News from the Graduate Programs Volume 12: March 2020

News from the Graduate Programs, Vol. 12 March 2020

Volume 12 | March 2020


News from the Graduate Programs

Excellence in Teaching Award Logo

2020 Winners of the Harold Grinspoon Excellence in Teaching Award include some of our current students and alum:

Kelsey Adkins, MAT’20. Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District.

Emma Martin, MAT’18. Northampton Public Schools.

Samantha Morin, MAT’19. Holyoke Public Schools. Follow Sam’s book on Instagram: @beyondtheclassroom_book

Congratulations to all of the winners!


Michael Flynn, Visiting Instructor in Psychology & Education; Director, Mathematics Leadership Program

Michael Flynn was featured in two articles relating to online learning. Read the articles at the links below.

ASCD: Transitioning to Online Learning: Pro Tips on What You Need to Know

EdWeek: Teachers Share Resources for Teaching Online During Coronavirus School Closures


Teaching English Language Learners SEI Endorsement

Teaching English Language Learners SEI Endorsement (Stand-Alone Course): This course is offered for in-service and pre-service teachers seeking SEI endorsement. It serves as the ReTELL course that provides an overview of pragmatic pedagogical strategies for including English Language Learners in content area classroom instruction. Students will have experience developing and adapting lessons and curriculum to address the needs of students in their pre-practicum or classroom settings.

More information: https://gradadmission.mtholyoke.edu/register/SEI20


New! Instructional Coaching & Leadership Institute
This institute was designed for content area Instructional Coaches and Leaders in Education, K-8. Learn with experts in coaching, professional development, and teacher leadership. Refine your coaching, understanding of adult learning, and professional development skills. Receive personalized mentoring sessions with instructors.

Learn more: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/professional-graduate/instructional-coaching-leadership-institute


New! Independent Schools Fellowship Program (ISF)
The ISF is for aspiring and early career educators who would like to build their experience while getting their graduate degree. It is an opportunity for you to get into the world of teaching, with the support of mentors and the coursework to help you: learn how to develop curricula, effectively engage students and manage your classroom, and be a good coach and advisor, and be a leader in your school.

Learn more: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/professional-graduate/independent-schools-fellowship


Free online prep sessions for the Communication and Literacy Skills MTEL test.

Reading Subtest: Saturday, May 2 from 2-4 pm EST

Writing Subtest: Saturday, May 9 from 2-4 pm EST

Sign up here.


Summer Programs and COVID-19: Graduate programs will be held, but we are still determining if courses will be held online only or as a hybrid of online and in-person classes. For the most up-to-date information on Mount Holyoke’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/health/coronavirus

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Faculty Recommendations - What Happened to Math Class?

Michael Flynn, director of the math leadership programs, recently facilitated an information session for parents and educators to help them understand the changes in mathematics education. Visit mathleadership.org/what-happened-to-math-class/ to watch the replay and access resources that support this session.


Program Spotlight - Online Teaching & Learning

The Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak may result in school closures requiring learning to go online. We’ve compiled a list of online educational resources to aid this transition for teachers, students, and parents alike.


Upcoming Events

March 31, 7 pm: Leading without Leaving webinar. Meet teachers who are leading educational initiatives while remaining in the classroom. Guests include: Karyn Dickerson, Wendi Pillars, Tricia Ebner, Lindsay Smith, Haydee Rodriguez. Free. Register.

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.

April 16, 8 pm. 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.

April 18, 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.

May 2, 2 pm. Communication & Literacy MTEL: Reading Subtest prep course. Online. Free. Sign up.

May 9, 2 pm. Communication & Literacy MTEL: Writing subtest prep course. Online. Free. Sign up.


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