Research

Building a Web-based Education Resource Center

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Maine schools have a tradition of high quality education based on strong student-teacher relationships and community support. Dr. Flynn Ross, Associate Professor of Teacher Education, and Dr. Hermeet Kohli, Associate Professor of Social Work are leading an initiative to continue in that tradition by offering new tools and strategies, such as needs assessment through equity audits, to help teachers and administrators in Maine respond to changing demographics. Their work focuses on student voice, professional learning team support, culturally responsive classroom management and discipline, and intensive classroom-level interventions.  This work builds off of their years of teaching and research at USM in the areas of culturally competent practices for teachers and social workers with an emphasis on Southern Maine's growing immigrant communities.  They have conducted surveys about the cultural competence of graduates of their programs and are building a web based resource center, called Equity and Excellence, in Maine Schools.

Research Mission

To support research, scholarship and creative activity to: promote knowledge, discovery and practical application to advance Maine's economy, communities and the quality of life for Maine citizens; to strengthen classroom education and transform the lives of students through real world learning opportunities; and to support faculty and staff commitment to excellence in scholarly accomplishments regionally, nationally and internationally.