A talk at the University of Maine by Dr. Donna Beegle, a public speaker and author who uses her personal story and research to teach others how to make a difference for children living in poverty, was previewed by the Bangor Daily News in an article about her appearance at the Maine Highlands Poverty Workshop in Dover-Foxcroft. UMaine’s College of Education and Human Development is holding a public program on Friday, Oct. 18 where Beegle will speak about how educators can make a difference for those living in poverty.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the 75th anniversary of the University of Maine’s Child Study Center. The center provides pre-school education to children of employees, students and the general public and offers a developmentally based curriculum focused on art, language, agriculture and self-help. The center also serves as an official lab for the UMaine Psychology Department and other academic programs on campus.
The Maine Edge previewed two Friday, Oct. 18 events to be held at the University of Maine. The UMaine College of Education and Human Development will host author and public speaker Dr. Donna Beegle for a program focused on poverty and education while the Communication and Journalism Department will host a panel discussion on American journalism with local journalists and featured guest Brian Naylor. Naylor, a UMaine alumnus, is a Washington Desk correspondent for National Public Radio.
The Bangor Daily News editorial “Maine GOP ‘welfare reform’ is for campaign trail, not major impact” cites two studies by Philip Trostel, a University of Maine economist. A 2010 paper by Trostel found Maine’s per-inmate spending in 2007 was the second highest in the nation at $64,155. His study earlier this year on taxpayer investment in early childhood education found numerous fiscal benefits result from providing low-income children from birth to age 4 with year-round, full-time high-quality services. Because more parents could then work and pay taxes, fewer interventions would be needed in the K-12 years, thus cutting taxpayer funding by $25,700 per child.
The effects of poverty and how educators at all levels can make a difference will be the theme of a program offered by the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development on Friday, Oct. 18.
Dr. Donna Beegle, an author and public speaker who uses her personal story and research to teach others how to make a difference for children living in poverty, will deliver the keynote.
The free public program takes place from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 18 in Minsky Recital Hall, Class of 1944 Hall on the UMaine campus.
Beegle is scheduled to give her talk, “The Impact of Poverty on Education: Recommendations for Educators,” from 8:45-10 a.m.; a panel of Maine experts will then respond to her remarks during a discussion.
Panelists will include Julia Sleeper, executive director and co-founder of Tree Street Youth in Lewiston; Alan Parks, UMaine College Success Programs director; Chris Betts, assistant teaching principal of the Carleton Project Alternative Education programs at Shaw House in Bangor; Marjorie Withers, director of Community Caring Collaborative in Machias and member of Transforming Rural Experience in Education (TREE) at the Cobscook Community Learning Center; Suzen Polk-Hoffses, a kindergarten teacher at Milbridge Elementary School and a Maine Teacher of the Year 2014 finalist; and Sherri Mitchell, an attorney with the Native American Unit of Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc., and executive director of the Land Peace Foundation.
Linda Silka, director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and economics professor at UMaine, will moderate the discussion and following question-and-answer session with Beegle and the panel.
Beegle will meet over lunch with UMaine students who have lived in poverty.
The author of “See Poverty… Be the Difference!” and “An Action Approach to Educating Students Who Live in the Crisis of Poverty,” writes and speaks across the country about poverty and education. For 23 years, she has worked with educators, justice professionals, health care providers, social service agencies and other organizations who want to make a difference for those living in poverty.
Her talk at the university is one in a series of three workshops scheduled in eastern Maine by UMaine, Maine Highlands Poverty Workshop and Healthy Peninsula to raise the visibility of the problem of poverty for Maine children and families.
Beegle is scheduled to appear at the Center Theatre in Dover-Foxcroft from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 for the Maine Highlands Poverty Workshop (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2013PovertySeminar), “The Language of Poverty,” and at the Blue Hill Consolidated School in Blue Hill from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 for the 2013 Healthy Peninsula Early Childhood Conference (http://healthypeninsula.org/), “The Poverty Hurdle: In Pursuit of Goals and Dreams for Every Family, Every Child.”
She grew up in poverty and was the only member of her family to not be incarcerated. Beegle left school and married at age 15. At age 25, after continuing to live in poverty while raising two children, Beegle had no husband or job skills and little education. She went on to earn her GED, an associate degree in journalism, a bachelor’s degree with honors in communications, a master’s degree in communication with a minor (with honors) in gender studies, and a doctorate degree in educational leadership, according to her official biography.
In 1989, Beegle co-founded Communication Across Barriers with her mentor Bob Fulford and currently serves as the organization’s president. She was selected 2008 National Speaker of the Year by the New Mexico State Bar Foundation. In 2010, Portland State University’s School of Social Work dedicated the Donna M. Beegle Community Classrooms in her honor, and in 2011, she won the Oregon Ethics in Business Award.
For more information, to request a disability accommodation, or to register, contact Phyllis Thibodeau at 207.581.2433 or firstname.lastname@example.org; RSVP by Oct. 11; seating is limited.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the University of Maine College for Education and Human Development’s “Flagship Forum: Conference for Maine School Counselors and Leaders.” The professional development opportunity focused on working with students who experience bullying. This year’s forum attracted nearly 300 participants.
The Associated Press previewed the University of Maine College for Education and Human Development’s “Flagship Forum: Conference for Maine School Counselors and Leaders.” The professional development opportunity will focus on working with students who experience bullying. WGME (Channel 13), Portland Press Herald, WLBZ (Channel 2) and the San Francisco Chronicle were among news organizations to carry the report.
The Sun Journal spoke with Richard Kent, an associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine, about his new book, “Words of a Mountain.” The book is a collection of essays, poems and photographs in celebration of the small-town ski area of Black Mountain and the surrounding community in the River Valley near the Maine towns of Rumford and Mexico. Kent grew up ski racing on Black Mountain and returned in the late 1970s to ski coach and run programs at the mountain for 21 years.
Richard Kent, an associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine, has produced “Words for a Mountain,” a collection of essays, poems and photographs in celebration of the small-town ski area of Black Mountain and the surrounding community in the River Valley near the Maine towns of Rumford and Mexico. Kent grew up ski racing on Black Mountain and returned in the late 1970s to ski coach and run programs at the mountain for 21 years. Profits from the sale of the book will go to the Black Mountain ski area, which lost its funding in the spring. Since then, community members and skiers around the world have been raising funds to keep the area operational, Kent says. Award-winning author Monica Wood (“When We Were the Kennedys”) wrote the book’s foreword. “Words for a Mountain” is available on Amazon.
A new partnership between the University of Maine and the Margaret Chase Smith Library will bring the Maine National History Day competition for students in grades 6–12 to the UMaine campus starting in spring 2014.
National History Day (NHD) is an academic program that promotes critical thinking, research and presentation skills through project-based learning for students of all abilities.
Students choose historical topics related to a theme — this year it’s “Rights and Responsibilities in History” — and conduct extensive research before creating projects in the form of exhibits, documentaries, dramatic performances, papers or websites, to present at the statewide competition where the projects are evaluated by professional historians and educators.
More than half a million students, working with thousand of teachers, participate in the national contest annually.
The Maine History Day competition will take place Saturday, April 12, 2014 on the Orono campus, for the first time since the national program began in 1980. Winners from the state competitions are then able to compete in the national contest in Washington, D.C. during June 2014.
“I have had an amazing experience as a judge at the state competition the past two years,” says Liam Riordan, a UMaine Humanities Initiative Advisory Board member and associate professor of history, “and what makes it exciting for students is that they choose their own research topic and the category that most interests them. Plus, students can compete as an individual or as part of a team. It will be great to continue this vital program at UMaine for many years to come.”
Several events leading up to Maine National History Day are scheduled around the state:
4:30–6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, pizza and introductory session at the Bangor Public Library. The informal orientation and discussion for teachers, students and parents will be co-hosted by the UMaine Humanities Initiative, Bangor Museum and History Center, Maine Discovery Museum, and Bangor Public Library.
9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, National History Day Teacher Institute at UMaine. The free professional development program for grade 6–12 teachers will include a keynote lecture by the Maine Department of Education’s social studies specialist. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. To register, for more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Riordan at email@example.com or 207.581.1913.
9:35–10:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, NHD panel to speak at the Maine Council for the Social Studies annual conference at the Augusta Civic Center. Riordan; Devin Beliveau, a Thornton Academy teacher; and Christopher Ohge, digital specialist with the UMaine Humanities Initiative are expected to take part.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, NHD teacher workshop at the Maine Historical Society in Portland in partnership with the Maine Humanities Council. For more information, email Larissa Vigue Picard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for schools and/or students to register to compete at Maine National History Day is March 28, 2014.
“National History Day is thrilled about this new partnership among Maine’s most prominent historical and cultural institutions to bring Maine History Day to more teachers and students,” says Kim Fortney, deputy director of NHD in Washington, D.C.
The co-organizers for this new partnership, UMaine and the Margaret Chase Smith Library, are joined by the College of Education and Human Development, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UMaine Humanities Initiative, Maine Humanities Council, UMaine History Department, Maine Historical Society and many local historical and cultural organizations.
For more information or to request disability accommodations, contact the NHD state coordinator, John Taylor with the Margaret Chase Smith Library, at 207.474.7132 or email@example.com, or visit the Maine NHD Web page.
Contact: Elyse Kahl, 207.581.3747