News from the Graduate Programs Volume 14: June 2020

News and Events from Professional and Graduate Education Volume 14: June 2020

Volume 14 | June 9, 2020

Did you know that we offer more than just Masters degrees? If you’re looking for professional development, we are your one-stop shop! Read our Top 5 reasons to take professional development courses at Mount Holyoke College.

New Online Courses for July

Instructional Design for Online Learning: This class will introduce you to the best practices, instructional tools, and virtual facilitation techniques necessary for successful online teaching and learning. Participants will use the tools to workshop and fully develop an online or hybrid course.

Online Pedagogy and Distance Learning for PK12 Educators: In this class you will review current research on effective online pedagogy and tools for teaching with technology in PK-12 classrooms; participants will develop electronic portfolios that address state content and performance standards.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science: In this class you will develop tools to ensure that your PK-12 students are able to use and assess technology while also preparing them to successfully participate and work in a technological world.

Schools, Schooling, and Society: An Introduction to Education and Social Policy: The course examines the social policies and catalysts that have caused transformation in society and public education.

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Courses for Credit Courses for non-credit

Upcoming Events and Learning Opportunities

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

June 11, 1pm: Mike Flynn is a guest for Education Week’s Distance Learning Summit on June 11. This is a free event and you can register here: Education Week Registration.

June 11, 7pm: Mike Flynn will lead a session for NCTM’s 100 Days of Professional Learning. His session is titled: Turning Adversaries Into Allies: Building Community-Wide Support for Your Initiatives in Mathematics Education. Register.

Icon of a computer and Learning Success Graphic.

Gwen Bass, director of the teacher leadership programs, and Michael Lawrence-Riddell, MATL’21 have co-authored an article for Faculty Focus. Read the article: “An Educational Shift: Encouraging Mission-Driven Online Learning”.

Classroom Q&A with Larry Ferlazo from Education Week blog.

Beth Brady, MATM’18 was a guest contributor to Larry Ferlazo’s Education Week Blog.

Read the article: “Less is More in Math Distance Learning.”

Little Things First: Little Things Can Make A Big Difference

Michael Flynn, director of the math leadership programs, was interviewed for the podcast Little Things First. His episode, entitled “Moving too fast to abstract island: Building bridges to the comprehension of mathematics,” can be heard here.


Lachanda Garrison, MATM '19

Lachanda Garrison, MATM’19 was named the Department of Defense Education Activity Teacher of the Year and is now in the selection process for National Teacher of the Year. She will be honored in Washington DC in April.

Read the article.

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Program Spotlight - Professional Development

Top 5 reasons to take professional development courses at Mount Holyoke College.
  1. You’ll be learning from the best!

    Our instructors are experienced master teachers, teacher leaders and scholars. They understand the nuances of teaching in today’s schools and are devoted to helping each student meet their personal and professional goals.

  2. It’s convenient!

    Our professional development courses use a range of teaching formats to support and provide flexibility to our students, including accelerated and interactive online courses. In our accelerated courses you dive right in and finish your course in just a few weeks! Our interactive online courses include a mix of video conference and asynchronous coursework.

  3. Stay busy and grow your skills over the summer.

    While we offer courses throughout the year, the majority of our professional development courses are offered in summer when it’s most convenient for working teachers.

  4. You can take courses for graduate credit or for non-credit.

    Whether you are a professional looking to build your skills, a visiting student enrolled in another institution or non-degree student seeking personal or professional enrichment, we invite you to explore our courses to see what might be a good fit for you.

    Taking a course for credit not only gives you access to top notch faculty and engaging content, you also receive graduate credits on an official transcript that can be transferred into the program of your choice. Scholarships are available for students taking courses for credit.

    Interested in the course just to grow your skills? Then choosing a non-credit course might be right for you. Non-credit courses are not graded. We can provide you with a certificate of completion.

  5. Courses taken for credit can be transferred into a Masters program or Institute.

    Transfer your professional development courses into one of our Masters Programs, including:

    Not ready for a full Masters degree? Our Professional Development Institutes help you develop your skills in an area of specialty. Taken at your own pace, with just 12-14 credits you will be able to complete one of our institutes.

    Our specialty areas include: Independent Schools, Arts Integration, Differentiated Instruction, Instructional Coaching, and many more!

  6. BONUS!

    Did you know, we also do private, custom professional development for departments, schools and districts. Interested? Please contact our office to discuss your needs.

Faculty Recommendations

Black Ants and Buddhists: Thinking Critically and Teaching Differently in the Primary Grades by Mary Cowhey.

Black Ants and Buddhists: Thinking Critically and Teaching Differently in the Primary Grades by Mary Cowhey provides educators with a model of how to enact a social justice curriculum in the classroom. The ideas, approaches, and philosophical beliefs that are foundational to Mary’s teaching provide concrete examples of what equity and critical pedagogy look like in action. This book is an inspiration as it encourages educators to think “outside the box” to create a just and equitable education for their students. Recommended by Catherine Swift, director of Teacher Licensure Programs.

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