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Opportunity for English Second Language Trainer in Abington MA

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Opportunity to earn quick money over a 6 to 8 week period starting in May/June 2014 for about 2 to 2.5 hours a day 4 times a week. Training will likely be in the later afternoons but the schedule is still open for discussion.

We are looking for an individual who is experienced in teaching English to English Second Language speakers and has course content available to use. This is an opportunity for someone who is able to teach English as a second language in a class setting. We have a number of customers who want this type of training and are ideally looking to bring someone on board to do this on a contract basis as these class needs arise. It would also be okay if this is a once-off training project for the trainer. This is a good opportunity for an experienced English second language teacher who wants to earn extra money when the opportunity arises. Training will be on-site at our clients’ locations and the initial customer is in Abington. The person does need to be able to arrange their own transportation. The training will be for blue collar workers. The ability to speak Portuguese would be advantageous for the current opportunity. Please send your application to Please include as part of the body of the email – not as an attachment: a) your experience and b) a brief outline the type of curriculum you have/would use. For addition information please contact: Fayona Brenda at

Americorps position at Lewiston Housing Authority’s Hillview Resource Center

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Americorps position at Lewiston Housing Authority’s Hillview Resource Center for years 2014-to 2015.

To learn more about current opportunities with the Multilingual Leadership Corps please contact Jen Craven at or 207-370-3911.

HOLD THE DATE – June 24-26, 2014 for Maine’s ESL Summer Academy

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

HOLD THE DATE – June 24-26, 2014 for Maine’s ESL Summer Academy
A three-day residential training held at the University of Maine, Orono
Registration Details Forthcoming

“Focus on Classrooms:  English language development (ELD) standards in Action-
Lesson planning and analyzing data for classroom decision-making.”

This three-day interactive and differentiated academy provides an in-depth opportunity to apply the ELD Standards to classroom instruction. Participants will explore the purpose and process of transforming the model performance indicators (MPIs) and apply these ideas to their specific educational settings.

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of lesson planning for content and language development
  • Create effective student profiles for language instruction
  • Transform MPIs to reflect specific instructional settings
  • Identify language goals for instruction and assessment

In addition, participants will be introduced to a data analysis process to apply to their own classroom data in order to gain more experience analyzing data for classroom decision-making from a language lens.

Presenter: Amy King, WIDA Professional Development Outreach Specialist
Amy Suzanne King, first discovered her passion for working with English learners as a volunteer literacy tutor in Washington, DC. As a result of this experience, her plan to travel the world as a foreign correspondent was altered forever. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of English teaching and adult learning in this country and abroad. Read more

More information available at

EDG 425 Fall 2014

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

This Fall, on Mondays, John Maddaus is offering an elective field experience course in Urban and Rural Education: EDG 425. (See flier)

The course features field trips to a variety of schools with diverse student populations: English Language Learners, including both immigrants and international students; students of different racial, ethnic and nationality backgrounds; students from low-income families; and of course, students in urban and rural schools. The goals of the field experience are: (1) to explore ways in which students’ social and cultural backgrounds and community contexts affect teaching and learning, and (2) to consider how to be an effective teacher with students of different backgrounds and in a variety of types of communities.

Most of the field trips are to schools within an hour’s drive of campus. In the past, the course visited John Bapst High School and Penobscot Job Corps in Bangor, Viola Rand School in Bradley, Indian Island School of the Penobscot Indian Nation, Penobscot Valley High School and Hichborn Middle School in Howland, and Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft. John anticipates visiting most of these schools this Fall – leaving campus at 8am, and returning by 12noon. Transportation is provided for those who prefer to travel in university vehicles.

In addition, there are two longer trips offered, and students can participate in either the urban trip and/or the rural trip. In the past, the urban trip was the Park Avenue Elementary School in Auburn, followed by a visit to the Tree Street Youth after-school program in Lewiston. The rural trip is going to be new possibly to Calais High School and Middle School, or Cobscook Community Learning Center (alternative schools program), both in Washington County in easternmost Maine. When on a longer trip, lunch and dinner are included – leaving at 7am and returning by 8pm. For students with Monday afternoon classes, John contacts the course instructors of the afternoon classes and arrange for the students to be excused from class for that day.

In addition to these field trips, they will be some guest speakers for classes here on campus. These classes will be 9am-12noon. The speakers will include someone from Project Reach on teaching ESL, one on an urban-rural exchange program called Operation Breaking Stereotypes, and one on rural education.

“Getting Your Multicultural Research Published!”

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Dr. Aretha Marbley, UMaine College of Education and Human Development Libra Visiting Professor will be speaking at the Diversity Dialog.

“Getting Your Multicultural Research Published!”
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 2:00-3:30pm
201 Shibles Hall, University of Maine

* All are welcome *

LVB’s annual conference: Toolkit for Tutors

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Literacy Volunteers of Bangor‘s annual conference, Toolkit for Tutors, will be Saturday, April 5 at John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. Join them for a stimulating day filled with information, teaching tools, and a keynote address entitled “With Literacy & Justice for All: Promoting a Basic Human Right” by Dr. Susan Bennett-Armistead. For more information visit:

Language, Culture and Identity Conference

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Language, Culture and Identity Conference on Thursday, April 17
Abromson Community Education Center
University of Southern Maine, Portland
Register Now!

A regional conference for educators, administrators, service providers and other personnel interested in language acquisition, academic achievement and social-emotional well-being of New Americans. Click here for more information.

Okhee Lee

Okhee Lee is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Her research areas include science education, language and culture, and teacher education. Her current research involves the scale-up of a model of a curricular and teacher professional development intervention to promote science learning and language development of English language learners. She served as the leader for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Diversity and Equity Team through Achieve Inc. and the Steering Committee for the Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University.


VOLUNTEER as a Conversation Partner with an International Student @ UMaine

Monday, January 13th, 2014

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What is National History Day?

Monday, September 30th, 2013

National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for middle and high school students. Each year more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers, participate in the contest. This year students will choose a research topic related to the theme of “Rights and Responsibilities in History,” and the statewide contest will be at UMaine, Orono, on April 12, 2014. Individual students, or teams of 2-5 students, can choose to enter the competition in one of five categories (documentary video, performance, website, exhibit, or paper – individual only) and are judged in Junior (grade 6-8) and Senior (grade 9-12) divisions.

To learn more contact State Coordinator John Taylor (Margaret Chase Smith Library) at or 207-474-7133, or visit the

Maine NHD website  is
Click here for more information about NHD 2013-2014 

The Unite for Literacy Digital Library is now Live

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

For Everyone, For Free, Forever.

Unite for Literacy has just launched its digital library of picture books at

Our goal is to leverage fast growing mobile networks to provide “book abundance” for families everywhere who wish to promote literacy in their homes and schools. The books may be enjoyed on computers, tablets and most smartphones.  There is nothing to buy. Thanks to sponsors, this is a free service for anyone, worldwide that has Internet access.

Our books were created for home use by parents (and teachers) of preschool and primary children and by ELL teachers and their students and ELL families with preschool children. Second language students will also enjoy them of course. Our first books are 100 simple picture books for read-alouds and for the youngest / newest readers. Written in English and narrated (on demand) in English and in 15 other world and indigenous languages, we are reaching out to nearly 3 billion potential readers and their families.

In collaboration with cultural institutions in the US we are adding new books with rich content and new languages every month. Eventually our books will be written in many languages as well.

You are invited to visit and enjoy the library and of course to share it with your children, friends, colleagues and students. Feedback from LRA colleagues will be deeply appreciated. We’re new, so your generous assistance in finding and fixing any glitches will be essential for creating a robust library for children around the globe.

Mark C.