School of Education and Human Development


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USM launches fully online Master's in Literacy Education degree program

The M.S.Ed. in Literacy Education will start by offering two online courses in fall 2021 and two in spring of 2022. All will be seven-week courses and asynchronous, which means students don’t have to attend class at a set time.

Bernacchio, co-authors examine telehealth for international audience

One of Bernacchio’s co-authors, Anupama Ginige, a Bio-Informatics researcher at Western Sydney University, Australia, managed to complete his work despite the destructive fires that scorched so much of his country. And all three — Bernacchio, Josephine F. Wilson of Wright State University, and Ginige — managed to work together without meeting in person.
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SMWP 2021 Invitational Institutes

If you are eager to write, learn more about teaching writing, and develop your leadership skills, apply to become a Fellow in the SMWP 2021 Invitational Summer and Fall Institute through USM. This 6-credit graduate institute is divided into two 3-credit courses taken in sequence, one in the summer, one in the fall.

Assistant Professor Malone Awarded Anti-Racist Grant

Larissa Malone, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation under their Rapid Response Fund: Educators for Black Lives Grant to continue her work promoting anti-racism in education through the support and encouragement of the educators themselves.
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USM graduate Dolloff named 2021 Maine Superintendent of the Year

In addition to receiving the state’s top principal and superintendent honors, Andrew Dolloff received Maine’s School Superintendents Association Outstanding Leadership Award in 2017 and the New England League of Middle Schools Outstanding Superintendent Award in 2020.
Kacey Foerster

Foerster ’22 researches the positive effects of reading to people with Alzheimer’s disease

For Kacey Foerster '22, what started as a way to bring moments of connection and joy to her grandfather has become the focus of a study funded through USM's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.
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Student Scholarship Recognition 2020-2021

We are pleased to recognize the 2020-21 student scholarship recipients through the School of Education and Human Development scholarship programs!

Covid Learning Slide

Rachel Brown, assistant professor and chair of USM’s special education department, helped co-author, COVID Slide: Research on Learning Loss & Recommendations to Close the Gap, which analyzes the effect of COVID using data from over 500,000 students, grades kindergarten through 5th grade, in reading and math.
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USM Voices: Student Helps Seniors with Alzheimer’s

Kacey Foerster ‘21 is taking time to help some special seniors in her community.

Learning Pods Lessen Stress During Pandemic

The University’s Andrea Stairs-Davenport, associate dean of the School of Education and Human Development and Professor of Literacy Education, and Flynn Ross, associate professor and chair of the Teacher Education Department, both contributed to the Portland Press Herald’s article about families hiring tutors to lessen stress during the pandemic.