Partnership News
October 2016
In This Issue
I hope this fall is treating you well. In western Massachusetts, we are enjoying some sorely needed precipitation. The silence since our last newsletter cannot be blamed on the rain, snow, or even the drought, however, but rather on only one thing: the Partnership has been busy! You'll find details in the Partnership Update below, but let me highlight here an important upcoming opportunity.
December 3, 2016: Navigating Native Spaces: Workshop for Middle and High School Teachers and Librarians in New England. This one-time opportunity to work with Lisa Brooks and Judy Dow explores a new primary source website created by Dr. Brooks. To apply, click here. Priority application deadline is November 5. Please spread the word!

We are also holding
the Western MA Math Partnership's (WMMP) Fall Mathematics Institute for K-16 Educators: Improving Math Learning through the Standards of Mathematical Practice, on October 29. Though registration has closed, we hope you will join us for Spring 2017 math professional learning communities also organized by the WMMP.
All the best,
Marla Solomon
Partnership Update Update 
2015-2016 Accomplishments: 
2016-2017 Projects and Activities:  

The Partnership welcomes your participation in or ideas for our work.   

New program ideas? Questions? Don't hesitate to contact the Partnership office.
Educator Lessons: Karen Schweitzer 
In this issue, we celebrate a recipient of the recently awarded 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, Karen Schweitzer, a third grade teacher who has been teaching for 27 years at the Anne T. Dunphy School in Williamsburg, MA. In addition to her 34-year teaching career, she has spent the last 22 years participating in National Science Foundation projects. Schweitzer also provides professional development in mathematics and mathematics education for teachers throughout the United States. Karen is an active member of the Western Massachusetts Mathematics Partnership, a regional network of K-16 mathematics educators supported by the Five College Schools Partnership, and helps to plan and facilitate collaborative professional learning within that community.
In the classroom, she invites students to explore concepts, create solutions, and work collaboratively. Schweitzer believes that "even the youngest minds can engage with big mathematical ideas," and thus pushes for innovative work with primary students. She fosters a growth mindset in her students, encouraging them to always keep trying and to push through hard problems.
"The award affirms my passion for and skill in teaching math and reinforces my commitment to continuing this work in and out of my classroom," says Schweitzer. "I am so excited by this honor and the opportunities it will afford me to continue to engage in conversations about math education."
Awards are presented to one mathematics and one science teacher from each state each year. In addition to Schweitzer, John Heffernan, also of the Dunphy School, and Keith Wright of Hampshire Regional High School have been recent awardees.
Opportunities for Educators
The Collaborative for Education Services is offering Election Day professional development opportunities. Check their website for more information.

2016-2017 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series: The U.S. in the Age of Mass Incarceration. This exciting and important series offered by the University of Massachusetts Amherst History Department includes lectures, related professional development sessions for teachers led by award-winning social justice educator and Partnership Advisory Council member Dr. Antonio Nieves Martinez, and support for curricular connections and transportation to lectures. The next lecture is Tuesday, November 1 - Concentration Camps, American Style: Japanese Americans and WWII. On the eve of the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 which authorized the removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans, this lecture by Franklin Odo, Amherst College, explores the history and legacy of Japanese internment. 5pm, Herter Hall 601, UMass Amherst.

Send relevant announcements of opportunities for educators for this newsletter to Marla Solomon.