The Western Massachusetts Math Partnership (WMMP), established in 2010, is dedicated to supporting mathematics education from kindergarten through college in western Massachusetts. Through the WMMP, faculty from more than ten school districts and ten colleges and universities collaborate in professional learning communities and institutes on math and math teaching. View the event gallery on Flickr.
Native Americans of New England 2015 was a three-week NEH Summer Institute for twenty-three participating educators from around the U.S. and American Samoa. The 2015 Institute examined the history of Native American peoples in New England through a rigorous, interdisciplinary humanities program that included primary source analysis, museum visits, conversations with Native and non-Native guest presenters, and development of curriculum plans for their home schools. View photos of the Institute on the Five Colleges Facebook page.
Doors to the World: Critical Multicultural Literacies for Global Understanding is a new project that began this summer with a Summer Institute for Educators, held July 13-16, 2015, with twelve teachers from New England and New Jersey. A collaboration among the Five College Schools Partnership, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Hampshire College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) College of Education, the Five College Center for East Asian Studies, and the UMass Amherst Center for Educational Software Development, this project supports global understanding through literacy development, targeting Pre-K to Grade 3 children in U.S. classrooms. We will create an online resource that provides educators with in-depth materials that will enhance their ability to deepen children’s understanding of the world and of themselves. The website will feature a list of carefully chosen published picture books coming from and/or relating to a wide range of countries and cultures, each book presented with curricular, visual and informational materials that richly contextualize the story and enable teachers to readily integrate lessons using the book into their classrooms. The website is now under development. Watch this space for new of website launch in spring 2016! Doors to the World is funded by a grant from the Longview Foundation.