Volume 6: Summer 2019

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Howdy, owl — or is it laelaps? Feel the teal — or is it graphite, you say? Find out the new Graduate Student Color and Symbol by tuning in to the live stream of Convocation on Tuesday, September 3 at 11:30am!

A group of graduate students

On July 10th, the Master of Arts in Teaching, Initial Licensure students along with some Mount Holyoke College alumnae and area teachers, took their annual field trip to the Quabbin Reservoir to participate in an EL Slice.

Read about the EL Slice from the student’s perspective.

Second year MATL students decorating for first year MATL students

Continuing the tradition of “elfing,” the new Master of Arts in Teaching, Teacher Leadership (MATL) students were welcomed to campus on July 15th with streamers and baskets full of Mount Holyoke gifts provided by the second year MATL students!

2019 graduates of the MATM program

In a special ceremony on July 19, 21 students were awarded their Master of Art in Teaching Mathematics degrees from Mount Holyoke College.  

Read the full story.

Read more News from the Graduate Programs.

Program Spotlight - Special Education/Moderate Disabilities

The Special Education population is on the rise

  • Over the past 10 years, the number of U.S. students enrolled in special education programs has risen 30%.
  • Three out of every four students with disabilities spend part or all of their school day in a general education classroom. So even as a general classroom teacher, teachers are likely to have a student on an IEP in their classes.

There is a need for qualified Special Education teachers

  • In 2015, 49 states report a shortage of special education teachers.
  • 51% of all school districts and 90% of high-poverty schools report having difficulty recruiting highly qualified special education teachers.

Why teach Special Education?

  • Special education teachers often have smaller classes and can develop relationships with students over multiple years.
  • Special Education Teacher Candidates qualify for the TEACH grant, a federal grant of up to $4000 a year in tuition remission and the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program.
  • The average salary for a Special Education teacher in the U.S. is $62,922.

Mount Holyoke Programs in Special Education

Whether you are looking to take classes in pedagogy or to develop your expertise in a particular content area, we have classes to help sharpen your skills and knowledge.

The Master of Arts in Teaching-Special Education program is a 38-credit program of study leading to licensure in Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12). Through practicum experiences in area schools, students will have opportunities to work closely with local special educators and to explore multiple aspects of special education including assessment and instruction, in a range of settings.

The Additional License in Special Education program (8 - 12 credits of coursework plus two internships) provides teacher candidates and previously licensed teachers with the core competencies they need to be able to apply independently to Massachusetts for a license in Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8 or 5-12). 

The Differentiated Instruction Institute offers courses to help educators build a framework and deepen their skills to support and empower diverse learners. Courses cover strategies to: help learners process, construct, and make sense of ideas; engage learners; monitor progress and make informed instructional decisions; and help all learners succeed. Students work with an advisor to craft the right set of courses based on each students’ needs and goals.

Learn more about our Special Education/Moderate Disabilities programs.  Make an appointment with the Admissions Coordinator today!

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

September 9, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Graduate School Fair. Washington DC. Chat with Tiffany Espinosa, Executive Director, about the programs and the application process. 

September 10, 7:00 - 8:00pm, Topics for Independent Schools Webinar. This free webinar series will provide an overview of topics critical to the success of Independent Schools Teachers. Participants can choose topics that are of interest to them and register for individual sessions. Or for those who wish to explore these topics in more depth, the non-credit option provides the opportunity for participants to join a Professional Learning Community comprised of emerging and veteran teacher leaders in conversation with additional resources for the practical application of the ideas introduced through the webinar series. Register.

September 12, 6:30 - 7:45pm, Math Coaching Virtual Professional Learning Community.Online. A community of math coaches from around the world who meet via videoconference throughout the year to learn together, share resources, discuss problems of practice, and support one another. Register.

September 17, 7:00 - 8:00pm, 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.

September 23, 7:00 - 8:30pm, Effective Practices for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of Middle School Mathematics Mathematics. This online learning experience 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. Each session will feature a different lead instructor who will guide us in exploring an effective practice for advancing the teaching and learning of mathematics. $348 for full access; $98 for limited access. Register.

September 23, 7:30 - 8:00pm, Virtual Open House. Online. Chat with Amy Asadoorian, Admissions Coordinator about the program options and the application process.  Register. 

September 24, 7:00 - 8:00pm, Topics for Independent Schools Webinar. This free webinar series will provide an overview of topics critical to the success of Independent Schools Teachers. Register.

September 25, 1:00 - 2:30pm, Wells College Information Session. Wells College undergraduates can meet with Amy Asadoorian, Admissions Coordinator, about the program options and the application process.

September 25, 4:00 - 7:00pm, Cornell University Graduate School Fair. Cornell undergraduates can meet with Amy Asadoorian, Admissions Coordinator, about the program options and the application process.

September 25 - 27, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference.Boston, MA. Michael Flynn is chair of the Program Committee.

October 1, 7:00 - 8:00pm, 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.

October 5, 10:00am - 12:00pm, National Diversity Graduate School Fair. Mount Holyoke College campus. National Diversity College Fairs, LLC was founded with the goal of helping under-represented, first-generation, and low-income high school /college students; especially African Americans, Native People, Latinx, Filipinos, Pacific Islanders, and Asian Americans. Meet with Amy Asadoorian, Admissions Coordinator, about the program options and the application process.

October 8, 7:00 - 8:00pm, 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.

October 10, 6:30 - 7:45pm, Math Coaching Virtual Professional Learning Community. A community of math coaches from around the world who meet via videoconference throughout the year to learn together, share resources, discuss problems of practice, and support one another. Register.

October 10 - 12, Northwest Mathematics Conference. Tacoma, WA. Michael Flynn is presenting.

October 15, 7:00 - 8:00pm, 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.

October 17 - 19, Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Jacksonville, FL. Michael Flynnis presenting.

October 22, 7:00 - 8:00pm, 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.

October 23, 7:30 - 8:00pm, Virtual Open House. Online. Chat with Amy Asadoorian, Admissions Coordinator about the program options and the application process.  Register.

October 29, 7:00 - 8:00pm, 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.

Faculty Recommendations

  1. Mount Holyoke College Common Read: Open to the entire College community to read and discuss. The Common Read sets the tone for the community. It helps collectively frame discussions for the upcoming academic year. 
    This year’s Common Read is: “There, There” by Tommy Orange. The novel follows twelve Native American characters on their way to the Big Oakland Powwow. As it turns out, the characters are connected in ways they didn’t even realize. “There, There” is one of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year.
  2. "Reclaiming Accountability in Teacher Education" by Cochran-Smith, Marilyn; Carney, Molly Cummings; Keefe, Elizabeth Stringer; Burton, Stephani; Chang, Wen-Chia; Fernández, M. Beatriz; Miller, Andrew F.; Sánchez, Juan Gabriel; Baker, Megina
    This book is a powerful examination of accountability in education today and provides a helpful framework for understanding the accountability structures that are already in place. The book does not conclude that 'accountability' itself is wrong but rather suggests that educators forge exciting and different accountability structures that emphasize democracy and a commitment to equity. Recommended by Ruth Hornsby, Assistant Director