News from the Graduate Programs Volume 8: October 29, 2019

Jazebel Bermudez-Vera, MAT’20

Jazebel Bermudez-Vera, MAT’20 talks to Paradigm Shift about the importance of making connections with her students and why she decided to get her Master of Arts in Teaching at Mount Holyoke.

Read the article.

Hitchcock Center to provide STEM curriculum training for teacher candidates.

The Master of Arts in Teaching, Initial Licensure Program has partnered with the Hitchcock Center to provide STEM curriculum training for teacher candidates.

Read the article.

Gwen Bass talks to Comcast Newsmakers about marginalized students.

Gwen Bass, director of the Teacher Leadership programs, appeared on Comcast Newsmakers to discuss engaging teachers, families and support professionals to improve school experiences and long-term outcomes for marginalized students.

Watch the video.

Piggy bank

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.

In this multi-part series, we will highlight a number of opportunities that may be available to you for funding your graduate education at Mount Holyoke College.

Scholarships

Usually competitive with an application process, scholarships can be:

  • Need-based
  • Merit-based
  • Based on your background
  • Based on your area of interest or affiliations
  • From professional associations, civic groups, foundations, local government, etc.

The Graduate Program offers over a dozen scholarships, half of which are through partnerships with outside organizations.

Fellowships

Usually competitive, often have an application process. Fellowships are awarded for academic excellence, fellowships are found in many fields and often include an internship or other service commitment. This gives you the chance to gain professional experience or pursue academic research in your field. They may be offered by the school/department or outside agencies. Fellowships may support your course of study, or research; many fellowships support study abroad.

The Graduate Programs offer five different fellowships for which you can apply.

Assistantships

May cover tuition or provide a tuition discount; or be in the form of an hourly wage or stipend. You could work for the college in:

  • research
  • managing a lab
  • teaching
  • supporting faculty and the department

See the available student assistantship positions at Mount Holyoke.

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain book cover.

Faculty Recommendations

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta Hammond takes the mystery out of culturally responsive teaching by making it understandable and accessible to teachers. Hammond provides the neuroscience behind why culturally responsive teaching works and shows how we can actually simulate the cognitive development of underperforming students to help them become independent learners. It is not a how-to book, but it provides excellent guidance for how we can operationalize culturally responsive teaching to meet the needs of our most underserved students.

Recommended by Heather Brown, MAT Faculty member; Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at East Longmeadow Public Schools.

Upcoming Events

October 29, 7-8 pm, Topics for Independent Schools Webinar. Online. This free webinar series will provide an overview of topics critical to the success of Independent Schools Teachers. Register.

November 14-15, Consortium for Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE) conference. Brandeis University. Catherine Swift, director of teacher licensure programs and Ruth Hornsby, assistant director of teacher licensure programs will be attending.

November 15-16, California Math Council South. Palm Springs, CA. Michael Flynn, director of math leadership programs, is presenting.

November 18-21,Add+Vantage Math Recovery (AVMR). Providence, RI. Michael Flynn is presenting.

November 20, 7:30pm,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.

December 2, 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.

December 6-8, California Math Council North. Monterey, CA. Michael Flynn is presenting.


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