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Education Expert and Author Beatrice McGarvey to Speak at USM

PORTLAND –This fall, nationally recognized education expert and author Beatrice McGarvey will provide the keynote for Customized Learning: Partnering with Technology, an event that will focus on the concept, benefits, critique, and application of customized learning from multiple perspectives. The event, hosted by the University of Southern Maine School of Education and Human Development Advisory Council, will be held on Monday, October 22, at 4 p.m, in the Abromson Center on the USM Portland campus.

A Maine native and alumna of the USM Master of Education program, McGarvey dedicated a 30-year career to Maine schools as both an educator and administrator. She has served in the past decade as a distinguished education consultant for more than 100 schools and districts, as well as state and federal education agencies throughout the nation, specifically in the areas of teaching and learning, leadership, and organizational development.  Currently, she is a partner in Total Leaders Associates and a senior associate at Marzano Research Lab, which engages in research that supports the enhancement of student achievement.

McGarvey is co-author of the recently published “Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning: Learning in the Age of Empowerment,” as well as “The Future is Now: Shifts and Trends that are Redefining Organizations, Careers, and Life” and “Total Leaders: A Leadership Curriculum,” which has been adopted by the Pennsylvania Leadership Development Consortium. Additionally, she has served as executive director of education for Portland Public Schools and as president of the Maine ASCD, formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

“We’re excited to bring Bea McGarvey and area educators together this fall to discuss technology and its role in customized learning. Conversations like this are as important as ever,” said Jeanne Whynot-Vickers, chair of the School of Education and Human Development Advisory Council.

McGarvey’s presentation will be followed by virtual tours from East End School in Portland and Yarmouth High School. The tour will highlight how technology becomes a learning tool to assist students in becoming critical thinkers, while gaining a deeper understanding of content.

The evening will also include a Q-and-A session on mass customization and the use of technology in the classroom. McGarvey will be present following the program for a book signing.

A contact hours certificate will be issued to all attendees.

Registration cost for the event is $20. Net proceeds will benefit the endowed USM School of Education and Human Development Community Scholarship fund for student scholarships.

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