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Faculty member Shameka Powell received FRAC award
The Faculty Research Awards Committee (FRAC) has awarded Education Faculty Shameka Powell a Summer Faculty Fellowship for their project "Getting Off Track: Misalignment between district-level constructions of and school-site implementations of de-tracking policy." The committee "voted with enthusiasm" to award the fellowship. When asked about the work they plan to do, Shameka said,"I am quite excited about this project and how it's coming together. With the award fellowship, there are two things I plan to do. One, I plan to get even deeper into analyzing policy documents. And two, I plan to interview administrators, educators, and school support staff to see how they understand the de-tracking policy." Way to go, Shameka!
 Faculty member Laura Rogers to receive 2018 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Faculty Mentoring Award
Faculty member Laura Rogers will be one of two recipients of the 2018 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Faculty Mentoring Award. This award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding support of a graduate student (or graduate students) from course completion through research and post-degree placement.
book review Director of the MA in Educational Studies, Professor Sabina Vaught on her recent book Compulsory: Education and the Dispossession of Youth in a Prison School
Congratulations Sabina. Interim Chair and Director of the MA in Educational Studies, Professor Sabina Vaught, recently published Compulsory: Education and the Dispossession of Youth in a Prison School. Compulsory is an ethnographic study of one state's juvenile prison school system. In a conversation with department social media specialist Stuart Montgomery about the ideas for the book, Sabina said, "I started out as a high school English teacher before I got into academia — where I saw how the exchange of knowledge in schools is institutionally organized around discipline, control, and ultimately punishment. This matches the structure of prisons… and one of the things that haunted me while I was teaching was, despite the overcrowding, there were still empty seats in my classes. Where were those students? Some of them were literally in captivity."
Cynthia Robinson, Director of Museum Studies, received the 2017 John Cotton Dana Award for Leadership, presented by the Education Committee of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).
The award recognizes individuals outside the field of museum education who exhibit outstanding leadership and promote the educational responsibility and capacity of museums. Award judges noted Cynthia's commitment to helping museum educators write and publish in the peer-reviewed Journal of Museum Education, and to inspiring students to be activists who open museums to all audiences. Cynthia will receive the award at the AAM Conference in May, and will participate in a panel discussion about leadership. The John Cotton Dana Award is conferred on an occasional basis, and was last awarded in 2015. Over the lifetime of this award it has been awarded to 10 people
Susan Barahal, Faculty and Director of Art Education Program, has sculpture selected for inclusion in the "The Nature Show" at the Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College.
The show opens on August 28th and continues through November 4th.
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Assistant Professor Shameka Powell awarded the 2015-16 AERA Division G Dissertation Award
Assistant Professor Shameka Powell has been awarded the 2015-2016 AERA Division G (Social Context of Education) Dissertation Award for her dissertation titled Sifting for success: A grounded theory approach of sponsorship of Black academic success. This is a highly competitive award, and only one is given annually. Dr. Powell will be acknowledged at an event at this year's AERA annual meeting, which will be held from April 8-12 in Washington, DC.
Alum and Assistant Professor Kristen Wendell to be awarded with PECASE award at the White House
Kristen Wendell, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, alumna, and colleague of our department, to be awarded with Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) at the White House.
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Bárbara Brizuela, Professor and Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts & Sciences, has a new paper in the current issue of The Journal of Mathematical Behavior
Cañadas, M. C., Brizuela, B. M., & Blanton, M. (2016). Second graders articulating ideas about co-variation with linear functions. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 41, 87-103.
Bárbara Brizuela, Professor and Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts & Sciences, and Mary Caddle, Math Education PhD alumna and post-doctoral associate at the Poincaré Institute for Mathematics Education at Tufts University, have a new paper out.
Caddle, M., & Brizuela, B. M. (2016). Multiplication Principle Problems And Permutation Problems. The Mathematics Teacher, 109(6), 463-467.
Professor and Chair David Hammer and Lama Jaber, STEM PhD alumna and Assistant Professor at Florida State University, have a new paper out
An article by PhD alumna Lama Jaber and Professor and Chair David Hammer, "Engaging in science: A feeling for the discipline," is in Early View at the Journal of the Learning Sciences.
Director of Museum Studies Cynthia Robinson writes column and speaks at online Hangout
Cynthia Robinson, Director of Museum Studies, was asked to write a "Voices From the Field" column in the December issue of the American Alliance of Museum's EdCom Newsletter. She also spoke at an online Peer2Peer Hangout, organized by the National Art Education Association's Museum Education Division, about writing for the Journal of Museum Education.
Professor and Chair David Hammer out with new book
Robertson, A., Scherr, R. E., & Hammer, D. (Eds.) (2016) Responsive Teaching in Science and Mathematics. New York: Routledge.
"The Science of Character" conference
Part-time Lecturer Deborah Donahue-Keegan to preside over "The Science of Character" conference
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Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies
Associate Professor Sabina Vaught continues as senior co-chair of the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies.
Democratizing the Maker Movement
Assistant Professor Brian Gravel and his makerspace work with Malden High School are featured in the Huffington Post!
New faculty member Shameka Powell named a Neubauer Faculty Fellow for 2015-2016
The Neubauer Faculty Fellows program, made possible by Joseph Neubauer, E63, J90P, and Trustee Emeritus Jeanette Neubauer, assists Tufts in hiring exceptional scholars whose work will elevate the University's academic stature and reputation. Learn more about Dr. Powell and their work.
In May, Director of Museum Education Cynthia Robinson gathered with museum educators from around the country in Denver
Director of Museum Education Cynthia Robinson spent three days at the end of May in Denver, Colorado, at a convening of 100 museum educators from around the country. The group never reached consensus on the goal, to articulate the future of museum education, but it was heartening to see that most people defined the current role of museum education in similar ways. The two best things about the gathering were meeting new and reuniting with old colleagues, and spending time at the Denver Art Museum's Friday night public event. Offered on the last Friday of the month, DAM hosts a damn good party that attracted young and old to experience art through music, storytelling, art-making, workshops, food, and drink.
A Maker Space at Malden High School
Triple Jumbo and Director of Elementary Education Brian Gravel explores the role that "maker spaces" play in schools. The project has taken him to Malden High School, one of our department's long-standing partners, and its Nedlam's Workshop makerspace, a space that blends "older craft technologies with newer digital technologies in service of kids asking questions about the world and then solving them by making things."

Peter Balonen-Rosen, a reporter for WBUR's Learning Lab wrote about the Malden High School makerspace and interviewed Gravel about his work there. Read the article >
Museum Education faculty member Jenna Fleming is working on a website that will accompany a fall exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Museum Education faculty member Jenna Fleming, who teaches Museums & Digital Media, is working on a web microsite for a fall exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The exhibition, "Ornament and Illusion: Carlo Crivelli of Venice," takes a closer look at the Renaissance artist's remarkable decorative style and provides opportunities to explore conservation insights about one of this paintings, including his use of pastiglia to build up the painted surface. The web site will be responsive so that it can be used on smartphones within the gallery or on desktops and iPads at home.
MAT in Art Education faculty member Pamela Bower-Basso shows her work
MAT in Art Education faculty member Pamela Bower-Basso has a couple of pieces of artwork in the BAA Summer Members' Exhibition at Brickbottom Gallery in Somerville, Massachusetts.
MAT in Art Education Kay Furst takes her students to Natick
For a third year MAT in Art Education faculty member Kay Furst's summer class, ED 0191B Art Education and the Exceptional Child, has been invited back to work with the exceptional children in the Natick Summer Program this July. Her students will be going into each of the classes engaging the students in art making activities. The assistant director of Student Services in Natick wrote to Kay about how well received her students were last year, saying: "The teachers said how much everyone enjoyed working with you last year. We would love to have you back!"
Education department faculty member Deborah Donahue-Keegan will be co-authoring a book chapter with her students
Faculty member Deborah Donahue-Keegan and her students will co-author an accepted, proposed chapter for an edited volume to be published by The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL).