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Perspectives On Malaga Island: From Scorn To Shame To Sympathy, Darcie Drew Apr 2019

Perspectives On Malaga Island: From Scorn To Shame To Sympathy, Darcie Drew

Thinking Matters Symposium

Malaga Island off the Maine coast was a home to a small interracial fishing community from 1860 to 1912, at which point the State of Maine evicted the residents. Several islanders were subsequently at Pineland School; the rest were left to rebuild their lives elsewhere. Local and national perspectives of the state’s action and those of the islanders themselves have changed substantially from the time of settlement to today. I researched these perspectives in order to create a week-long unit for a 7th grade Social Studies class here in Portland. My investigation included various primary sources: photographs of the ...


Maine's Superintendents' Perceptions Of Proficiency-Based Education And Proficiency-Based Diploma Systems, Amy F. Johnson Phd Jan 2019

Maine's Superintendents' Perceptions Of Proficiency-Based Education And Proficiency-Based Diploma Systems, Amy F. Johnson Phd

State of Education

Maine superintendents were invited to participate in an online survey to provide their perceptions about various policies and practices related to Maine’s proficiency-based diploma legislation.


Lorraine Grace Libby Bowdoin Interview, Susie R. Bock Jun 2018

Lorraine Grace Libby Bowdoin Interview, Susie R. Bock

Lorraine Grace Libby Bowdoin Papers

Lorraine Grace Libby Bowdoin, Gorham State Teacher's College '59. A Portland native, she attended King Middle School and Portland High School. Mrs. Bowdoin taught for several school districts during her long teaching career and advocated tirelessly for mental health and elder issues.

Lorraine Grace Libby Bowdoin's physical papers are expansive and cover her entire life and career, including items from her attendance at Camp Laughing Loon as a child and young teen, her school assignments from elementary through graduate school, photos of her family and friends, items from her run as a Maine house representative, and several meticulously ...


Teaching Place-Based Science In Kindergarten, Lucy Atkins May 2018

Teaching Place-Based Science In Kindergarten, Lucy Atkins

Capstone Research Projects

This action research explores how kindergarten students learn about forces and motion through inquiry-based, place-based methods. The learning took place as part of an existing day spent learning outdoors, known as Forest Monday, that includes extended time for free play. The three sub-questions addressed 1) science content learning, 2) science practice application, and 3) the incorporation of science content and practices into free play time outdoors. It was a mixed-methods study, with science assessment data supporting observations and interviews. The participants were 12 kindergarten students in a rural elementary school. All students were assessed and interviewed but observations were focused ...


2018 Research & Scholarship Schedule, University Of Southern Maine Mar 2018

2018 Research & Scholarship Schedule, University Of Southern Maine

1st Annual USM Research & Scholarship Symposium

Symposium schedule and workshop descriptions.


The Impacts Of Explicit Systematic Phonics Instruction On The Areas Of Decoding And Fluency For Students With A Specific Learning Disability In Reading, Marina Hingston Dec 2017

The Impacts Of Explicit Systematic Phonics Instruction On The Areas Of Decoding And Fluency For Students With A Specific Learning Disability In Reading, Marina Hingston

Capstone Research Projects

The purpose of this embedded, mixed methods action research study was to examine the impacts of explicit, systematic phonics instruction on students with a specific learning disability in reading. A phonics intervention program, S.P.I.R.E., was implemented over the course of four weeks. The participants were two 4th graders and one 6th grader, all who had an identified specific learning disability in the area of reading. Data was collected on decoding accuracy pre and post intervention, as well as on reading fluency using timed one minute fluency drills. In addition, student perceptions of the S.P.I ...


Using Extremophile Bacteriophage Discovery In A Stem Education Professional Development Partnership To Explore Model Classroom Research Experiences Integrating The Three Dimentions Of The Next Generation Science Standards, Carrie L. Boudreau Jan 2017

Using Extremophile Bacteriophage Discovery In A Stem Education Professional Development Partnership To Explore Model Classroom Research Experiences Integrating The Three Dimentions Of The Next Generation Science Standards, Carrie L. Boudreau

All Theses & Dissertations

The National Research Council’s (NRC) A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas describes a vision of what it means to be proficient in science. The project discussed in this thesis was developed with a NIH SEPA Grant 8R25OD010937 to the Virology and Electron Microscopy Laboratory at the University of Southern Maine (USM) under the direction of Dr. S. Monroe Duboise. The goal of the project was to explore using discovery of extreme environment bacteria and their bacteriophages as a model for using the three dimensions of learning to teach Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS ...


Providing Adolescents With Outdoor Experiences To Deepen Nature Connection And Enhance Writing In Science, Amanda Ripa Oct 2016

Providing Adolescents With Outdoor Experiences To Deepen Nature Connection And Enhance Writing In Science, Amanda Ripa

Capstone Research Projects

This action research study investigates the use of the nature journal with middle school students for three purposes: strengthen descriptive writing, engage observation and thinking, and bridge nature journaling and student’s connection to the natural world. This study describes an interdisciplinary unit in science and language arts focused on the study of seasons, climate, and weather. Nature journals were used as a scientific tool by students to collect data and make observations of nature related to course content. Action research data was collected from a subset of students using the student's nature journals, direct observations, pre and post ...


An Examination Of Teacher Understandings Of Technology Integration At The Classroom Level, Shawn M. Carlson May 2016

An Examination Of Teacher Understandings Of Technology Integration At The Classroom Level, Shawn M. Carlson

All Theses & Dissertations

The purpose of this dissertation is to describe and understand how teachers describe the changes in their practices as a result of ten years participation in a one-to-one environment. This research study focuses on one successful middle school’s adoption of laptops to support teaching and learning. A qualitative study using interviews of key participants was undertaken with teachers and administrators. The Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework was used in conjunction with Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovation framework to understand from the participants’ perspective changes to their practice. The results indicate teachers underwent changes in their use of technology ...


Field Ecology Curriculum On White Tail Deer Population In Maine, Shellbe Flynn Jan 2016

Field Ecology Curriculum On White Tail Deer Population In Maine, Shellbe Flynn

Grades 9-12

Essential question:

How do scientists use ecological data to make decisions about populations and ecosystems?

Guiding questions:

How do matter and energy flow through biological and physical systems?

How are species interdependent and interrelated?

How do populations respond to positive and negative inputs?

How do ecosystems respond to positive and negative inputs?


A Simulation To Improve The Clinical Nursing Instructor’S Teaching Of Ethics To Students In The Clinical Setting, Cynthia S. Randall Dec 2015

A Simulation To Improve The Clinical Nursing Instructor’S Teaching Of Ethics To Students In The Clinical Setting, Cynthia S. Randall

All Theses & Dissertations

Ethical knowledge and skill is crucial to the discipline of nursing and is considered foundational knowledge for nursing practice (American Nurses Association [ANA], 2008). Nurses who assume roles in clinical teaching may be clinically competent but may have limited nursing education experience or knowledge in clinical instruction. The purpose of this project was to improve the educational experience of clinical instructors in the teaching of ethics to students in the clinical setting. This DNP capstone was a quality improvement project with a mixed method design using simulation as a teaching strategy. Eight clinical instructors from a university based baccalaureate nursing ...


Results Of A Pilot Analysis Of Actem Listserv Posts As A Tool For Examining Maine Learning Technology Initiative Program Implementation, Components Of The School Funding Formula Mar 2015

Results Of A Pilot Analysis Of Actem Listserv Posts As A Tool For Examining Maine Learning Technology Initiative Program Implementation, Components Of The School Funding Formula

Education Technology

As part of its ongoing evaluation efforts of Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI), the Maine Education Policy Research Institute (MEPRI) staff examined the ACTEM listserv archives for the 2014 calendar year, which overlaps with two academic years, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. The goal of this examination was to pilot a process for documenting and categorizing the listserv content and to determine the viability of this process in providing useful evidence of implementation of the MLTI program. The present report provides an overview of the quality and quantity of messages exchanged through the listserv and a discussion of this evidence.


Preliminary Examinations Of The Relationships Between The Use Levels Of Maine Learning Technology Initiative Devices And School-Level Poverty, Bernadette Doykos Phd, David L. Silvernail, Amy F. Johnson Phd Mar 2015

Preliminary Examinations Of The Relationships Between The Use Levels Of Maine Learning Technology Initiative Devices And School-Level Poverty, Bernadette Doykos Phd, David L. Silvernail, Amy F. Johnson Phd

Education Technology

As MLTI extends into its second decade of operation, a number of questions have emerged that require increased attention to ensure that the needs of students and teachers are being met. For example: Is there evidence of a second “digital divide”—one of skills and use—across the state of Maine? Does the socioeconomic status of students and schools in Maine influence the level of technology integration? The purpose of the present Brief was to explore these questions. To accomplish this, we examine how students’ use of technology varies by schools’ free and reduced priced lunch (FRPL) by analyzing data ...


Divergent Summers: Measuring The Effect-Size Of Summer Vacation On Reading And Mathematics Achievement Scores For Different Populations Of Maine Students, Brian I. Mazjanis Jan 2015

Divergent Summers: Measuring The Effect-Size Of Summer Vacation On Reading And Mathematics Achievement Scores For Different Populations Of Maine Students, Brian I. Mazjanis

All Theses & Dissertations

This quantitative study of summer learning for Maine students in grades three through grades eight analyzed changes in academic achievement level in mathematics and reading that occurred during the summer recess of 2009. The patterns of learning exposed in this study have meaningful implications for policymakers attempting to close the achievement gap.


Investigating The Influence Of Professional Development On Teacher Perceptions Of Engineering Self Efficacy, Stephen D. Marquis Jan 2015

Investigating The Influence Of Professional Development On Teacher Perceptions Of Engineering Self Efficacy, Stephen D. Marquis

All Theses & Dissertations

This mixed-methods study examines the influence of a professional-development intervention to support educators in the integration of engineering education at the elementary level. Particular consideration focused on the evolution of teachers' perceptions of engineering self-efficacy following engagement in professional development intended to support the introduction of engineering in selected grade-five classrooms.


Maine Learning Technology Initiative Program Evaluation Report 2013-14 Professional Development Programs, Caroline A. Pinkham, Bernadette Doykos Dec 2014

Maine Learning Technology Initiative Program Evaluation Report 2013-14 Professional Development Programs, Caroline A. Pinkham, Bernadette Doykos

Education Technology

The purpose of this report is to explore the expansion of the MLTI program that occurred in the 2013‐2014 academic year. In June 2014, over 400 individuals from Maine public schools were solicited to participate in a survey examining their experiences with MLTI technology in their schools. In 2013‐2014, for the first time since the inception of MLTI in 2002, the program shifted to a multiple‐device solution, which offered schools the opportunity to select from a range of device choices, including a MacBook Air, iPad, or HP Probook. Both the MacBook Air and the HP Probook were ...


Factors Used In Maine Learning Technology Initiative (Mlti) Device Choice, Caroline A. Pinkham Dec 2014

Factors Used In Maine Learning Technology Initiative (Mlti) Device Choice, Caroline A. Pinkham

Education Technology

This Brief describes how schools/districts determined their technology device choice. The purpose of the Brief is to gain a better understanding of the decision making processes regarding the technology device(s) that was chosen by districts in the summer of 2013 and how satisfied they were with those devices for the 2013 -2014 school year. Surveys were administered to Superintendents in the Summer of June 2014 regarding this purpose.


Mlti Summer 2014 Principal & Technology Personnel Survey, Bernadette Doykos Phd, Caroline A. Pinkham Nov 2014

Mlti Summer 2014 Principal & Technology Personnel Survey, Bernadette Doykos Phd, Caroline A. Pinkham

Education Technology

The purpose of this report is to explore the expansion of the MLTI program that occurred in the 2013‐2014 academic year. In June 2014, over 400 individuals from Maine public schools were solicited to participate in a survey examining their experiences with MLTI technology in their schools. In 2013‐2014, for the first time since the inception of MLTI in 2002, the program shifted to a multiple‐device solution, which offered schools the opportunity to select from a range of device choices, including a MacBook Air, iPad, or HP Probook. Both the MacBook Air and the HP Probook were ...


Lessons Learned At Selected 1:1 Ipad High Schools, School Year 2012-2013, Amy F. Johnson Phd, Caroline A. Pinkham Aug 2013

Lessons Learned At Selected 1:1 Ipad High Schools, School Year 2012-2013, Amy F. Johnson Phd, Caroline A. Pinkham

Education Technology

In the spring of 2013, the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) adopted a new approach to its 1:1 device selection process. Rather than choosing a single vendor to provide a uniform statewide technology implementation, the Maine Department of Education opted to select a preferred solution and allowed schools the autonomy to choose from among four other approved bids. In anticipation that a number of schools would choose to provide iPads to students, the Maine Education Policy Research Institute (MEPRI) at the University of Southern Maine surveyed teachers at three Maine high schools currently using 1:1 iPads with their ...


Early Observations Of High School Deployment Of One-To-One Technology: A Qualitative Look At One-To-One Computing In Maine High Schools, Leanne C. Walker, Amy F. Johnson Phd, David L. Silvernail Phd Jan 2012

Early Observations Of High School Deployment Of One-To-One Technology: A Qualitative Look At One-To-One Computing In Maine High Schools, Leanne C. Walker, Amy F. Johnson Phd, David L. Silvernail Phd

Education Technology

This research compared the experiences of one-to-one deployment of a small group of MLTI high schools with those of a small group of netbook high schools in the following areas:

General observations: What have been the benefits and challenges of launching a 1:1 program in high school? Has the type of device affected the experiences of schools (netbooks vs. MLTI MacBooks)?

Usage of 1:1 Devices: How do the experiences of the students and teachers compare in the two different programs? Are the less expensive netbook devices adequate for use in the classroom? Does the level of technology integration ...


First Jobs Academy Enhanced Management Training: Curriculum For Employers Of Child Welfare Involved Youth, Amy Beaulieu (Ed.) Mssw, Lcsw Aug 2010

First Jobs Academy Enhanced Management Training: Curriculum For Employers Of Child Welfare Involved Youth, Amy Beaulieu (Ed.) Mssw, Lcsw

Children, Youth, & Families

First Jobs Academy Enhanced Management Training prepares community employers to successfully hire and retain youth in the child welfare system. Training sessions are designed to help employers understand the strengths and struggles these youth bring to the world of work in order to increase opportunities for success.

The Enhanced Management Training program provides employers with basic information and context about working effectively with youth, specifically youth in the foster care system. In the First Jobs Academy model, employers are called “business mentors” to highlight their importance in providing youth with direct support, modeling, and encouragement at the worksite. Business mentors ...


Authentic Assessment In Infant And Toddler Care Settings: Review Of Recent Research, Allyson Dean, Brenda Zollitsch Phd Jun 2010

Authentic Assessment In Infant And Toddler Care Settings: Review Of Recent Research, Allyson Dean, Brenda Zollitsch Phd

Children, Youth, & Families

Authentic assessment provides an alternative approach to gathering child performance information and designing developmentally-appropriate curriculum for infants and toddlers. Conventional tests and assessment have been shown to lead to the mismeasurement of children through the use of norm-referenced testing practices (Bagnato, 2007). Additionally, many of these traditional testing practices have not been developed or validated for infants or toddlers and result in biased samples of a child’s functioning (i.e. results that differ from how a child actually behaves.) This policy brief describes what authentic assessment is, the role observation plays in authentic assessment, how information from observations is ...


Contributing Factors To Student Success In Anatomy & Physiology: Lower Outside Workload & Better Preparation., David E. Harris, Lynn Hannum, Sat Gupta Mar 2004

Contributing Factors To Student Success In Anatomy & Physiology: Lower Outside Workload & Better Preparation., David E. Harris, Lynn Hannum, Sat Gupta

School of Nursing

Presents a study that examined the factors associated with the success in undergraduate Anatomy & Physiology coursework at Lewiston-Auburn College, University of Southern Maine in Lewiston. Details of the grading system used for the period of the study; Analysis of the independent variables that correlated significantly with the final course grades of the students; Relation between the amount of previous study of mathematics and science in both high school and college and the final course grades of the students.


Maine Dance Curriculum Guide, Dance Education In Maine Schools Jan 1994

Maine Dance Curriculum Guide, Dance Education In Maine Schools

Maine Collection

Maine Dance Curriculum Guide

by Dance Education in Maine Schools

Department of Education, Augusta, Maine 1994.


Contents: Message from the Commissioner / Forward / Acknowledgements / Preface - Maine Dance Heritage / Introduction / Pedagogy / Students with Special Needs / Major Premises / Evaluation / Scope and Sequence / App.A: Glossary of Terms / App.B: How to Establish Your School Dance Program / App.C: Complimentary Movement Disciplines / App.D.: Resource List / App.E.: Dance Education in Maine Schools


Estuarine Studies : An Activities Text For Maine Schools, Education Division - Department Of Marine Resources Jan 1990

Estuarine Studies : An Activities Text For Maine Schools, Education Division - Department Of Marine Resources

Maine Collection

Estuarine Studies : An Activities Text for Maine Schools

Fisheries Education Unit #16 - Produced by The Education Division, Department of Marine Resources, State House Station 21, Augusta, Maine 04333-0021.

Revised 1990. Printed Under Appropriation No. 3140.3260.



Discovering Maine's Prehistory Through Archaeology : An Interdisciplinary Curriculum Unit For Grades 5-8, Diane R. Kopec Jan 1988

Discovering Maine's Prehistory Through Archaeology : An Interdisciplinary Curriculum Unit For Grades 5-8, Diane R. Kopec

Maine Collection

Discovering Maine's Prehistory Through Archaeology : An Interdisciplinary Curriculum Unit for Grades 5-8

Developed by Diane R. Kopec for the Maine Historic Preservation Commission (Draft Edition), Augusta, Me., 1988.

Contents: Acknowledgements / Introduction / Description / Organization & General Procedures / Educational Goals & Behavioral Objectives / Unit Plan / What is Archaeology / Doing Archaeology: The Archaeologist & Methods / Doing Archaeology: Prehistory / Doing Archaeology: Excavation & Interpretation / Living Archaeology / Native Americans Today / You and Archaeology / Sources. References, Teacher Bibliography and Glossary



Educational Gerontology: A Competency-Based Program For Adult Educators, Freda D. Bernotavicz M.S. Feb 1985

Educational Gerontology: A Competency-Based Program For Adult Educators, Freda D. Bernotavicz M.S.

Maine Collection

Educational Gerontology: A Competency-Based Program for Adult Educators

Department of Human Resource Development, College of Education and Human Services Development Institute, Center for Research and Advanced Study, University of Southern Maine, (February 1985).

Contents: Introduction / Concentration in Educational Gerontology / The Competency Model / The Courses / Appendix


Guidelines For Equivalent Instruction Through Home-Schooling, Robert E. Boose Sep 1984

Guidelines For Equivalent Instruction Through Home-Schooling, Robert E. Boose

Maine Collection

Guidelines for Equivalent Instruction Through Home-Schooling

Dr. Robert E. Boose, Commissioner, Department of Educational and Cultural Services, Augusta, Maine, September 13, 1984

Contents: Part I - Rules for Equivalent Instruction Programs / Part II - Guidelines for Implementation of Equivalent Instruction Programs by School Boards


Courses Of Instruction At The Portland Campus, University Of Maine 1969-1970, University Of Maine, Portland Jan 1969

Courses Of Instruction At The Portland Campus, University Of Maine 1969-1970, University Of Maine, Portland

Course Catalogs

No abstract provided.


All About Maine : Print And Film Materials To Enrich The Study Of Maine History In Grade Eight, Clyde W. Swett, Mary L. Haskell Jan 1969

All About Maine : Print And Film Materials To Enrich The Study Of Maine History In Grade Eight, Clyde W. Swett, Mary L. Haskell

Maine Collection

All About Maine: Print and Film Materials to Enrich the Study of Maine History in Grade Eight. By Clyde W. Swett, Consultant Instructional Media, Department of Education and Mary L. Haskell, Librarian Union Street Junior High School, Bangor.

Maine State Department of Education, Augusta, 1969.

Contents under the following headings: Biography, Fiction, Films, Folklore, Literature, Maps, Miscellaneous, Natural History and Geology, Periodicals, Social and Political History, Directory of Publishers and Distributors, Index.