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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.
Faculty congratulating student scholarship recipient

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.
photo of Kacey Foerster with her grandfather

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.
Two yellow, deciduous trees in autumn grow next to a road.

Inequity in Homeschooling

Andrea Stairs-Davenport, associate dean of The University’s School of Education and Human Development and professor of Literacy Education, and Flynn Ross, associate professor and chair of The University’s Teacher Education Department, both contributed to the Portland Press Herald’s article about the inequity of families choosing to homeschool their children during the pandemic.
A campus walkway with brightly colored autumn trees and a banner that reads Welcome Huskies.

Maine's Public Schools for the Common Good

The University’s Flynn Ross, associate professor and chair of the Teacher Education department, contributed an opinion piece to the Bangor Daily News with her views on the importance of Maine’s public schools for the common good.
Robert Sanford co-editor of River Voices

USM storytellers collaborate for new book about the Presumpscot River

USM Professor of Environmental Science and Policy Robert Sanford co-edited the recently published book “River Voices: Perspectives on the Presumpscot” — and he had a raft of USM faculty and staff collaborators on board for the project.

Alumna is Honored for Her Work with the Visually Impaired

Alumna Taya Tarr, a vocational rehabilitation counselor, has been recognized by the Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) in Vermont with the Commissioner’s Award for her exceptional work.
2021 Maine Teacher of the Year Cindy Soule

USM grad Cindy Soule named 2021 Maine Teacher of the Year

For the second consecutive year, Maine’s Teacher of the Year is a University of Southern Maine graduate.

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