CTEP UMass The Collaborative Teacher Education Program (CTEP) is a 10-month program that offers a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) leading to Initial Massachusetts Licensure in Elementary Education (grades 1-6).

CTEP seeks dynamic students interested in an intensive, full-time program of study that is rooted in constructivist theory with emphasis on active investigation, collaboration, problem solving, dialogue and reflection. CTEP focuses on pedagogy that develops a community of learners, builds on students’ prior knowledge, assesses students’ understanding, plans inquiry-based curriculum, and designs differentiated instruction. CTEP believes that the education of a diverse student population is fundamental. To support this important goal, CTEP students engage in substantial field work in both urban and suburban settings and actively explore issues of educational equity and social justice in academic coursework.

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Fifth Annual Boston-area Educators for Social JusticeConference REGISTRATION & CALL FOR PROPOSALS BELOW!

Dear Educator, Organizer/Activist, Student, Youth, Parent, or Community Member,

Registration is now open for the Fifth Annual Boston-area Educators for Social JusticeConference on May 30th! The Conference is produced by Teacher Activist Group (TAG) Boston and will be held at the Curley School in Jamaica Plain. Over the next few weeks, we will be updating our website with details about the conference schedule and keynote speakers, but we promise you that we’ve got some fantastic workshops and panels planned.
Conference Aims:
● Facilitate dialogue, share resources and build strategy among those interested in education for liberation
● Develop youth leadership and support youth voice in education
● Build a movement for quality education that combines the visions of youth, communities, families and teachers
Please check out the conference website and register now – it’s free!

Currently we are seeking workshop proposals from individuals or groups interested in leading a workshop at the conference. We invite everyone -- students, teachers and community organizers/activists -- to apply. Student-led workshops are strongly encouraged! Check out our website for more information on workshop proposals

This year we are excited to be creating a new affinity-groups space for people to connect and check in with folks who are doing similar work and considering similar questions. This builds on our open sessions from previous years. More to come on our website in upcoming weeks.

Get involved! There's still time to participate in planning this conference.
1) Register for the conference (it’s free!)
2) Consider submitting a proposal for a workshop or panel
3) Pass this information on to others and encourage them to register
4) Consider volunteering at the conference and the days leading up to it
5) Email us your ideas or feedback about the event: [email protected]

For more information, contact [email protected] or find us on the web to register: besj.weebly.com. And yes we will offer childcare & interpreting again this year! We look forward to seeing you on May 30th!

Saturday, March 28thThrough the organization Rap Sessions, this event will bring together a group of performers and acti...

Saturday, March 28th
Through the organization Rap Sessions, this event will bring together a group of performers and activists who will serve as panelists and help to facilitate workshops regarding the issues that are most important to our campus and the surrounding community: including a self care workshop, a teach-in, and conversations about how to have productive conversations about race at Mount Holyoke, the high school drop-out rate in Springfield, and gentrification in Holyoke to name a few. Moderated by Jasiri X. Following the panel and workshops, the political hip hop duo, Rebel Diaz, will be performing in the Blanchard Great Room FREE OF CHARGE.


March 31, 2015 WITH Dr. David O. Stovall (University Illinois, Chicago) - Youth Organizing & Critical Partnerships

Tuesdays @ 6:00-7:00pm | UMass Amherst Campus Center | FREE AND OPEN TO ALL
This seminar series feature critical methodologies in youth-centered and community-based research. Each lecture followed by Q&A.


The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Education at Hampshire College is excited to invite you to a /Race Matters /Lecture given by Dr. Christine Sleeter on Wednesday, November 19th at 5:30pm in the Main Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College. Sleeter is an international reknowned scholar of Anti-Racist Multicultural Education and she will be speaking on /Critical Family History as a Tool for Confronting Today's Social Justice Issues.

Christine Sleeter is Professor Emerita at California State University, Monterey Bay. She is the Immediate Past President of the National Association for Multicultural Education and recipient of the American Educational Research Association Social Justice in Education Award. Sleeter's most recent books include: /Power, Teaching and Teacher Education/ (Peter Lang, 2013), /Professional Development for Culturally Responsive//and/ /Relationship-based Pedagogy /(Peter Lang, 2013), and /Creating Solidarity across Diverse Communities/ (with Encarnación Soriano, Teachers College Press, 2012).

The Lecture is co-sponsored by the UMASS Center for Civic Engagement & Service-LearningCenter for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies, Department of Communication; Smith College Center for Community Collaboration and Center for Religious and Spiritual Life; Dean of the College at Mount Holyoke College; Hampshire College Critical Studies of Childhood, Youth & Learning Program; the Five College Lecture Fund; and The
Center for Community Engagement at Amherst College


Brown Bag with social justice educator Christine Sleeter

Wednesday, November 19 from 11:30 pm to 1:30 pm in Campus Center 163C, UMass Amherst.

Come, share meaningful conversations with a nationally recognized
scholar, and get inspired!

Complementary coffee and dessert will be available


The Children, Families, and Schools Concentration
of the College of Education proudly presents

The Fortnightly Lunch Series

Antonio Nieves Martinez
Assistant Professor, Social Justice Education, UMass Amherst

Who Are We Waiting For?: Teacher-led Inquiry to Develop and Support Critical Educators

This study examines the efforts of a community-based organization of teachers creating grassroots, social justice professional development. Teacher-led inquiry was used to empower teachers in South Los Angeles to deeply understand their craft and build expertise as participants in knowledge creation. An intersectional framework provides this study with a lens of seeing, analyzing, and intervening into operations of power as it took form within the group. The participants are a convenience sample of seven teachers that range in experience, teach across academic disciplines, and work in elementary and high school settings. Using a critical ethnographic approach and in-depth interviews, findings point to the ways this teacher-led inquiry group focuses on teachers’ developing humanizing, critical and culturally relevant spaces for learning.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
12pm-1pm, Furcolo Hall, Room 20


The Children, Families, and Schools Concentration
of the College of Education proudly presents

The Fortnightly Lunch Series

Ysaaca D. Axelrod
Assistant Professor
Department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies

“We speak in Spanish here, we can’t do that in class”:
University-School Partnerships to Support Heritage
Language Development

This paper presents a collaboration between university students and [email protected] children at an elementary school in the Southeastern United States. Using an ethnographic case-study design, this study examined a before-school program called: “Valuing Heritage Language.” The findings of this study reveal the importance of supporting language and literacy development across domains and languages, as well as the importance of honoring and fostering heritage language(s) in order to support identity development.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
12pm-1pm, Furcolo Hall, Room 20

Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction
Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction

Resources and Downloads for Differentiated Instruction

Daily collaborative planning time at Mesquite Elementary enables teachers to plan differentiated instruction to address the progress of each student. Credit: Zachary Fink Tips for downloading:

Building a DIY Classroom Library
Building a DIY Classroom Library

Building a DIY Classroom Library

"When teaching at a Title I school, funding can be difficult to come by. In some cases, there are needs that simply cannot be met. This often includes foregoing a classroom library."

24 Apps, Games, and Websites Teachers are Using in STEAM Classrooms
24 Apps, Games, and Websites Teachers are Using in STEAM Classrooms

24 Apps, Games, and Websites Teachers are Using in STEAM Classrooms

In February, we highlighted apps, games, and websites that support science, technology, engineering, art, and math learning (STEAM). And we invited educators to write Field Notes telling us how technology supports their teaching in these subject areas.  Of the many Field...

Interesting list for engaging students in any content area
Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking

Interesting list for engaging students in any content area

Ideally, teaching kids how to think critically becomes an integral part of your approach, no matter what subject you teach. But if you're just getting started, here are some concrete ways you can be

“The world is a puzzling place and when you’re young it doesn’t make sense,” Professor Wartenberg says. “What you’re giv...
Philosophical reasoning taught in the second grade. - NYTimes.com

“The world is a puzzling place and when you’re young it doesn’t make sense,” Professor Wartenberg says. “What you’re giving them is the sort of skills to learn how to think about these things.”

Philosophical reasoning taught in the second grade.

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