School of Education and Human Development



USM partners with Portland schools to help increase diversity among teachers

A new USM course for people interested in teaching — especially people of color with an interest in Portland schools — was spotlighted by the Portland Press Herald.
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Forecaster highlights USM-Portland partnership on diversity

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."
Portrait photo of USM alumna Amy Quirion

USM Education alumna awarded Fulbright to teach in Indonesia

After teaching immigrant children from Somalia, Djibouti, Angola, Congo and Kenya in Maine classrooms, USM Education alumna Amy Quirion wants to use her skills as an English teacher abroad. And she's doing it as a Fulbrighter.
President Cummings interviewing guests from the School of Education and Human Development and Portland Empowered on the set of the USM update

Replay: 'The USM Update' 4/3/2017

Get an update on USM's sustainability efforts and learn how USM students are being prepared to tackle the environmental challenges facing the planet. Also, hear how USM is preparing its educators to adapt to the changing demographics in Maine's classrooms. Plus, a discussion on the findings of the first in-depth analysis of Maine's juvenile records system.
Ellen DeGeneres with Ekhlas Ahmed

'Ellen' embraces USM student's inspiring story

When Ellen DeGeneres began a segment of her TV show by reading an audience member's letter -- describing her immigration from Sudan to Maine as a 12-year-old girl -- USM's Ekhlas Ahmed bent over and buried her face in her hands. "I was going to scream so loudly, but I couldn't," Ahmed said. Moments later, DeGeneres ushered her onto the stage, interviewed her and presented her with a check for $22,000, enough to erase her student loans.
Dorothy Moore and Ron Robert

SEHD Recognizes Two Distinguished Alumni

Two distinguished U.S.M. alumni were recognized for their achievements in their fields this past fall during the School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) annual recognition and awards ceremony.
Laura Stevens

Media highlights USM’s Laura Stevens, winner of the Presidential STEM award

USM alumna, Laura Stevens won The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is one of two Mainers to be recognized with the prestigious award.
Southworth Lab Dedication

Dedication of the Robert S. Southworth Counseling Suite

On Saturday, July 9th at 2 PM the dedication ceremony of our Robert S. Southworth '49 Lab Suite was held in 301 Bailey Hall, Gorham.

ETEP Alumna Honored with Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching

Congratulations Laura Stevens! ETEP alumna returns from White House where she was honored with Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is currently teaching EDU 643 Inquiry in Education this fall at USM.

2016 Gorham Reunion

On a brilliant summer day in Gorham nearly 80 graduates from USM's predecessor institutions, Gorham Normal School, Gorham State Teachers College and Gorham State College, gathered to reconnect and reminisce about their shared college experience and their lives since graduation. For some, it was a chance to see classmates for the first time in years and for others the annual opportunity to catch up with old friends.