Portland Campus - Bedford Street construction notice
Due to City of Portland construction, please note that all summer, Bedford Street on the Portland Campus will be restricted to one lane, one-way traffic going from Brighton Avenue down to Forest Avenue. Parking lots/garage will still be accessible. Read more details here.
Faculty and School Partners Publish in National Journal
A high-poverty, previously low-performing elementary school in Maine shifted its from looking mainly at achievement and test scores to focusing on ways to create motivated, confident, engaged students. They created Rise and Shine, through which all 3rd–5th graders start each day with a fun, challenging activity chosen from a big menu—from kickball to poetry to maker spaces.
The demographics in Maine’s classrooms are changing. So how are educators being prepared to teach some of Maine’s newest residents? Guests from the School of Education and Human Development and Portland Empowered, housed in the Muskie School for Public Service, will explain.
When Ellen DeGeneres began a segment of her TV show by reading an audience member's letter -- describing her immigration from Sudan to Maine as a 12-year-old girl -- USM's Ekhlas Ahmed bent over and buried her face in her hands. "I was going to scream so loudly, but I couldn't," Ahmed said. Moments later, DeGeneres ushered her onto the stage, interviewed her and presented her with a check for $22,000, enough to erase her student loans.
Laura Stevens '05 won The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Stevens earned her master's degree in literacy education from the University of Southern Maine and teaches at Kaler Elementary School in Portland.
Seven University of Southern Maine School of Education Alumni and Students Awarded Maine Teacher of the Year Honors
Six graduates and one current student from the University of Southern Maine (USM) School of Education and Human Development were recently recognized for their selection as Maine's 2014 Teachers of the Year at the USM Alumni Educators’ Reunion Luncheon.