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Addressing Critical Shortages: An Examination Of Supports For Early Career Special Educators In Maine, Diane R. Nadeau Apr 2019

Addressing Critical Shortages: An Examination Of Supports For Early Career Special Educators In Maine, Diane R. Nadeau

Muskie School Dissertations

Alarming percentages of early career special educators, as many as 50%, leave education within five years (Edgar & Pair, 2005; Menlove, Games, & Salzberg, 2004; Plash & Piotrowski, 2006). These statistics are cause for grave concern. The purpose of this survey research study was to discover early career special educators' perceptions of the induction support they received.


An Examination Of How Middle School Principals Make Sense Of Their Role In Leading Standards Based Educational Reform, Barbara J. Maling Apr 2019

An Examination Of How Middle School Principals Make Sense Of Their Role In Leading Standards Based Educational Reform, Barbara J. Maling

Muskie School Dissertations

A dominant feature of the educational policy landscape has been the adoption and use of learning standards to design classroom instruction. As these efforts move forward, often without clear definition of the classroom practices that should be adopted, the role of the school principal is critical in interpreting the changes, and charting a course for the teachers in the building. This qualitative study, examines the sensemaking of four active middle school principals as they interpreted and led standards-based reform efforts in their buildings, using a novel theoretical framework based on prior research (Benford & Snow, 2000; Spillane, Reiser, & Reimer, 2002). In addition, the study sought to illuminate how the forces of the principal's belief in the value of the standards-based education and their accountability to the district and state to create change affected their leadership practice in the school.

Key findings demonstrated that the variation in language related to standardsbased practices posed challenges for principals, and that principals made robust efforts to mediate the collective sensemaking of the practitioners in their buildings, as well the individual teacher sensemaking of the new practices. In the study principals hewed to the unique context of their school when determining what elements of standards-based practices to adopt. Other findings support the idea that a principal' s belief in the reform efforts is a substantially stronger influence on their leadership priorities than a sense of accountability.

This indicates that reform efforts should focus on careful consideration of the language used to describe the practices; they should account for resources ...


An Examination Of The Relationship Between The Achievement Of Students With High Incidence Disabilities And Maine State Compliant Standards-Based Individualized Educational Programs, Jessica A. Yates Apr 2019

An Examination Of The Relationship Between The Achievement Of Students With High Incidence Disabilities And Maine State Compliant Standards-Based Individualized Educational Programs, Jessica A. Yates

Muskie School Dissertations

This quantitative study analyzed the significance of the impact of Maine state compliant standards-based individualized education programs (IEPs) on the math and reading achievement of third grade students eligible for special education under the high incidence disability categories of Specific Learning Disability and Other Health Impairment. A total of 72 cases (n = 72) were collected. Descriptive data analysis was conducted to investigate characteristics of IEP compliance with Maine state standardsbased IEP expectations in the academic and standards-based IEP goal realms. Analyses of Covariance were conducted to determine if the compliance level of a student's standards-based IEP had a significant ...


Leadership Of Heart And Mind: Examining The Mind And Skill Sets Of Student Sustainability Leadership, Holly E. Parker Apr 2019

Leadership Of Heart And Mind: Examining The Mind And Skill Sets Of Student Sustainability Leadership, Holly E. Parker

Muskie School Dissertations

The purpose of this comparative case study was to deepen the understanding of post-secondary student sustainability leaders' motivations and identify the skills they have employed in order to inform the development of curricular and co-curricular sustainability leadership learning experiences. The study sought to answer three central research questions: What motivates students to become sustainability leaders in higher education settings? How do student sustainability leaders describe their role and effectiveness as leaders and in collaboration with or comparison to university personnel responsible for moving the institution's goals of sustainability forward? What leadership qualities and skills have student sustainability leaders used ...


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.


Teacher Turnover In Maine: Analysis Of Staffing Patterns From 2005-06 To 2016-17, Lisa Morris Phd, Amy Johnson Ph.D Apr 2018

Teacher Turnover In Maine: Analysis Of Staffing Patterns From 2005-06 To 2016-17, Lisa Morris Phd, Amy Johnson Ph.D

State of Education

There is a concern that schools facing persistent teacher shortages may struggle to provide a comprehensive educational program, resulting in inequitable learning opportunities for their students.


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.


Proficiency-Based High School Diploma Systems In Maine: Getting To Graduation (Supporting Students In High Schools Implementing Standards-Based Education And Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements), Erika Stump Phd, Bernadette Doykos Phd, Maria Rios Brache Mar 2018

Proficiency-Based High School Diploma Systems In Maine: Getting To Graduation (Supporting Students In High Schools Implementing Standards-Based Education And Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements), Erika Stump Phd, Bernadette Doykos Phd, Maria Rios Brache

Higher Education and College Readiness

Findings from this case study research indicate that, as part of the school and district work to implement a proficiency-based system, all case study schools were establishing definitions of proficient, aligning curricula and assessments to common content area standards, and building interventions to remediate with students struggling to demonstrate proficiency.


Mobility In Maine Schools: Impact On Student Performance And Proficiency, Craig A. Mason Phd, Shihfen Tu Phd Mar 2018

Mobility In Maine Schools: Impact On Student Performance And Proficiency, Craig A. Mason Phd, Shihfen Tu Phd

State of Education

The report examined non-promotional mobility in several ways over different time periods and outcomes in order to determine whether common themes emerged in how mobility impacted students.


Allocation Of Federal Title Ia Funds Under Essa: Issues And Recommendations, Amy F. Johnson Phd, Janet C. Fairman Ph.D. May 2017

Allocation Of Federal Title Ia Funds Under Essa: Issues And Recommendations, Amy F. Johnson Phd, Janet C. Fairman Ph.D.

State of Education

This report highlights some issues the Department may wish to consider in those future analyses and discussions. Concluding with suggestions for options to test out when more years of current assessment data are available, in addition to other suggestions from the ESSA Advisory Group that are already planned for future consideration.


Proficiency-Based High School Diploma Systems In Maine: Implications For Special Education And Career And Technical Education Programming And Student Populations, Erika K. Stump, Amy Johnson, Cathy Jacobs Mar 2017

Proficiency-Based High School Diploma Systems In Maine: Implications For Special Education And Career And Technical Education Programming And Student Populations, Erika K. Stump, Amy Johnson, Cathy Jacobs

State of Education

Document review and interviews were conducted with college admissions' personnel to gather data regarding alignment of proficiency-based diploma systems and college eligibility and entry requirements. In addition, leaders and representative personnel from and Maine businesses and the U.S. military were interviewed to identify postsecondary career entry requirements and attributes of high quality workers. Another area of inquiry in this phase of the study included analysis of data from interviews with leaders and educators in Special Education to examine the perceived challenges, benefits and impacts of this diploma policy on students with identified disabilities and special education programming provided by ...


Grant Writing In Higher Education, Amos Bean Apr 2016

Grant Writing In Higher Education, Amos Bean

Muskie School Capstones and Dissertations

The primary aim of this capstone was to elicit feedback from public health and grant writing practitioners and funders in order to gather data that can be used to supplement teachings and readings for a course in the Muskie School of Public Service Masters in Public Health (MPH) graduate program. Two overarching questions served as the basis for this endeavor. The primary question for public health and grant writing practitioners was, “What are the most important lessons you have learned that you think graduate students who are writing their first proposals should know?” The primary question for funders was, “What ...


A Framework For A Dynamic Metropolitan University, Bert Smoluk Phd, Cfa, Jan Nelson Mba Jan 2016

A Framework For A Dynamic Metropolitan University, Bert Smoluk Phd, Cfa, Jan Nelson Mba

Strategic Planning

A Metropolitan University (MU) is deeply embedded in its local community, entwined in various economic, social, and professional networks over which creative and innovative ideas circulate. In keeping with its core mission of education, a MU can leverage these networks by implementing a research agenda designed to gain a better understanding of the propagation and exchange of ideas over the networks in which it operates. We refer to a university that has adopted such an agenda as a Dynamic Metropolitan University. Guided by a strategic plan that recognizes and supports the study of networks, a Dynamic MU is then positioned ...


Exploring Principal Leadership In Improving Elementary Schools, Brian A. Porter Jan 2015

Exploring Principal Leadership In Improving Elementary Schools, Brian A. Porter

All Theses & Dissertations

As schools in Maine, and across the nation, are increasingly held to greater standards of accountability in terms of insuring higher levels of student academic growth and achievement, some schools are improving and some are not. Even beyond the constraints of tightening financial impositions and increasing accountability mandates, some are "defying the odds" and producing positive results. This research study sought to explore and understand the characteristics of principal leadership in improving elementary schools in Maine.


Maine's Improving Schools: An Examination Of Distinguishing Features Of A Sample Of Maine's Improving Public Schools, Erika Stump Phd, David Silvernail Phd, Catherine Fallona Phd, Lori Moran Gunn Jan 2013

Maine's Improving Schools: An Examination Of Distinguishing Features Of A Sample Of Maine's Improving Public Schools, Erika Stump Phd, David Silvernail Phd, Catherine Fallona Phd, Lori Moran Gunn

School Improvement

In 2010, at the request of the Maine state legislature, the Maine Education Policy Research Institute (MEPRI) at the University of Southern Maine (USM) began a multi-year study of two sets of schools in Maine. One set of schools was unique because they were found to be examples of More Efficient Maine schools. The second set were unique because they were examples of Improving schools, schools on their way to becoming more efficient. Following a summary of the findings from the study of some of Maine’s More Efficient schools, this report provides a summary of the findings from the ...


More Efficient High Schools In Maine: Emerging Student‐Centered Learning Communities, David L. Silvernail Phd, Erika K. Stump Phd, Richard E. Barnes, Kenneth E. Kunin, Sarah E. Wintle Jan 2012

More Efficient High Schools In Maine: Emerging Student‐Centered Learning Communities, David L. Silvernail Phd, Erika K. Stump Phd, Richard E. Barnes, Kenneth E. Kunin, Sarah E. Wintle

School Improvement

The Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation at the University of Southern Maine conducted a study in 2010-2011 of a sample of Maine high schools. Funded in part by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the study examined the degree to which these More Efficient high schools were also student-centered.

This report describes the methodology used to identify Maine schools that were outperforming expectations and reports the results from conducting case studies of a representative sample of these and other Maine schools. Through these case studies, we were able to uncover what the schools were doing that set them ...


Essential Programs And Services Review: The Special Education Funding Model, Walter J. Harris Phd, Ida A. Batista Mar 2011

Essential Programs And Services Review: The Special Education Funding Model, Walter J. Harris Phd, Ida A. Batista

School Funding - Essential Programs and Services (EPS)

The purpose of this document is to review the special education funding component of the Essential Programs and Services funding model. This component was first implemented in 2005 -2006 and first reviewed in 2007-08. In order to establish a context for this second review, the sections below include an overview of special education and funding in the U.S. and in Maine.


Design Team Academic Reorganization Proposal To The President Of The University Of Southern Maine, James B. Shaffer, Robert S. Caswell, Bruce Clary, Kate L. Forhan, Lynne Miller, Judith Ryan, Timothy Stevens, Jeannine D. Uzzi Mar 2010

Design Team Academic Reorganization Proposal To The President Of The University Of Southern Maine, James B. Shaffer, Robert S. Caswell, Bruce Clary, Kate L. Forhan, Lynne Miller, Judith Ryan, Timothy Stevens, Jeannine D. Uzzi

University Reorganization

This proposal is the result of the deliberations of the University of Southern Maine Reorganization Design Team: Executive Director of Public Affairs Robert S. Caswell, Professor Bruce Clary of Public Policy and Management, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Kate L. Forhan, Professor of Professional Education Lynne Miller, Vice President for Human Resources and Senior Advisor to the President Judith Ryan, Chief Operating Officer and USM School of Business Dean James B. Shaffer (Chair), Special Assistant for Planning and Project Development Dr. Timothy Stevens, and Associate Professor of Classics Jeannine D. Uzzi. Information contained in appendices concerning economic ...


Draft - Design Team Academic Reorganization Proposal, Bruce Clary, Robert S. Caswell, Kate L. Forhan, Lynne Miller, Judith Ryan, James B. Shaffer, Timothy Stevens, Jeannine D. Uzzi Mar 2010

Draft - Design Team Academic Reorganization Proposal, Bruce Clary, Robert S. Caswell, Kate L. Forhan, Lynne Miller, Judith Ryan, James B. Shaffer, Timothy Stevens, Jeannine D. Uzzi

University Reorganization

This proposal is the result of the deliberations of the University of Southern Maine Reorganization Design Team: Professor Bruce Clary of Public Policy and Management, Executive Director of Public Affairs Robert S. Caswell, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Kate L. Forhan, Professor of Professional Education Lynne C. Miller, Vice President for Human Resources and Senior Advisor to the President Judith Ryan, Chief Operating Officer and USM School of Business Dean James B. Shaffer, Special Assistant for Planning and Project Development Dr. Timothy Stevens, and Associate Professor of Classics Jeannine D. Uzzi. All members of the Design Team ...


Compulsory Education In Maine : A Brief History 1821 To 1996, Maine Department Of Education Jul 1996

Compulsory Education In Maine : A Brief History 1821 To 1996, Maine Department Of Education

Maine Collection

Compulsory Education in Maine : A Brief History 1821 to 1996

Edited from Department Documents from 1985 by Frank J. Antonucci, Jr., Consultant Truancy, Dropout, and Alternative Education. Maine Department of Education, (July 1996).

Printed under appropriation number 014-05A-7156-01


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


Toward A Sustainable Maine : The Politics, Economics, And Ethics Of Sustainability, Richard Barringer (Ed.) Jan 1993

Toward A Sustainable Maine : The Politics, Economics, And Ethics Of Sustainability, Richard Barringer (Ed.)

Maine Collection

Toward A Sustainable Maine : The Politics, Economics, and Ethics of Sustainability

Richard Barringer, editor

Edmund S. Muskie Institute of Public Affairs, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine, 1993.

The proceedings of a conference presented at Bowdoin College on March 19 and 20, 1993, by the Edmund S. Muskie Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Southern Maine, and by the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Ellen Baum, conference organizer.

Contents; Foreword by Richard Barringer / Welcome by Everett Carson / Global, Canadian, and Maine Perspectives / Sustaining Our Natural and Human-made Capital / Sustaining Our Community Resources / Sustaining Our Human Resources / Concluding Remarks ...


Educational Access For Homeless School-Age Children : A Model For Building Collaboration Between Educators And Social Services Providers, Karen Tilbor, Al Leighton Oct 1990

Educational Access For Homeless School-Age Children : A Model For Building Collaboration Between Educators And Social Services Providers, Karen Tilbor, Al Leighton

Maine Collection

Educational Access for Homeless School-Age Children : A Model for Building Collaboration Between Educators and Social Services Providers

Karen Tilbor and Al Leighton

Human Services Development Institute, Edmund S. Muskie Institute of Public Affairs, Graduate Program in Public Policy and Management, University of Southern Maine

October 1990

"This report was prepared under contract with the Maine Department of Education" Printed under Appropriation # 013-05A-1002-01

Contents: Introduction / Forum for Portland-Area Educators / Brochure / Educators and Social Service Providers Collaborate / Summary and Recommendations / Appendices


Staying Power : "Leaving School Too Soon" : Report Of The Advisory Committee On Truants, Dropouts And Alternative Programs, Department Of Educational And Cultural Services Jan 1987

Staying Power : "Leaving School Too Soon" : Report Of The Advisory Committee On Truants, Dropouts And Alternative Programs, Department Of Educational And Cultural Services

Maine Collection

Staying Power : "Leaving School Too Soon" : Report of the Advisory Committee on Truants, Dropouts and Alternative Programs.

Maine.Department of Educational and Cultural Services. Printed Under Appropriation #4201.1111.

January 1987

Contents: Advisory Committee Members / Dedication / Acknowledgements / Contents / Introduction / Summary of Observations and Findings / Agenda for the Advisory Committee / What's Happening in Maine? / Maine Law / Alternatives in Education / Prevention / Recommendations for Action / Appendix / Fig.A - Adult High School Completion State Totals / Fig.B - Maine Secondary Dropouts by Grade & Year / Fig.C - Maine Secondary Dropouts Grade & Year / Fig.D - Total Secondary Enrollment in Maine (Oct., April, & End-of-Year).


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


150 Years Of Education In Maine, Kermit S. Nickerson Jan 1970

150 Years Of Education In Maine, Kermit S. Nickerson

Maine Collection

150 Years of Education in Maine

Kermit S. Nickerson, Deputy Commissioner of Education

State of Maine, Department of Education, Augusta, 1970.

Sesqui-Centennial History of Maine's Educational System and the Growth and Development of the Maine State Department of Education.

Contents: Foreword / 150 Years / Part I - Education in Maine Prior to 1900 / Part II - Development of the State Department of Education



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.