Reading Matters to Maine to provide scholarships for students in reading intervention graduate course

The University of Maine is pleased to announce that Reading Matters to Maine will award five tuition scholarships to individuals enrolling in SED 545, Intervention for Reading Difficulties, in spring 2017. This scholarship fund is made possible by a grant from the Maine Community Foundation. The scholarship covers tuition for 3 graduate credits. Recipients are responsible for other university fees.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Maine resident
  • Currently a teacher, paraprofessional, or teacher in training who teaches reading or is pursuing a career in which he/she will teach reading
  • Must be a current graduate student or be eligible to enroll at UMaine as a graduate non-degree student (Information on how to register non-degree is available here)

To apply, complete the application form and submit to Dr. Janet Spector electronically at or via fax at 207.581.2423.

Applications will be accepted until all awards have been made or until January 17, 2017. If more students apply than can be awarded scholarships, priority will be given to those currently teaching reading in grades K-5 (teachers or paraprofessionals) and those who do not have access to other tuition support.

SED 545: Intervention for Reading Difficulties

This evidence-based graduate reading course explores strategies for adapting reading instruction for students with reading difficulties, approaches to reading intervention, and strategies for evaluating reading interventions. In addition to the features of explicit teaching, topics covered include RTI (Multi-Tier Systems of Support) in the classroom, early literacy foundations (phonemic awareness, print concepts, and letter identification), decoding and spelling, phonics, fluency, and comprehension Web-based/online (asynchronous) using Blackboard. Requires work with one or more K-12 students throughout the semester. Instructor: Janet Spector, Ph.D.

For more information about the course or your eligibility, contact:
Janet Spector, Ph.D.:; 207.581.2459

For information about scholarship procedures, contact:
Amy MacDougall:; 207.581.1324 or 207.581.1329