Teaching and Learning Department Announcements

Course Requirements Change

All students completing a practicum after July 1, 2014 will be required to complete one course leading to a Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) endorsement. Contact Traci Almeida for more information.

MTEL Support

All preparation sessions are free of charge for current students enrolled in Education courses. See Michelle Hathaway in Liberal Arts 398A for registration form.

Lynn and Fredric Alpert Distinguished Education Scholarship

Deadline for Essay Submission October 31, 2013
Attention all Teaching and Learning Department Seniors

There is $1,000 available for a deserving senior undergraduate in the Teaching and Learning Department who is committed to a teaching career in Massachusetts. The recipient will be selected on the basis of an essay on the topic of the future of education in Massachusetts at the primary, secondary or higher education level (whichever is of most interest to the applicant).

Email essay to Michelle Hathaway at mhathaway@umassd.edu

UMass Dartmouth Professor Receives $600k to Help Blind Children Half a World Away

Sheila L. Macrine Ph.D. UMass Dartmouth professor Dr. Sheila Macrine has received a three-year, $600,000 grant from the Qatar National Research Fund to research how to adapt a U.S.-based assessment tool to serve blind and visually impaired pre-school children who speak Arabic. She will collaborate with Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs and serve as the lead principal investigator.

With this grant, Dr. Macrine, a cognitive psychologist and a professor in  the Department of Teaching and Learning, will develop an assessment scale that will help to identify cognitive developmental delays or deficits in visually impaired children who may benefit from early intervention.

This project will utilize an adaptation of an English language learning tool, the Oregon Project — which is the most comprehensive assessment and curriculum program available for visually impaired children — to determine skill and performance levels of children who are blind or visually impaired and who speak Arabic.

Developed countries typically offer this kind of screening as part of children's health programs, but at present there are no developmental assessment for this population of children in the Arabic-speaking world.

Dr. Macrine's project aims to train both psychologists and teachers to evaluate the cognitive development of these children. These evaluations will enable educators and institutions to create individualized education plans for the children and their families — starting in Qatar, but ideally expanding to other populations throughout the Gulf region.

Dr. Sheila Macrine's most recent book, Critical Pedagogy in Uncertain Times: Hope and Possibilities, was also honored with the McLaren Foundation's Citation of Merit.