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  • Russ Olwell, associate dean of the Winston School of Education and Social Policy at Merrimack College, contributed to a letter to the editor of the Eagle-Tribune about the value of dual enrollment classes. 

  • Associate Dean Russell Olwell’s letter to the editor was published in the Jan. 2. 2021 edition of the Eagle-Tribune. Olwell talked about Merrimack students’ community service during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Russell Olwell associate dean and professor in the School of Education and Social Policy interviewed with Zippia.com about what aspiring graduates can do to start off their careers in an uncertain economic climate. He offered tips on what skills young graduates need when they enter the workforce and how technology will impact the field of education over the next five years.

  • Kathryn Welby, assistant professor of practice, education and community standards in the Winston School of Education and Social Policy, was featured in an article in WalletHub about states and the best schools. 

  • Brittnie Aiello co-authored “’Grandma is the next best thing to mommy:’ Incarcerated motherhood, caring relationships, and maternal identity” in the International Journal of Care and Caring. Features incarcerated mothers’ separation from their children and conflicted feelings toward caregivers. 

  • The Winston School of Education and Social Policy’s Dr. Elaine Ward was recently invited to speak (virtually) to a coalition of universities in Australia on her experiences as one of the co-PIs leading an international pilot of the U.S. Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement in Ireland. Twelve Irish universities participated in the project and Dr. Ward presented on the challenges and benefits of using a U.S.-centric framework to assess civic and community engagement in another country. 

  • Assistant professor of higher education Elaine Ward in the Winston School of Education and Social Policy recently served on the planning committee for a Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and Campus Compact sponsored symposium Advancing Equity Through Publicly Engaged Scholarship: Transforming Faculty Rewards Policy & Practices. Dr. Ward coordinated and moderated the closing session with female faculty and community-engaged scholars of color who spoke on issues of equity and promotion and tenure. Dr. Ward currently serves as the external evaluator on a related Massachusetts Department of Higher Education grant to three state universities to advance equity for faculty of color in academic work and specifically in the promotion and tenure process.

  • From the Winston School of Education and Social Policy, dean Isabelle Cherney and associate dean Russell Olwell, published an article about early childhood education, “Early College High School/Dual Enrollment 2.0”, in Metropolitan Universities.

  • The Winston School of Education and Social Policy Associate Dean Russ Olwell wrote an op-ed column for The Eagle-Tribune newspaper April 15 urging school districts to hire graduates when schools reopen. Merrimack students studying education have been relentlessly proactive in their commitment to helping K-12 teachers while schools are closed. They are showing that the next generation of teachers will be excellent and worthy of the profession.

  • Isabelle Cherney, Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy, was featured in The Wall Street Journal on May 1, 2020. Cherney talked about young kids’ fascination with adults and how this helps explain the continued popularity of toys that mimic adult jobs like the microscope and rocket kits. 

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September 25, 2021

September 28, 2021

  • 6-Week Virtual Series: Yoga for Wellbeing with Dr. Sarah Benes

    Thank you for your interest in attending our upcoming six-week yoga series. These free and virtual sessions are open to the public and will be facilitated by Dr. Sarah Benes, Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Health Sciences at Merrimack College.

    NOTE: These sessions will occur every Tuesday night from 7:00pm-8:15pm EST throughout mid-September and October on Zoom. The dates are 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26. Once you fill out the RSVP, you will receive reminder emails with a Zoom link for each of these sessions. We encourage you to come to as many sessions as you can.

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October 5, 2021

  • 6-Week Virtual Series: Yoga for Wellbeing with Dr. Sarah Benes

    Thank you for your interest in attending our upcoming six-week yoga series. These free and virtual sessions are open to the public and will be facilitated by Dr. Sarah Benes, Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Health Sciences at Merrimack College.

    NOTE: These sessions will occur every Tuesday night from 7:00pm-8:15pm EST throughout mid-September and October on Zoom. The dates are 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26. Once you fill out the RSVP, you will receive reminder emails with a Zoom link for each of these sessions. We encourage you to come to as many sessions as you can.

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 7:00pm to 8:15pm

October 11, 2021

October 12, 2021

  • 6-Week Virtual Series: Yoga for Wellbeing with Dr. Sarah Benes

    Thank you for your interest in attending our upcoming six-week yoga series. These free and virtual sessions are open to the public and will be facilitated by Dr. Sarah Benes, Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Health Sciences at Merrimack College.

    NOTE: These sessions will occur every Tuesday night from 7:00pm-8:15pm EST throughout mid-September and October on Zoom. The dates are 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26. Once you fill out the RSVP, you will receive reminder emails with a Zoom link for each of these sessions. We encourage you to come to as many sessions as you can.

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 7:00pm to 8:15pm

October 13, 2021

  • 8-Week Wednesday Night Sip and Talk Series - “Teaching in Color: Through the Lenses of Love”

    This 8-week series is sponsored by the Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support. This opportunity is free and open to the public. Participants will receive a certificate of participation (1 hour) with our Merrimack College PD provider number after each session. Please RSVP. NOTE: There is no session during the Thanksgiving break week.

    This 8-week series is hosted by Jennifer Hedrington. Jennifer is the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year 2021. She has been teaching for 16 years. While attending Law School, she found her calling to become an educator. Her teaching philosophy is teaching in color through the lenses of love, which allows her to educate the whole child while celebrating the uniqueness of each student. Jennifer understands that teachers are a powerful motivating force in the lives of students and have the ability to shape society’s next superhero or villain.

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 6:00pm to 7:00pm

October 19, 2021

  • 6-Week Virtual Series: Yoga for Wellbeing with Dr. Sarah Benes

    Thank you for your interest in attending our upcoming six-week yoga series. These free and virtual sessions are open to the public and will be facilitated by Dr. Sarah Benes, Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Health Sciences at Merrimack College.

    NOTE: These sessions will occur every Tuesday night from 7:00pm-8:15pm EST throughout mid-September and October on Zoom. The dates are 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26. Once you fill out the RSVP, you will receive reminder emails with a Zoom link for each of these sessions. We encourage you to come to as many sessions as you can.

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 7:00pm to 8:15pm

October 20, 2021

  • 8-Week Wednesday Night Sip and Talk Series - “Teaching in Color: Through the Lenses of Love”

    This 8-week series is sponsored by the Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support. This opportunity is free and open to the public. Participants will receive a certificate of participation (1 hour) with our Merrimack College PD provider number after each session. Please RSVP. NOTE: There is no session during the Thanksgiving break week.

    This 8-week series is hosted by Jennifer Hedrington. Jennifer is the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year 2021. She has been teaching for 16 years. While attending Law School, she found her calling to become an educator. Her teaching philosophy is teaching in color through the lenses of love, which allows her to educate the whole child while celebrating the uniqueness of each student. Jennifer understands that teachers are a powerful motivating force in the lives of students and have the ability to shape society’s next superhero or villain.

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 6:00pm to 7:00pm

October 23, 2021

October 26, 2021

  • 6-Week Virtual Series: Yoga for Wellbeing with Dr. Sarah Benes

    Thank you for your interest in attending our upcoming six-week yoga series. These free and virtual sessions are open to the public and will be facilitated by Dr. Sarah Benes, Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Health Sciences at Merrimack College.

    NOTE: These sessions will occur every Tuesday night from 7:00pm-8:15pm EST throughout mid-September and October on Zoom. The dates are 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26. Once you fill out the RSVP, you will receive reminder emails with a Zoom link for each of these sessions. We encourage you to come to as many sessions as you can.

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 7:00pm to 8:15pm