News from the Graduate Programs Volume 10: January 2020

News & Events, Professional Graduate Education

Volume 10 | December 2020


News from the Graduate Programs

Eric Schildge, MAT’19 standing in front of a brick building in the winter with snow on the ground.

Eric Schildge, MAT’19 is quoted in an article from the New York Times. Read the article.

Jazebel Bermudez-Vera, MAT’20 is laughing in a classroom.

Jazebel Bermudez-Vera, MAT’20 is featured in an article from the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Read the article.

Circular, colorful logo for Global Action Research Collaborative on Girls' Education.

Mount Holyoke will host the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools Global Action Research Collaborative Fellows. Read the article.

Awards

Bevan Brunelle, MAT’17 in front of a Puerto Rican flag painted on a door and wall.

Bevan Brunelle, MAT’17 was awarded Holyoke’s Cone of Excellence for her leadership of the Holyoke High School Theatre Company.

Michael Dunlea, MAT'20

Michael Dunlea, MAT’20 has been awarded the NEA Global Learning Fellowship. He is also the recipient of the 2018 Presidential Award of Excellence for Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Publications

Greg Martin, Teacher Leadership Faculty, standing in front of a green background.

Teacher Leadership faculty, Greg Martin wrote an article for The Trustee Letter. Read the article.

Michael Lawrence-Riddell, MAT'21, with clouds behind him.

Gwen Bass, director Teacher Leadership programs and Michael Lawrence-Riddell, MAT’21 co-wrote a 3-part series for Faculty Focus.

Read the first article.
Read the second article.
Read the third article.

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Faculty Recommendations

Second Edition. Educating Emergent Bilinguals book cover with a circle of people holding hands.

Educating Emergent Bilinguals” by Ofelia García and Jo Anne Kleifgen

The contribution of this book is that it focuses on emergent bilingual students, and how we can use an asset-based approach to celebrating the value that these students bring into the classroom. The authors of this book challenge educators to move away from the monolingual, monocultural, deficits-based paradigm that currently dominates education. Instead of using the terms Limited English Proficient (LEP) and English Language Learner (ELL), the authors suggest using 'emergent bilinguals' and they explore the opportunity for engaging our students' bilingualism, and embedding bilingualism in pedagogical approaches. García and Kleifgen's work is particularly timely here in Massachusetts following the repeal of 2002's English-only law (Question 2) and the passage of the LOOK Act in 2017. Recommended by Ruth Hornsby, Assistant Director Teacher Licensure Programs.


Program Spotlight: Funding Your Education, Part 3

Funding your education is a concern for many students, and yet there are a range of resources available to help make it affordable. In addition to the information below, Mount Holyoke's Office of Student Financial Services works closely with students to talk about what can meet your needs. Watch the playlist of videos about Financial Aid for Graduate Students at Mount Holyoke from Taryn Dunaj, Associate Director of Student Financial Services.

Grants

There are many types of grants for graduate students, including ones that are: student-specific (based on your demographics, income level, hobbies, heritage, work, parents, etc.), subject-specific, and based on degree-level. Grants are given by federal and state governments, universities and both public and private organizations.

The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete coursework needed to begin a career in teaching. Watch the video about the TEACH grant from Taryn Dunaj, Associate Director of Student Financial Services.

Loans

Federal loans
Complete your FAFSA today. Watch the video about the FAFSA from Taryn Dunaj, Associate Director of Student Financial Services

  • Direct Stafford Unsubsidized loans - eligibility is not based on need.
    • Eligible for up to $20,500 a year; 6.6% interest rate, a 1.062% fee.
  • Graduate PLUS loans - eligibility not based on need, but a credit check is required.
    • Up to 100% of the cost of attendance (determined by the school) minus any other financial assistance received; 7.6% interest plus 4.248% fees.

Private loans are available from banks & credit unions, if you aren’t eligible for federal loans.

Teacher Loan Forgiveness

For licensed teachers working full-time in a low-income elementary or secondary school or educational service agency for 5 consecutive years, you may have up to $17,500 of your Direct and Stafford federal loans forgiven.

How do I know if I’m teaching at a low-income school or educational service agency? The school or educational service agency must be listed in the Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits (Low-Income School Directory), which is published by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) each year.


Upcoming Events

January 28, 7 pm. Coaching Toolkit Online Workshop. Join Shelby Regner, MAT’19 and Elise Kuypers, MAT’20, an Instructional Co-Coaching team, to learn and grow as a leader by finding purpose and support in organizing your coaching resources. Registration is full, but we are accepting names for the wait list.

February 5-8. Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention & Expo. Portland, OR. Gwen Bass is presenting.

February 4 , 7 pm. Leading without Leaving webinar. Mount Holyoke Master of Arts in Teaching, Teacher Leadership alums will share their stories about how their leadership roles have grown, updates on their capstones, any advice about life balance. Guests include: Rachel Mullervy, MAT'19; Beth Jarzabek, MAT'19; and Samantha Morin, MAT'19. Register.

February 11, 4:30 pm, Institute for Arts Integration. This informational session is for current teachers and administrators. Learn about emerging research on how arts-integration supports positive school outcomes; practical applications and a demonstration of arts integration in math, ELA, and STEAM; upcoming professional development opportunities for administrators and educators. Register.

February 12, 7:30 pm, Virtual Information Session. Chat with the Graduate Admissions Coordinator about graduate programs and the application process. Registration closes at 9am on the day of the event. You will be emailed a zoom link to join the discussion. Register.

February 20, 7 pm, Coaching Toolkit + Coaching for Emotional Resilience in Educators. We invite you to join Instructional Co-Coaching Team Shelby Regner, MAT'19 and Elise Kuypers, MAT'20 for an online webinar series to learn and grow as a leader. We will spend 3 weeks finding purpose and support in organizing your coaching resources and 3 weeks exploring strategies for supporting educators in emotional resiliency. Cost: $249 for 6 sessions. Register.

February 22, 10:30 am. 413 Area RA Conference. American International College, Springfield, MA. The 413 Area RA Conference aims to be a positive experience for all paraprofessional staff. It has since grown to include student and professional staff from institutions throughout the New England region. Representing Mount Holyoke College Graduate Programs is Amy Asadoorian. More information & register.

February 25, 4:30 pm, Institute for Arts Integration. This informational session is for current teachers and administrators. Learn about emerging research on how arts-integration supports positive school outcomes; practical applications and a demonstration of arts integration in math, ELA, and STEAM; upcoming professional development opportunities for administrators and educators. Register.

March 4, 7 pm. Leading without Leaving webinar. These guests are from various parts of the US, and they will share their leadership stories. Guests include: Ariel Sacks, Noah Zeichner, Precious Crabtree, Leticia Skae. Register.

March 4-7. Teachers Development Group Leadership Seminar on Mathematics Professional Development: Developing Leaders of Equity and Mathematics in PreK-12 Mathematics Teaching and Learning. Portland, OR. Michael Flynn is presenting.

March 13 Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Massachusetts Spring Conference: Math Is For ALL, Not For Sum. Worcester, MA. Michael Flynn is presenting.


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