a member of the School of Education’s Deans Leadership Council. For Lamoureaux, his long-time interest in education has been held by one thing: the students. “What keeps you going? It’s like a perfect golf shot after about 150 long ones,” he said. “You see the difference that you can make, and that makes you want to come back…all you need is just a few of those to crank you up.” These values have successfully spread through another generation, thanks to the pro- education household of Gary and Nancy Lamoureaux. “We joke about it because they would hear stories around the dinner table, about both the good and bad sides of education,” he said. “Apparently the positive side rubbed off.”• In the Family continued from page 5
  25. 25. School of Education Newsletter 11 Celebrating a Century continued from page 1 The first floor concourse emptied and filled throughout the day with tides of Centennial participants between Marathon sessions. People nibbled refreshments while milling about exhibits that included maps showing the locations of School of Education alumni in over 120 countries throughout the world and posters about the School and its history. A display of black and white photographs of alumni and faculty taken over the decades generated laughter and jovial comments. “I think that was the last time I wore a jacket and a tie…I was an assistant professor then,” said William Matthews, professor in the School’s Department of Student Development and Pupil Personnel Services, eyeing a picture of himself taken about 30 years ago when he sported a much more sizable amount of hair. “You have to remember, ‘fro’s were popular then.” “I think it’s great that all this is happening,” said alumna Ruth Hook. “I’ve just witnessed two seminars, and they were great.” The Marathon reminded Hook of her early days at the School, when such events were the order of the day. “It’s déjà vu all over again,” she said. By the time the Centennial receptions began late in the afternoon, the air filled with the festive sounds of a family reunion while everyone mixed and mingled. “I spent a very short time in education and a whole bunch of time in business, so this is sort of a chance to come back and see some old friends and get reintroduced to a little bit of the academic environment in education,” said Steven M. Gluckstern, Ed. D. ’74. “I’m excited by some of the things I see here. I hope Dwight Allen’s going to be here. He was on my thesis committee, and he’s a longtime friend.” Allen did indeed come out for the Marathon, heaping praise on the School all the while expressing the philosophy that made his tenure at the School the stuff of legend and controversy. “We had a lot of fun while I was here, created a lot of mischief,” Allen said. “We’re delighted to have stirred things up.” “I think the School is on the edge of a new epoch,” he added. “The advice I would give the School is, dare to be different. Get outside the box. Make mistakes. You have the right to be wrong.” Following the receptions, more than 200 Centennial attendees entered the auditorium for an elegant Centennial Celebration Dinner. Dean Christine B. McCormick welcomed the crowd. Chancellor Thomas W. Cole, Jr. commented on the School’s legacy and Provost Charlena M. Seymour spoke to its future, issuing a hearty cheer, “Go, School of Education, GO!” Former deans Dr. Dwight W. Allen, Dr. Marilyn J. Haring and Dr. Bailey W. Jackson, took to the podium to share stories about their times of Deanery. “It was certainly a learning experience…it was wild and it was wonderful, for the most part,” said former Dean Haring (1988-1991.) “The School has a wonderful history, but we had to move forward in ways that would help the School prosper,” she recalled, turning to praise Dean McCormick. “I think this School is extremely flexible and able to adapt to the changing world…it’s a world that’s changing so rapidly, education has to be new to meet those needs.” The evening featured the presentation of the Awards of Distinction to honored alumni and emeriti faculty (See related story page 1). “It’s been nice after all these years to receive an award from the School of Ed,” said emeritus professor Patricia Crosson (Ed.D. ’74), one of the ten awardees. “I feel like I should be giving them something for having been so wonderful to me.” Award of Distinction-winner and emeritus professor Ron Frederickson, Ph.D., and his wife, Patricia (Ed.D. ’74), trekked back to Amherst from the family farm in Kansas to meet old friends. “Oh, I think (the Marathon) is a wonderful idea because it gives us a chance to find out what the School of Education is doing, how the programs have changed,” Fredrickson said, noting the new challenges of No Child Left Behind and increased measures of educator accountability. “If you look at all of the (Marathon) programs, you will find that most of them are responding to things that are critical issues, right today. We can’t ignore them.” Karen Ross attended the Centennial as a way of honoring the School that helped her find her life’s work. A 1972 graduate whose graduate work involved teaching Native Americans in South Carolina, Ross now teaches high school in Worcester, Mass. “I think being at the School was a life-changing experience for me,” she said. “I wasn’t sure I really wanted to be a teacher, but the programs were so innovative and so interesting that it really made me think. At the School, teaching became my passion. It’s my life,” she said. “It has been for 25 years.” Former Dean Jackson (1991-2002) expressed hope that the Centennial Marathon would lay the groundwork for the return of more such marathons. “A lot more people would have enjoyed this,” he said. “I think it’s going to take a little while, but it could be really great to do this from year to year.” Dean McCormick agreed that such a celebration is invigorating for the School. “Now that we know how to host these celebrations, you can believe that we will be checking the archives for more dates to celebrate,” she said. •
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  29. 29. 2UMASSSCHOOLOFEDUCATION100YEARS,DailyHampshireGazette/AmherstBulletin,May22/23,2008,specialadvertisingsupplement UMASS SCHOOL OF EDUCATION Dr. Christine B. McCormick, Dean, School of Education. The School of Education is going on a Marathon. Not the 26-mile variety, but a two-day event, bringing together alum- ni, faculty, friends, students and staff to exchange ideas and share innovative practices. “Celebrating 100 years of preparing educators at UMass Amherst is an incredible opportunity for the School of Education community to come together and honor the School’s legacy of support- ing excellence and equity in education,”said School of Education Dean Christine B. McCormick. “We take great pride in the fact that, not only have we endured and grown through a century of incredible change, we remain a forward-thinking institution that continues to build its broad-based commu- nity of scholars while strength- ening public education,”she said. In addition to a number of individual receptions being held by the School during the Marathon weekend, the Center for International Educa- tion is hosting a 40th Reunion The Centennial Marathon Did You Know? n School of Education graduate, Dr. William A. Burke, founded the City of Los Angeles Marathon, the third largest in the world. n School of Education graduate, Dr. Charles Lamont Jenkins, won two gold medals for the U.S. track team in the 1956 Summer Olympics. n Ken Blanchard, author ofthebest-selling“TheOne- Minute Manager,”taught at the School of Education between 1970 and 1974. Dinner on Saturday evening, June 14. The School will take over the first floor of the Campus Center for all the festivities, which are open to the public. Opening sessions kick off Friday afternoon followed by receptions open to all partici- pants. The Celebration Dinner on Friday evening will feature former deans, distinguished alumni, and the first School of Education Awards of Distinction presentation. The Marathon continues Saturday with breakfast and ses- sions until noon. The School’s long history of preparing educators dates back to when William Richard Hart was tapped in 1907 to head the Massachusetts Agricultural College’s new program to pre- pare agricultural teachers. Dean McCormick said she looks forward to the Centennial Celebration weekend. “Given the legacy of our storied past, and the first-rate school that we are today, I am confident that 100 years from now the School would be as astounding to me as today’s School would be to William Richard Hart,”she said. For information about registering for the Centennial Marathon and Celebration Din- ner, registration, special guests, session topics, and events: tion/news/centennial.shtml. For information call (413) 545- 0897.
  30. 30. 3UMASSSCHOOLOFEDUCATION100YEARS,DailyHampshireGazette/AmherstBulletin,May22/23,2008,specialadvertisingsupplement The School of Education prepares educators for all the roles necessary in the operation of schools, be they teachers of students with disabilities, special education administrators, or school counselors. In an increasing number of settings stretching beyond the UMass Amherst campus, the School is preparing school psycholo- gists who intern in local schools, assist- ing teachers with effective instruction for students new to English, and help- ing those striving to become principals and superintendents increase their leadership skills. The School’s programs make sig- nificant contributions to the people in our local communities. For instance, the Access through Critical Content and English Language Acquisition (ACCELA) Alliance in Springfield and Holyoke offers a Master’s Degree in Education. This partnership supports the academic literacy development of linguistically and culturally diverse students attending public schools by providing comprehensive professional development to local teachers and administrators. Another case in point is Anthony Davila, M.Ed. 1997, acting principal of Springfield’s Chestnut Middle School. When Davila left Chestnut Middle School to go to high school, he thought he would never return. After a successful internship tutoring students there while he was an undergraduate psychology major at UMass, he signed up for the School of Education’s 180 Days in Springfield program to pre- pare to become a teacher at Chestnut Hill. Initially hesitant, it was with the urging of School of Education instruc- tor Robert W. Malloy that Davila finally chose a career in teaching. “It was perfect for me, working in a school that I had already been at, where I’d been as an intern,”Davila said.“It’s an awesome opportunity, so I jumped on it.” 180 Days in Springfield is a more than ten-year old partnership be- tween the UMass Amherst School of Education and the Springfield Public Schools. This intensive, yearlong stint in urban middle and high schools nets participants a Master’s degree in Education and a Massachusetts initial teacher license. As part of the program’s community outreach and service learning components, teacher candidates develop“legacy”projects. The School of Education: ServingWestern Massachusetts Anthony Davila is the acting principal at Springfield’s Chestnut Middle School. n Continued on Page 4
  31. 31. 4UMASSSCHOOLOFEDUCATION100YEARS,DailyHampshireGazette/AmherstBulletin,May22/23,2008,specialadvertisingsupplement “My project was pretty much an intensive English-as- a-second-language course,” Davila said. His students prac- ticed their English in informal settings, like playing chess, and interacted with leaders of the local Latino community. “I was able to get people to come in, people that had positions of prestige in the community, who were English language learners themselves,” he said.“They could tell their success stories. These students need that kind of encourage- ment.“ “I saw kids that were strug- gling, that were intelligent,” Davila said.“A lot of these kids were coming from their native countries as honor students, and then coming here and struggling. They were pigeon- holed, they were marginal- ized, and I thought they were the best students in the entire school. And I thought no one else saw it.” Davila stayed on at Chest- nut Hill eventually seeking Did You Know? School of Education alumni head a number of Massachusetts colleges and universities, including Westfield State College, Bridgewater State College, UniversityofMassachusetts Dartmouth,Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, and Middlesex Community College in Bedford. Did You Know? The School of Education isconsistentlyrankedinthe Top50GraduateSchoolsof Education by US News and WorldReport—movingup in the rankings every year since 2005. licensure as a principal, where he feels he can effect even more change for his students. Davila credits the intense workload of 180 Days with preparing him for the rigors of becoming a principal. Like Davila, Ruth-Ellen Verock-O’Loughlin has been able to operate in her home turf, in this case Athol. Be- cause of her experience as a doctoral candidate working with 180 Days in Springfield, she was later tapped to lead Bridges to the Future, a pro- gram which prepares elemen- tary, middle and high school teachers while serving the ru- ral school districts of Orange, Greenfield, and Turners Falls. The program was inspired by School of Education alum Bill Cosby’s calls to reach out to underserved rural areas and Cosby lent his spotlight for the launch of the program in Athol in 2004. “Having a close connec- tion with the community, having been raised in Athol and working at a school in Orange, when Cosby came on the scene, I was right in the middle of all that,”she said. In communities that have seen much of industry gone by the wayside, educators face challenges different from those facing urban schools.“Isola- tion is one of the trickiest,” Verock-O’Loughlin said. Like 180 Days, Bridges tries to avoid dictating to the local teachers, who serve as men- tors to the student teachers. “The students don’t go into the work saying I’m parachut- ing in to save a community,” she said.“They keep their ears open to listen to the teach- ers and students they work with. And mentor teachers are always continually looking to share ideas.” Still, the student teachers may be surprised by what they find, she said.“They’re sur- prised that they don’t have all the answers,”she said.“Some of these districts are labeled high-need, and sometimes they come thinking this is because the teachers and the students maybe haven’t tried hard enough. “They quickly see that it involves more than trying,” she said.“They’re surprised at how much energy and thought it takes to actually lead a group of kids and do it in a way that matches what the research is saying is good practice.” Projects conducted by students in the Community Service Learning component of Bridges include Family Math Night, After-School Mu- sic Club, a Community Mural project, a fifty-member Jump Roping Club and the e-pals group “The e-pals group consists of fourth grade students talk- ing to students in Turkmeni- stan,”she said.“We learn we can use technology to facili- tate talking to other people, and then be critical consumers of this technology.” One of the greatest values of the program is working along- side the mentor teachers. It’s a good example of the mixing of generations and disciplines that goes on at the School of Education. “The interns see that the learning never stops,”she said.“You don’t go out and get your first teaching job and stop thinking about what it means to be a good teacher.“ n Continued from Page 3 School of Education: ServingWestern Massachusetts
  32. 32. Preparing educators at the UMass Amherst School of Education means more than teaching teachers. Every year, the School sends graduates out into the world as leaders in education who draw on their experiences at the School of Education while they work to improve educational systems, policy, and practice. “I haven’t had anything that rich since,”said Dr. Rudolph F. Crew, Superintendent of the Miami-Dade County (Fla.) Public Schools, Crew, named the 2008 National Superin- tendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), head of the nation’s fourth largest school district, and one-time Chancellor of New York City’s Board of Education, credits 5UMASSSCHOOLOFEDUCATION100YEARS,DailyHampshireGazette/AmherstBulletin,May22/23,2008,specialadvertisingsupplement n Continued on Page 6 UMass School of Education: Preparing Leaders Miami Dade School District Dr. Rudy Crew, Ed.D
  33. 33. his 1973 doctorate from the UMass School of Education with preparing him for the hard work of administering urban schools. “In terms of the impact, I think it was really the ability to give a shape and a form in which to hold the whole conversation, everything from organizational change to race, class, and gender issues, to learning and learning theory,” he said. The School at the time was experiencing great changes reflective of the social chang- es taking place in the United States. “If society was going through a massive transforma- tion, and power was going to ultimately be given to people in communities who, prior to that, didn’t have it, you knew there still needed to be some rules,”he said.“There needed to be a way of think- ing about how to get good outcomes for children, for communities.” Crew, grew to understand the problems associated with school resources as a prob- lem with the distribution of resources, time, money and human resources. “When you look at that today, distribution of re- sources in public schools, it’s really the question - - does giving more money to poor or low-performing schools have to come at the expense of higher- performing more affluent schools? The doctoral program in the School of Education, Crew said,“Helped me establish a kind of a framework for being able to at least ask the right questions, many of which I pose in my current job as Superintendent of Schools.” Dr. Evan Dobelle, Presi- dent of Westfield State College regularly taps into the lessons learned from the doctoral program His greatest lesson? Do It Tomorrow. “It means you don’t do it next week or next month, or next year,”said Dobelle, former mayor of Pittsfield and past president of both Trinity College and the University of Hawaii. “You don’t need to have a lot of planning sessions on what to do, because every- body knows what to do…you don’t have to have any more conferences, you don’t have to have any more research reports,”he said.“You know the situation in education. You know it’s underfunded. You know people at a cer- tain economic strata are left behind forever. And race is disproportionately represent- ed in that group.” “Change it. Do It Tomor- row,”he said. Dobelle, like Crew, credits the School with nurturing his fire to take a leadership position.“The program had a certain energy in the early ‘70s which I’ve never seen replicated anywhere else,” 6UMASSSCHOOLOFEDUCATION100YEARS,DailyHampshireGazette/AmherstBulletin,May22/23,2008,specialadvertisingsupplement n Continued from Page 5 n Continued on Page 7 UMass School of Education: Preparing Leaders GREENFIELD COMMUNITY COLLEGE Dr. Pat Crosson, Emeritus Faculty, Dean’s Leadership Council.
  34. 34. he said.“There was a belief that anything could happen, anything could change in edu- cation and higher education.” He continues to draw on those ideals.“I find higher education to be over-man- aged and under-led,”he said. “I’m not interested in being a micromanager. I’m inter- ested in providing leadership and vision. I’m interested in celebrating faculty that inspire students. What I learned at UMass was not just the potential in every child, but the potential in every faculty member,”he said.“Teach- ers make a difference in your life.”Dobelle said. It was the faculty at the School of Education who made all the difference for Dr. Margaret A. Jablonski, who also taught at the School, eventually accepting the position of Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “The faculty that I had in my program were excellent,” she said.“They challenged me to think critically and broadly about diversity, organizational change, and legal issues, all of which have played themselves out in my career over the last 25 years. “I’ve worked at both large public and private universi- ties. My academic program at UMass really prepared me well, with a good founda- tion in organizational theory and legal policy,”she said.“I now actually teach a first year seminar in higher education policy issues, everything from free speech to affirmative ac- tion on college campuses, and I still hearken back to some of the issues that (Professor) Dave Schimmel covered in his Legal Issues class, such as due process rights on a col- lege campus, free speech, and hate speech. 7UMASSSCHOOLOFEDUCATION100YEARS,DailyHampshireGazette/AmherstBulletin,May22/23,2008,specialadvertisingsupplement n Continued from Page 6 Did you know? n More than 15 Alumni of the UMass School of Education are current or recentpresidentsofcolleges and universities. n More than 20 alumni of the UMass School of Education currently serve as vice presidents, vice chancellors, and deans at American Colleges and universities, including Clark Atlanta University, Duke University, Fitchburg State College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and University of Southern California. UMass School of Education: Preparing Leaders “Another area that UMass really prepared me well for was understanding the full context of not just race and gender, but class and every aspect of identity, sexual, orientation, religion, social class,”she said.“It was very eye-opening for me.“ Dr. Patricia Crosson, UMass Amherst Professor Emeritus, remembers study- ing Higher Education admin- istration in a kind of“work- study”program for school administrators. “I was a graduate student in the‘70s while an administra- tor on campus and then on the faculty from‘86 through 2002. During the faculty years, I took occasional stints on the administration side over at Whitmore, but I still kept my faculty status,”she said.“I was an administrator for two or three years, then I came back to the faculty, and then I’d go back to adminis- tration.” Dr. Crosson currently is a member of the UMass Amherst Foundation Board of Director’s, School of Educa- tion Dean’s Leadership Coun- cil, and Governor’s Readiness Project and chairs both the Greenfield Community Col- lege Board of Trustees and the Massachusetts Community College Trustee Association. “I found it very rewarding to be one of the many gradu- ate students in the School of Education who was working while being a student.” “It made all the difference in the world,”she said.“It fa- cilitated a deeper understand- ing of the work I was doing.” At the same time, there’s no question that higher educa- tion is a credentialed atmo- sphere, so the degree enabled me to have the advanced degree necessary to work as a faculty member as well as to advance as an administrator.” “It was critical for me, ab- solutely critical,”she said.“It wasn’t just‘go to classes and then go home and write the papers you have to write.’It was‘participate with us in the changing of education.’” “UMass was my most fun- damental teacher,”said Cros- son.“It gave me opportunities that you just don’t get other places.”
  35. 35. The School of Education possesses an impressive set of tools to meet the chal- lenges of its second century of preparing educators at UMass Amherst. More than one third of its 67 full-time faculty are new to the School since 2001 with expertise in such diverse areas as literacy, research and evaluation methods, reading and writing, special education, educational technology, and mathematics education. The School has more than 1,000 graduate students and attracts high-quality students from diverse backgrounds in- cluding an increasing number of international students. In 2007, more than 200 people completed licensure programs as teachers and other educa- tors. The School can boast a family of over 20,000 alumni from every state in the U.S. and more than 100 nations who are compelling spokes- people for educational reform and revitalization. Whether they work as traditional edu- cators, policy makers, or in the private sector, they are widely acclaimed scholars, profes- sional leaders, and dynamic agents for change. The School continues to be ranked in the Top 50 among graduate schools of educa- tion by U.S. News and World Report, and is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Edu- cation and the Massachusetts Department of Education. The Ph.D. in School Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association and is approved by the National Association of School Psy- chologists. Research Grants: This influx of new faculty and a growing student population has resulted in a renewed sense of growth and energy, which translates into an in- creasing number of research initiatives with more than $53 million in sponsored grants and contracts awarded to the School and its faculty since 2000. These interdisciplin- ary collaborations provide opportunities for students to participate in critical research and innovative outreach initia- tives. There are four research centers in the School. The Center for Educational Assessment conducts scien- tific analysis of methods for as- sessing education systems and practices. For example, the Center provides its expertise to improve large-scale assess- ment programs such as the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), the National Assessment of 8UMASSSCHOOLOFEDUCATION100YEARS,DailyHampshireGazette/AmherstBulletin,May22/23,2008,specialadvertisingsupplement n Continued on Page 10 State of the School today
  36. 36. 9UMASSSCHOOLOFEDUCATION100YEARS,DailyHampshireGazette/AmherstBulletin,May22/23,2008,specialadvertisingsupplement