Literacy Education


Portland Museum of Art Director of Learning & Interpretation Phillippa Pitts presents on Visual Literacy, Visual Thinking, and Visual Questioning at the  fourth-annual Assessment Literacy Conference

Annual Assessment Literacy Conference draws hundreds of Maine teachers

More than 330 educators from across Maine convened at the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine (USM) Monday and Tuesday, May 7-8, for the fourth-annual Assessment Literacy Conference.

Southern Maine Writing Project Will Not Run Summer/Fall Writing Institute

The Southern Maine Writing Project will not run the 2018 Invitational Summer/Fall Writing Institute.

Gigi McAllister, CAS in Literacy Student and Part-time Faculty, Earns National Board Certification

Gigi McAllister, who is currently in our Certificate of Advanced Studies in Literacy program and is also a part-time faculty member, has just earned National Board Certification!
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Media highlights USM’s Laura Stevens, winner of the Presidential STEM award

USM alumna, Laura Stevens won The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is one of two Mainers to be recognized with the prestigious award.

Professor Andrea Stairs-Davenport completed the Read to Me Challenge!

Dr. Stairs-Davenport challenges students in the Literacy, Language, and Culture Program at USM to read to a child for 15 minutes and post a photo to social media. Dr. Stairs-Davenport and her niece Lily read Amazing Animals. Join them at #ReadtoME. More information about the challenge and resources for supporting daily read alouds may be found at the Maine DOE website:
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USM Faculty, Current Students & Recent Graduates Present at 2015 Northern New England TESOL Conference

Two current students and five recent graduates from the University of Southern Maine have been invited to share their work at the Northern New England Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NNE TESOL) Annual Fall Conference, along with faculty member Dr. Andrea Stairs-Davenport, of the Literacy, Language and Culture Program.

Andrew Rowe Receives Grant Award for Middle School Classroom

The Marshwood Education Foundation Prize Patrol surprised its first Spring Grant recipient, Marshwood Middle School 7th Grade History teacher Andrew Rowe, on Friday May 15th. Mr. Rowe is currently pursuing an MSEd in Literacy at the University of Southern Maine and previously completed the Extended Teacher Education Program.

Literacy Education graduate Lavallee awarded National Board certification

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has awarded Sherri-Ann Lavallee certification, making her a National Board Certified Teacher. Lavallee prepared for National Board Certification during her Certificate of Advanced Studies program in Literacy Education at University of Southern Maine.