Professional Development Center

Summer 2018 Courses

The Professional Development Center (PDC) is the inservice agent of the School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) of the University of Southern Maine. Its mission is to provide sustained, high-quality professional development that enables K-12 educators and human resource professionals to continue learning throughout their careers.

USM June 2011

Many of the courses below are offered as part of our cohort plans (although open to any interested students as space allows). Contact us today to design a cohort for your district and:

  • work alongside your district / school colleagues toward a certificate or higher degree 
  • take courses by USM instructors at your own school sites 
  • tailor your USM experience to what the students in YOUR district need

EPC 580 Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction & Social Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom - Registration form

Students will develop Mindfulness skills to integrate into the school setting for themselves and for their students. The emphasis is on integrating Mindfulness into the classroom through modeling to help develop emotional and social skills.

June 25-29, 8:00-4:00; Nancy Hathaway, instructor

*EPC 586 Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age - Registration form

Teachers will explore the use of online tools that support student learning, collaboration, and communication that extends beyond classroom walls. They will also learn about curricular best practices and skills as they fit into the K-12 classroom.

June 25-29, 8:00-4:00; Alice Barr, instructor

*This course is offered as a 3-credit graduate course, but it is also available in a modified format for CEUs. This is a more cost-effective option for tight budgets - $600 for 3.75 CEUs. Register at this link or contact the PDC.

SED 667 Social/Emotional Needs of the Gifted (with video-conferencing option) - Registration form

Topics for examination include: factors affecting social and emotional development, achievement and underachievement; curriculum and the affective domain; and resources/strategies for responding to the needs of G/T students.

July 9-13, 8:00-4:00; Patti Drapeau, instructor

EPA 549 Critical & Creative Thinking (with video-conferencing option) - Registration form

This course is designed for individuals who are concerned with providing critical and creative thinking lessons for all ability learners in the classroom. We will look at ways to adapt instruction to create flexible, interactive, and authentic, higher level activities.

July 16-20, 8:15-3:45; Patti Drapeau, instructor

EPC 588 Executive Skills: Practical Strategies for Assessment - Registration form

This course will provide an introduction to executive skills, beginning with what they are, how they develop across childhood, and how they impact school performance in profound ways. From there, the discussion will move to meaningful assessments and strategies educators can use to promote executive skill development in struggling learners.

August 2-3, August 6-8, 8:00-4:00; Peg Dawson, instructor

PDS 514 Integrating Mindfulness-based Compassionate Communication into Education - Registration form

Having a foundation in mindfulness knowledge, study, practice, and skills, the student will have the essential beginnings to study and practice this language which has as its core empathy for oneself and others and one's experience rather than from evaluation, blame, advice, judgments. This language is conducive to use in all aspects of education as it gives language to respect, non-judgment, compassion for self and others whether students, colleagues, school staff, and parents.

August 13-17, 8:30-4:30; Nancy Hathaway, instructor

Prerequisites: Previous 3 credit or week long Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction course (UMA/USM/UM) or Instructor permission. 

Cohort Courses

Contact the PDC if you would like to register for any of these courses. Non-cohort students are registered as space allows.

EDU 512 Teaching Literature in Grades K-12

In this course, educators will examine the role of literature in literacy learning. Emphasis will be on the promotion of wide reading in a variety of genres and attending to the appropriate selection of literature to meet reading interests, needs, and abilities of students K-12. In addition to examining criteria for evaluating and selecting materials, participants will consider curriculum implications and learn creative strategies for teaching children's and adolescent literature and enhancing reading for all students. Participants will have the opportunity to develop projects and investigate areas of interest to fulfill their professional needs.

Class notes: Class is meeting in Oxford Hills. Email the PDC for permission to register.

EDU 558 ESL Content-Based Curriculum for English Language Learners

This course focuses on the factors necessary for the development and implementation of relevant content learning for second language students of all age and proficiency levels in the public school setting. The course explores the theoretical background and models of strategies for insuring competent delivery of appropriate language and content in a multilingual context. A co-construction approach incorporating the backgrounds and experiences of course participants is the principal methodological approach. The framework of the course is a pedagogical focus that incorporates scaffolding, differentiated instruction, independent learning strategies, critical thinking, and assessment.

Class notes: This is a cohort class with extra spots for non-cohort students. Email PDC for registration information.

EDU 562 Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom

This course examines the nature of language and cultural differences among learners of various ethnic and racial backgrounds. The exploration of diversity provides opportunities for participants to develop a personal awareness of the role of cultural conditioning in classroom encounters; to reflect on and to confront personal biases as they relate to teaching; to acquire the skills and resources for an ethno-relative approach to delivering instruction; and to make language- and topic-related choices compatible with learner differences.

EPC 585 Proficiency-Based Planning and Assessment, part 2

Proficiency-Based Planning and Assessment is set up as a two-semester course, designed for the practicing teacher.  It begins with an exploration of current research-based, proficiency-driven practices in the field as a means for enrolled teachers to examine their own classroom practices.  Participants will consider the defining features of proficiency including, but not limited to, the distinction between habits of work and academic achievement, using backwards design to develop curriculum and assessment tools rooted in district standards, and developing daily practices that intentionally encourage students to take responsibility for their learning.

Class notes: Class is meeting at Gorham Middle School. Email the PDC for permission to register.

SED 693 Transitions Among Agencies, School and Community

This course introduces participants to the concepts of transition in four phases of special education services: (a) birth to five child development services to school programs, (b) special purpose schools and related services to school programs, (c) between schools in a school district, and (d) from school programs to post-secondary education and community life. Students develop knowledge of services and resources provided by agencies and special purpose schools birth to adult and skills in multi-disciplinary team planning.

Class notes: Class is meeting at the Margaret Murphy Center. Email the PDC for permission to register.


Courses offered through the Online Masters in Instructional Technology Program

A collaboration between UMaine, UMF, and USM

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There are still seats available in some EdTech courses for Summer 2018 - see below. These courses are appropriate for a wide range of teachers and edtech backgrounds/skills.


EDT 580 Summer Technology Institute

Instructor: Dr. Johanna Prince from University of Maine at Farmington
CRN: 4091
Course Dates: Online 7/23-8/17 , Face-to-face 8:30-4:00 8/6-8/9 at UMF
Online and Mandatory Face-to-face Meetings 8/6-8/9 at UMF
This course is for educators seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills with using educational technology to support teaching and learning. Students will engage in online study, and complete an in-person residence.  Course will include strands to allow for focused study of literature, research, and practices with regards to educational technology. Students will participate in both individual and collaborative projects.  The focus will be pedagogically driven practices for technology in virtual, blended, and in-person environments. The course is designed for a wide variety of educators and educational technology skill levels.
Prerequisite: None
Also note - there is a Professional Development Version open as well, FMI

EDT 598 Creative and Connected Learning Environments  

Instructor: Mia Morrison Adjunct from University of Maine
CRN: 4093
Dates: 6/25/2018 - 07/27/2018
100% Online with potential for some synchronous meetings
This course is designed for K-12 educators who are ready to move from learner engagement to learner empowerment.  Participants will understand the vital role that creativity plays in problem solving, collaboration, and learning.  The course will provide foundational knowledge on strategies to teach and assess creativity across content areas.  Participants will work in depth with the ISTE Standards for Students and plan new learning experiences that focus on benefits of creativity and using digital tools to connect beyond the traditional boundaries of classroom walls.
Prerequisite: None

EDT 537 Flipped, Blended, and Online Learning

Instructor: Jessica Ludders Adjunct from University of Maine
Class Number:  4155
Dates 6/25/2018 - 8/03/2018
100% Online with some synchronous meetings
Advancements in technology have led to exponential growth in opportunities for innovative education for all learners.   Participants will explore what it means to create a flipped, blended, or online learning environment.  These philosophies and strategies can be applied in K-12 classrooms, higher education contexts, and workplace settings.  Participants will consider how format, technologies, and modalities may impact the learner and learning community.  Participants will explore historical context of adopting technologies to enhance and expand learning opportunities, and how best practices are determined.  Participants will conduct research on various aspects of flipped, blended, and online learning and be actively engaged in the application of effective methods for designing and delivering learning experiences online.
Prerequisite: None

Courses with Pre-Req/Permission

EDT 545 Legal, Ethical and Security Issues in Educational Technology

Instructor: Andrew Wallace Adjunct from University of Maine
Class Number:  4109
Dates: 6/25/2018 - 07/27/2018
100% Online with potential for some synchronous meetings
This course is designed to give educators, and emerging technology leaders a foundation with the following domains of digital citizenship: law, risks and responsibilities, and security.  Students will engage in readings on existing frameworks, conduct analysis of policies, review case studies to learn more about the importance of legal, social and ethical concerns of standards and policy development in the classrooms of today and tomorrow.  In addition, students will plan for collaboration with stakeholders in their organization to work towards legal, secure, safe, and ethical implementation of educational technology.
Prerequisite: EDT 520 or Permission of Instructor