Dear Lynch School Community,
Since my arrival as dean, I have had the opportunity to observe the interactions of faculty not only with their students but also with each other. In campus events, department meetings, and casual conversations in the hallways of Campion, it is clear that the Lynch School is not just another school of education. It is a distinctive place that values cooperation and community more than aggrandizement. People here are committed to working together for the greater good, and especially to improving the lives of those who have fewer advantages. Many schools of education talk about justice and community, but at the Lynch School we have an unusual vision and a special community that work toward it.
Twenty years ago, recognizing that the number of non-native speakers of English in the US was sure to expand dramatically, the Lynch School committed to building what is now a robust dual-language learning program. Today, Boston College faculty are leaders in the field.
The year 2016 marked the twentieth anniversary of TIMSS (Trends in International Math and Science Study), the longest-running international assessment of student achievement in math and science. Housed at the Lynch School’s TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center and led by Executive Directors Michael Martin and Ina Mullis, TIMSS has assessed math and science performance at the fourth- and eighth-grade levels every four years since 1995, monitoring results and providing data that help participating countries make informed decisions about educational policy and practice.
In October, Boston College and the City of Newton announced plans to address economic disparity in the city with the establishment of a research partnership that supports “Economic Growth for All”—a wide-ranging effort launched in 2015 by Newton Mayor Setti Warren ’93 that has been described as a “city-wide blueprint to promote economic mobility in Newton over the long term.” A first round of proposals included a project led by Lynch School Professor and former dean Maureen Kenny to assess the mayor’s Summer Youth Internship Program, which aims to offer opportunities to high school students with limited access to academic and career planning resources.
Lynch School Professor Anderson J. Franklin received the Warrior Award at the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education in Southampton, Bermuda, in October. The award recognizes Franklin’s career-long commitment to studying and working to diminish challenges that influence the educational experiences of black men and boys.
On November 19, the Society for Linguistic Anthropology awarded its 2016 Edward Sapir Book Prize to Stanton Wortham, the Lynch School’s Charles F. Donovan, S.J., Dean, and his coauthor Angela Reyes for their book Discourse Analysis beyond the Speech Event (Routledge, 2015).
Lynch School of Education Associate Professor Laura O'Dwyer was awarded a $3.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation for her project “Supporting Success in Algebra.” O'Dwyer will look at the effectiveness of Transition to Algebra, an intervention for high school freshmen, which tries to establish the “logic of algebra” by connecting arithmetic pattern and algebraic structure, with a focus on “habits of mind,” to create a coherent mathematical storyline.
Harry Dumay, Ph.D. '09, Educational Leadership and Higher Education, was named the 11th president of the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Previously, Dumay served as the senior vice president for finance and chief financial officer at St. Anselm College.
Colleen Ganley, Ph.D. '11, Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology, received an Early Career Research Contributions Award from the Society for Child Research and Development. Ganley is on the faculty of the Psychology Department at Florida State University.