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.
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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.
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.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on a poverty conference hosted by the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development. The forum focused on improving education for those living in poverty. Dr. Donna Beegle, a public speaker and author, was the guest speaker. Erin Rhoda, Bangor Daily News editorial page editor, also wrote a column about Beegle and her experience escaping poverty.
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 email@example.com; 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.