News from the Graduate Programs Volume 9: December 2019

Volume 9 | December 2019


News from the Graduate Programs

Photograph of Kathryn Accurso

Kathryn Accurso, MAT Faculty, was awarded the 2020 Ruth Crymes TESOL Academy Fellowship. Congratulations, Kathryn!

Read more about the Ruth Crymes TESOL Academy Fellowship.

Blanca Osario-Castilo, holding up a whiteboard with the words "I see ___, I think ___." on it.

Blanca Osario-Castilo, one of our supervising practitioners, was awarded the Wallace Excellence Award. Congratulations, Blanca!

Read the story.

Lincoln Smith, MAT '16

Lincoln Smith, MAT’16 wrote an opinion piece for the Hechinger Report entitled: The problem with my urban music classes? It wasn’t the students, it was me.

Read the article.

Sara Perez Battles MAT'19

Sara Perez Battles, MAT’19 and MAT Faculty Kathryn Accurso co-authored an article with Brenda Muzeta entitled: Reflection multiliteracies: Teaching meaning making across the visual and language arts.

Read the article.

Group of Diverse Teacher Workforce Coalition at its recognition dinner for teacher candidates.

Paradigm Shift (part of the Diverse Teacher Workforce Coalition) had a recognition dinner for its teacher candidates on Friday, November 22, 2019 at Summit House in Holyoke. Congratulations to all!

Ruth Hornsby

Ruth Hornsby, assistant director of teacher licensure programs spoke at UMass-ResLife in early November about backwards design and critical reflection for educators.

Ruth is also is producing an ESL MTEL online workshop for Five Colleges, Inc.

Read more News from the Graduate Programs.


Faculty Recommendations

Book Cover: We Want To Do More Than Survive Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom

In “We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom” by Bettina Love we are introduced to an alternative to traditional education reform. Love argues that educators should teach students about racial issues and how to make sustainable change in their communities through civic engagement.

Recommended by Gwen Bass, director of the teacher leadership programs.


Program Spotlight-Funding Your Education, Part 2

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.

Employee Benefits

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement for their employees.

  • Coursework may need to relate to your job.
  • Some companies require that you work at the firm for a certain period before you can use the benefit, and/or that you need to stay for a period after you finish school or pay back part of the tuition.
  • Up to $5,250 of such tuition assistance qualifies as a tax-free benefit.
  • Check with your Human Resources Department to see if you are eligible for any tuition benefits.

529 Plan

You can “pre-pay” for a students’ qualified educational expenses through a “529 plan” (a.k.a. Qualified Tuition Programs) which allows for tax-free savings. You can use your 529 plan at more than 6,000 U.S. colleges and universities and more than 400 foreign colleges and universities. Check to see if an institution is eligible under 529 rules. Depending on your tax bracket you could be saving anywhere from 10% - 37% by using one of these tax-free savings programs.

Income Share Agreements (ISAs)

MentorWorks provides education financing for students through ISAs and provides networking opportunities with valuable mentors and employers.

An Income Share Agreement is basically an agreement to earmark a percentage of future income to pay for schooling. When you graduate from college and start a job, you will be paying a fixed amount of your salary to the college for a set period of time.

VA Benefits & Military Scholarships

Not only are veterans eligible for benefits and scholarships, there are also a number of scholarships dedicated to the spouses and dependents of people who have served in the armed forces!

  • Yellow Ribbon Program: school-sponsored support
  • Post 9-11 GI Bill®
    • Up to 36 months of educational benefits, can be transferred to dependents
    • Tuition and Fee Payments
    • Monthly Housing Allowance
    • Books and Supplies Stipend
    • One-Time Rural Benefit for Certain Veterans

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Tax Credits

The IRS has a variety of tax incentives for higher education including:


Upcoming Events

December 19, 7:30 pm, Virtual Information Session. Chat with the Graduate Admissions Coordinator about graduate programs and the application process. Registration closes at 9 am on the day of the event. You will be emailed a zoom link to join the discussion. Register.

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

January 13, 7 pm, Effective Practices for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of K-5 Mathematics. This professional learning series is designed to connect educators from across the country and around the world to learn from some of the educational leaders in the math community. Register.

January 22, 7:30 pm, Virtual Information Session. Chat with the Graduate Admissions Coordinator about graduate programs and the application process. Registration closes at 9 am on the day of the event. You will be emailed a zoom link to join the discussion. Register.

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. Register.

February 12, 4:30 pm, Institute for Arts Integration: Convening. 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.

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

February 25, 4:30 pm, Institute for Arts Integration: Convening. 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.


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