Archive for the ‘Education and Human Development’ Category

Knowles Interviewed for Education Week Article

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Paul Knowles, a lecturer in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine, was interviewed in an Education Week blog post titled “Entrepreneurial approach could help struggling schools, educator says.” Knowles said with shrinking resources and declining enrollments in Maine, educators need to learn more lessons from entrepreneurs. He calls for this entrepreneurial-style leadership in a commentary for the American Association of School Administrators titled “Superintendents who are inviting, entrepreneurial and gritty.”

Fairman Quoted in MPBN Report on Communities Voting to Leave RSUs

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Janet Fairman, an associate professor of education at the University of Maine, spoke with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network for a report titled “School consolidation: 5 Maine communities to vote on leaving RSUs.” Fairman, who has researched the initial effects of consolidation on districts across the state, said most school districts in Maine did not want to be forced to consolidate. Changing from local control to a regional perspective on the welfare of students in other communities is a difficult shift, she says.

BDN Article on RSU Withdrawal Cites UMaine Study, Professor Emeritus

Monday, November 4th, 2013

A University of Maine study on school district reorganization in Maine was cited in the Bangor Daily News article “Ellsworth, Hancock, Lamoine among communities to vote on withdrawal from regional school units.” The Maine Policy Review study by Janet Fairman and Christine Donis-Keller observed the consolidation process over the first two years in 15 regional school units across the state and found the overwhelming consensus was the forced approach for consolidation produced a negative reaction and led to efforts to repeal or revise the law. The article also quoted Gordon Donaldson, professor emeritus of education at UMaine, who said “the solution to poor achievement, particularly in poor neighborhoods, is to get parents involved” and that participation is taken away from neighborhoods when big districts are set up.

BDN Publishes Op-Ed by Donaldson

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece by Gordon Donaldson, professor emeritus of education at the University of Maine, titled “End the Ellsworth-area RSU experiment on Nov. 5.” Donaldson wrote residents in Ellsworth, Hancock and Lamoine want to withdraw from Regional School Unit 24, and a “yes” vote on the issue would allow the towns to determine their own school futures and budgets.

Fairman Quoted in MPBN Report on Public School Funding

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Janet Fairman, an associate professor of education at the University of Maine, spoke with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network for a report titled “Study: Maine should boost education funding by $260 million.” Fairman said “Maine needs to move to a funding formula that relies less on local property taxes,” which would mean raising more money for education through fees or higher state taxes. She added that formula would be difficult in the currently strong anti-tax environment and concerns over the state’s slow economic recovery.

Symposium for Educators of International Students in Maine Nov. 1

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The University of Maine College of Education and Human Development will host the third Symposium for Educators of International Students in Maine from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at the Buchanan Alumni House on the Orono campus.

The professional development conference will focus on issues related to the education of international students attending Maine high schools.

Teachers, counselors and administrators of schools with international students, as well as University of Maine faculty and students, are invited to the free event.

Aretha Marbley, visiting professor from Texas Tech University, will deliver the keynote. Breakout sessions will address topics such as dating and relationship customs, the perceived pressure for international students to attend Ivy League universities, and increasing competence as multicultural educators.

At 11:30 a.m., a panel of international students from local high schools will answer questions about their experiences coming to Maine. International UMaine students will also perform musical presentations throughout the day.

Registration is online. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Roxanne Lee at 207.581.2412 or roxanne.lee@umit.maine.edu.

AP Reports on UMaine, Department of Education Autism Research Institute

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The Associated Press reported on a partnership between the University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development and the Maine Department of Education to create a statewide system of supports for Mainers who serve children with autism and their families. The Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research (MAIER) will open Jan. 1, 2014 on the UMaine campus. News OK, Boston.com, WLBZ (Channel 2), Sun Journal, Press Herald and WABI (Channel 5) were among organizations to carry the report.

WVII Covers National History Day Teacher Institute at UMaine

Friday, October 25th, 2013

WVII (Channel 7) reported on the National History Day Teacher Institute held at the University of Maine. The free professional development program for grade 6-12 teachers provided participants with resources and information to support their students in creating entries for the National History Day (NHD) statewide contest at the University of Maine in the spring.

Free Press Reports on UMaine, Department of Education Autism Research Institute

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The Free Press reported on a partnership between the University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development and the Maine Department of Education to create a statewide system of supports for Mainers who serve children with autism and their families. The Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research (MAIER) will open Jan. 1, 2014 on the UMaine campus.

UMaine, Department of Education Launch Autism Resource, Research Institute

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

The University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development has partnered with the Maine Department of Education to create a statewide system of supports for Mainers who serve children with autism and their families. The Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research (MAIER) will open Jan. 1, 2014 on the UMaine campus. Deborah Rooks-Ellis, an assistant professor of special education at UMaine, will be the institute’s full-time director. She will oversee the institute’s efforts to increase statewide capacity to improve outcomes for children with autism. The full DOE news release on the collaboration is available online.