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Forecaster highlights USM-Portland partnership on diversity

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A new USM-Portland partnership that aims to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to enter teaching was highlighted May 23rd in The Forecaster newspaper.

The story by reporter Kate Irish Collins was titled "Portland schools launch initiative to increase staff diversity."

The program being designed with USM would target high school and college students and include a focus on new Mainers, Collins wrote.
Under the initiative, participants would have a chance to explore the teaching profession through a college course and hands-on experience in the classroom, which would include some paid work as well as internships.

Collins interviewed Professor Catherine Fallona, the director of USM's Center of Education Policy, Applied Research and Evaluation.

"Hopefully, prospective teachers of color view this as an opportunity to become a member of one of the most important professions in our society," Fallona said. "As teachers, they can make a positive difference in people's lives, and through their work, make our communities better."

Read the full story here.