UMass Dartmouth Establishes International Honor Society for Teacher Education

More Than 60 Students Part of Inaugural Induction of Alpha Eta Alpha

College of Arts & Sciences Dean Jeannette Riley, Dr. Sonia Nieto, and Associat Professor Dr. Sheila Macrine this week inducted the Alpha Eta Alpha chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society for Teacher Education. More than 60 UMass Dartmouth undergraduate and graduate students were inducted into this historic charter chapter. 

"Behind every great student is a dedicated teacher," said UMass Dartmouth Provost Mohammad Karim. "This is a historic day for our future educators. I look forward to seeing the positive impact this historic charter chapter will have on our community and in our schools." 

Dr. Sonia Nieto, Kappa Delta Pi Laureate Representative, Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture in the School of Education at UMass Amherst officiated this historic charter chapter following a lecture on her new book Finding Joy in Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds: Culturally Responsive and Socially Just Practices in U.S. Classrooms. 

Dr. Macrine will serve as Alpha Eta Alpha's Chapter Counselor and was given an award induction night  by Kappa Delta Pi, presented by Dr. Nieto, in recognition of her passion and efforts to establish a UMass Dartmouth Kappa Delta Pi chapter. 

Undergraduates must attain a 3.2 GPA and graduate students a 3.5 GPA for consideration into the honor society. The International Teacher Educator Honor Society at UMass Dartmouth is one of only a few of its kind. UMass Dartmouth is only the second campus in the UMass system to have such an honor. 

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