News from the Graduate Programs Volume 11: February 2020

News and Events from Professional and Graduate Education (image of a classroom with adult learners)

Volume 11 | February 2020

News from the Graduate Programs

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The Education Division (a combined report on the undergraduate and graduate programs here at Mount Holyoke College) received our final report and approval letter from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). We received "approved with distinction!" This means that our educator prep programs have been identified as "operating at such a high level that it could serve as a model for other providers in the state or nation." There's only one other teacher prep program in Massachusetts that has received this commendation. Congratulations to all!

Faculty Recommendations

Graham Fletcher

Graham Fletcher has served in education as a classroom teacher, math instructional lead, and math specialist. Graham’s work with the math progressions and problem-based lessons has led him to present throughout North America and beyond.

He is continually advocating for best practice in elementary mathematics by seeking new and innovative ways to support students and teachers in their development of conceptual understanding.

Graham's progression videos show how mathematical content develops across the grades. Short and engaging, these videos are helpful to anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of how students make sense of ideas related to early number and counting, the operations, and fractions.

Recommended by Sarah Bent, Assistant Director Math Leadership Programs.

Program Spotlight - Funding Your Education, Part 4

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.

Outside Scholarships

Below are just a handful of outside scholarships and fellowships for which you could be eligible. Please consult the organization’s website for eligibility requirements and deadlines.

American Association of University Women Fellowship

American Association of University Women Fellowships

One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW provided $4.3 million in funding for fellowships and grants to 270 outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2019–20 academic year. Due to the longstanding, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance. Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities.

American Council on Education Fellows Program

American Council on Education Fellows Program

Since 1965, nearly 2,000 vice presidents, deans, department chairs, faculty, and other emerging leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program, a customized learning experience that enables participants to immerse themselves in the study and practice of leadership and experience the culture, policies, and decision-making processes of another institution. The ACE Fellows Program helps ensure that higher education’s future leaders are ready to take on real-world challenges and serve the capacity-building needs of their institutions.

Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers approximately 470 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright offers flexible awards including multi-country opportunities.

National Academy of Education

National Academy of Education Dissertation Fellowship

The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, analysis, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented researchers conducting dissertation research related to education.

Planning for Commencement

Graduation, 2019

Students completing their degree program over the summer months could be eligible to walk at Commencement in May. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact your program director.


See the full schedule of events for graduate students and their guests.


Each graduate will receive four tickets to the Kendall Field House. For those individuals interested in attending the Commencement ceremony without tickets, the unticketed seating area will have a separate line at the guest entrance. This seating area is available on a first come, first served basis. Your additional guests can also enjoy the ceremony from campus in Gamble Auditorium or in the Great Room in Blanchard Hall, by way of a live telecast. The event will also be live-streamed for those who can not attend in person. For those families who require accessibility accommodation or specially arranged seating, please complete an accommodation request form by April 30.


If you plan to walk at Commencement in May, please take a moment to order your regalia here: The cost is $75 and it includes a cap, gown, tassel, and hood. If the cost of buying a cap and gown is a barrier for you, please let us know as we have a limited amount of resources to provide support in this area. You can get in touch by emailing or calling 413-538-3478.

Upcoming Events

February 28-29. Second-Language Learning & Disability Conference. Boston University. A two-day forum aiming to provide world-language educators with tools and strategies for creating an inclusive curriculum and a classroom climate of tolerance and respect that includes, represents and accommodates students with learning disabilities. Free. 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 10, 7:30 pm. Virtual information session. Chat with the Graduate Admissions Coordinator about graduate programs and the application process. You will be emailed a Zoom link to join the discussion. Register.

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

March 17, 10 am. Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics Virtual Info Session. This mini info session is designed to give a brief overview of our online/hybrid Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics program for those interested in applying. We will go over the basics of the program including how you can attend completely online. After the 20 minute presentation we will host an optional Q&A session for those who would like to stay for it. Register.

March 19, 7:30 pm. Virtual information session. Chat with the Graduate Admissions Coordinator about graduate programs and the application process. You will be emailed a Zoom link to join the discussion. Register.

March 19-20. Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU) Diversity, Equity & Student Success Conference. New Orleans, LA. Catherine Swift and Ruth Hornsby are presenting.

March 30-April 1. National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Annual Conference. Moving Mathematics Leadership into the New Decade. Chicago, IL. Michael Flynn is presenting.

April 1-4. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Centennial Annual Meeting. Celebrating 100 Years - Looking Back and Moving Forward. Chicago, IL. Michael Flynn is presenting.

April 13, 7:30 pm. Virtual information session. Chat with the Graduate Admissions Coordinator about graduate programs and the application process. You will be emailed a Zoom link to join the discussion. Register.

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