Professional Development Center

EPC 562 Critical Issues in Literacy and Language

Course Number: EPC 562
Course Title:  Critical Issues in Literacy and Language
Class #: 62381
Dates: July 30, 31; August 1, 4, 5, 2014
Times: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Location: USM Gorham Campus, 301C Bailey Hall
Faculty: Paula Boyce
Credit: Three (3) Inservice Graduate Credits
Tuition/Fees: $1,319.00 (Maine Resident)
Registration Form: Click Here (pdf) or call 780-5055 
Note: Scholarships are available (see below) 

The Amoroso Institute will offer you the opportunity to explore text and dialog with others who face the same pressures and challenges you do as you strive to make a difference in the life of each child you teach.

One of the greatest concerns in American education is inequality, yet with the current emphasis on standardized testing and reading achievement, literacy learning is losing its transformative potential. Inspired by the pedagogy and philosophy of USM Literacy Professor Emeritus Dr. Henry C. Amoroso, Jr., this course begins by having students reflect upon their own experiences and values, and then, through critical analysis, acquire a deeper conceptual understanding of the most difficult and challenging issues facing schools today. Moreover, students will explore literacy practices that can create more just and equitable schooling for all. 

Educators will have the opportunity to: 
•Learn to promote and advocate equity for all learners.
•Become a knowledgeable and articulate literacy educator. 
•Create a plan of action that can be implemented in the upcoming school year.
•Explore course objectives through collaboration with other experienced educators.

Scholarship Opportunities

There is a scholarship opportunity to a student enrolled in this institute, EPC 562. 

  • Henry C. Amoroso, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility requirements include: 1.You are currently not receiving tuition payment or reimbursement through your school or other organization; 2.Priority is given to those who teach literacy. Teachers in other areas will be considered after priority. 

Please e-mail Kimberly Warren at kwarren@usm.maine.edu to express your intent on why you are enrolled in this class and your eligibility for this scholarship (no more than a paragraph is necessary). Awards will be made first come first served. No applications will be accepted after July 15.