Volume 7: September 24, 2019

Volume 6, September 24, 2019

News from the Graduate Programs

In case you missed the announcement at Convocation, President Sonya Stephens revealed the new Professional and Graduate Education (PaGE) color and symbol, as chosen by the community in a recent poll. Our exciting additions to the cherished tradition of class colors and symbols at the college are:

Teal: The calming and soothing tone of teal reflects the aspirational spirit of our students and educators. The color evokes a sense of freshness and optimism.

The Owl. A perennial symbol of wisdom, the owl is venerated for its focus, intuition and exemplary vision. Through myths and folklore the world over, the owl has long inspired both awe and fascination. As the preeminent symbol associated with Athena, goddess of wisdom and city protectress, the owl represents the ability to strategize and see the whole truth — and achieve victory.

Welcome to the new graduate students who started this Fall! Want to be in the next cohort? It’s not too late to apply for Spring 2020!

Stephani Lopez Rodriguez, MAT’19 along with faculty members Alicia Lopez and Kathryn Accurso have written an article for MATSOL Currents entitled: Challenging Deficit Perspectives of Multilingual Learners in Everyday Talk.

Gwen Bass, director of Teacher Leadership programs, has been quoted in an article from NBC News on how parents can better help their kids with homework. Read the whole article.

New partnership with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment

Our Initial Licensure students will get the chance to learn how to teach science in an exciting new partnership with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment at one of only 23 Certified Living Buildings worldwide! Thanks Colleen Kelley, we’re looking forward to working with you!

Michael Flynn, director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics (MATM) program

Michael Flynn, director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics (MATM) program, serves as program chair for the NCTM Regional Conference in Boston this week. Program Committee members include MATM faculty members Marta Garcia, Kaneka Turner MATM’15, Hetal Patel; Effective Practice facilitators Kristin Gray and Kris Childs; and MATM alumna Lachanda Garrison MATM’19.

Presenting at the conference will be assistant director, Sarah Bent; faculty members: Virginia Bastable, Shauna Hedgepeth, Trish Kepler, Susan Jo Russell, Deborah Schifter, Karen Schweitzer, Annie Sussman, Jan Szymaszek, and Polly Wagner. Also presenting are: Lachanda Garrison MATM’19 and Becky Holden MATM’21.

Read more News from the Graduate Programs.


Program Spotlight - Independent Schools Program

A signature program of the Master of Arts in Teaching, Teacher Leadership; created by independent schools faculty for independent schools faculty.

Teacher looking at student

A two-year coed degree program for full-time educators

  • Online evening courses during the school year; on-campus and online courses over the summer. Coursework is immediately applicable to the independent school setting.
  • Non-degree professional development courses are also available through our Independent Schools Institute.

A win for your entire school community

  • Improves teacher engagement and retention, boosting school morale.
  • Promotes excellence in teaching and inspires meaningful professional development through mentorship.
  • Connects faculty to a global learning community of professional educators.
  • Support is tailored to support “triple-threat” faculty — who teach, advise and coach.
  • Addresses a real-life need or issue at the teacher’s school, through a required capstone project.

Is This Program Right For You?

Designed for full-time educators working in independent schools who want to enhance their teaching and/or prepare for leadership roles. Students choose from two tracks: one focused on teaching pedagogy and the other for educators looking to hone their leadership skills. Students collaborate with outstanding independent schools faculty to expand their professional network.

Teacher talking to a group of students sitting in a circle.

Join us for a free Topics for Independent Schools webinar!

September 24, 7-8 pm ET
Facilitator: Scott MacClintic
Title: Learning & the Brain

Description: Take a deep dive into working memory and how it is involved in learning. Consider practical strategies for applying brain research to your classroom. Register.

October 1, 7-8 pm ET
Facilitator: Heather Flewelling
Title: Understanding & building relationships with students (advising, dorm life, coaching, & classroom)

Description: Building bridges, holding boundaries: how do we utilize our spaces outside the classroom to better understand and nurture the many facets of our developing  students? Register.


Upcoming Events

September 24, 7-8 pm, 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, 1-2:30 pm, Wells College Information Session. Aurora, NY. Wells College undergraduates can meet with Amy Asadoorian, Admissions Coordinator, about the program options and the application process.

September 25, 4-7 pm, Cornell University Graduate School Fair. Ithaca, NY. 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, 7-8 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.

October 5, 10 am-12 pm, 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. Register.

October 8, 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.

October 10, 6:30-7:45 pm, 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, 7-8 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.

October 17, 10 am-2 pm, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Career and Internship Fair. North Adams, MA. MCLA undergraduates can meet with Amy Asadoorian, Admissions Coordinator, about the program options and the application process.

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

October 22, 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.

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

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.


Faculty Recommendations

Adventures in Teacher Leadership: Pathways, Strategies, and Inspiration for Every Teacher by Rebecca Mielwocki and Joseph Fatheree book cover

Adventures in Teacher Leadership: Pathways, Strategies, and Inspiration for Every Teacher by Rebecca Mielwocki and Joseph Fatheree with introduction by frequent MATL guest speaker Katherine Bassett. Not sure where to start your work as a Teacher Leader? Learn strategies for overcoming obstacles unique to leading without leaving the classroom.

Recommended by: Gwen Bass, director of the Teacher Leadership Programs


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