Volume 3: March 26, 2019

News from the Graduate Programs

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In the News: Youth Writing Adventure

Heather Brown, Lecturer, Chloe Showalter MAT'19 and Matt Sterlein MAT'19 helped facilitate the Youth Writing Adventure in Amherst, MA.
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Graduate accepted to Teach to Lead Summit

Ann Neary, MATL’18 will be leading a team to develop a commitment and policy which would promote National Board Certification for educators in Connecticut.
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Ryan Wallace MATL’18 to co-teach

Wallace is returning to campus co-teaching the course X.EDUC 458: Owning Assessments and Data for Student Learning
Gwen Bass

Teacher Leadership Director working with DoCF

Gwen Bass has been collaborating with the Department of Children and Families to train foster parents on educational needs of youth in foster care.
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Graduate to partner with Pathlight Group

Eric Schildge MATL’19 and Mount Holyoke Graduate Programs are partnering on a sexual health education program for young adults with disabilities.
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The professional and graduate education division is working on offering courses on arts integration, focused on K-12 educators.

Soon-to-be Mount Holyoke alumnae gather for Commencement

Commencement has been moved to the Fieldhouse! More to come in the next Newsletter.

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Mount Holyoke College Graduate Programs is offering the Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement ReTELL (Stand Alone) course this summer.

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Program Spotlight - Arts Integration in Education

What is Arts Integration and why should we do it?

Arts integration is an inquiry-based, cross-disciplinary approach to teaching and learning that links the arts with other academic subjects. It advances collaboration and communication skills, and creates integrated learning experiences. Pedagogically, arts integration has been recognized as an especially effective method for engaging a wide range of students, from advanced placement students to second language learners, students with moderate disabilities, and those who are otherwise disengaged. Arts integration methods provide the opportunity for students to connect by co-creating content, thereby making it more culturally relevant, and getting students excited and engaged with learning.

  • Provide opportunities for all learners—even struggling learners—to be successful. The arts encourage joyful, active learning. 
  • The arts build community and help children develop collaborative work skills. 
  • Connect students to authentic learning that is relevant to them. 
  • Arts integration naturally involves several ways of processing information that may have positive effects on long-term memory. 

Lesson Plans & Resources 



  • March 26, 7 - 8:30pm, Leading Without Leaving (Online)
  • March 27, noon - 1pm, Online Application Walk-Thru (Online)


  • April 1 - 3, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, San Diego, CA. Michael Flynn is lead speaker:
    Turning Adversaries into Allies: Building Community-Wide Support for Your Initiatives in Mathematics
    Education. Sarah Bent is also attending.
  • April 4 - 6, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, San Diego, CA. Michael Flynn is presenting:
    Understanding Resistance in Mathematics Education: Why Change is Hard and How We Can Make It Easier.
    Sarah Bent is also attending.
  • April 5 - 6, #LeadLikeAGirl conference, Princeton, NJ. Emily Shimansky MATL’20 is part of a panel
    discussion entitled: Success Through Self: The Strength, Balance and Resilience; Corinne Miller, program
    coordinator will be presenting: Leading Roles! Using Theater to build leadership skills in girls.
  • April 9 - 13, Child Welfare League of America conference: Washington, DC. Gwen Bass is presenting: Foster
    Parent Training as an Advocacy Strategy to Support Family Reunification.
  • April 17, 10am - 4pm, Education Grad School Virtual Fair (Online)
  • April 28 - 30, TABS Global Symposium, Newport, RI. Tiffany Espinosa and Roberto Mugnaniwill be
  • April 30, 7 - 8:30pm, Leading Without Leaving (Online)

Faculty (and staff) Recommendations

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The Benefits of Arts Education

In research recently published by Rice University on the benefits of arts education, researchers Daniel Bowen & Brian Kisida found that arts in schools helps increase writing achievement, increases students' compassion for others, and reduces disciplinary problems. Other reports indicate that low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts are twice as likely to graduate college as their peers with no arts education, and African American and Hispanic children have half the access to arts education than their white peers. Looking for tools and resources to effect positive change regards arts in education? Check out the Field Guide, Toolkits, and e-books published by Americans for the Arts to get you started!

Recommended by: Tiffany Espinosa, executive director of Professional & Graduate Education


The projects I remember doing throughout my K-12 schooling are those that combined the arts with another subject. In the 2nd grade, I drew a comic strip that had Punky Brewster walking us through the anatomy of the human ear. 30+ years later, I can still tell you that the bones of the inner ear are the hammer, anvil, and stirrup. If you want a student to be excited about a subject, let them be creative with it. Just look at how many students are into American History now since “Hamilton” took the stage! Check out how these two teachers use the arts (comic books and storytelling) to help their students learn and retain their lessons:

Recommended by: Amy Asadoorian, admission & communication coordinator

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