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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 ...


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 ...


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: Implications For College And Career Access, Erika K. Stump, Janet C. Fairman Ph.D., Bernadette Doykos Phd, Paul Fink Jan 2017

Proficiency-Based High School Diploma Systems In Maine: Implications For College And Career Access, Erika K. Stump, Janet C. Fairman Ph.D., Bernadette Doykos Phd, Paul Fink

Proficiency-Based Education

This report shares research conducted to examine the alignment of proficiency-based diploma systems with college eligibility and admissions requirements as well as identify post-secondary career entry requirements and attributes of high quality workers. Findings suggest that most college admissions, scholarship selection and athletic eligibility processes still heavily rely on traditional components, such as grade point average, standardized test scores, course selection and grades. Admissions officers indicated that a precise, informative school profile and clear transcript with student information that could be compared to other applicants was important. Although participants in this study said they had not received many proficiency-based high ...


An Examination Of The Features Of Evidence-Based Teacher Credentialing Systems, Catherine Fallona Phd, Amy F. Johnson Phd Jan 2017

An Examination Of The Features Of Evidence-Based Teacher Credentialing Systems, Catherine Fallona Phd, Amy F. Johnson Phd

School Improvement

The first section provides background and context related to teacher preparation pathways, accountability and quality assurance at the state and national levels. This is followed by a brief description of the methods used for gathering evidence related to teacher credentials and quality teachers and teacher education. The remaining report sections provide an overview of the findings from the research literature and other published reports about the evidence base related to teacher and teacher preparation program quality. To aid in organization, the reviewed components are grouped into sections: teacher content knowledge, the clinical preparation of teachers, alternative teacher certification, and teacher ...


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 ...


Proficiency-Based Diploma System In Maine: Implementing District-Level High School Graduation Policies Phase Iii Report, Erika K. Stump, David L. Silvernail Phd Jun 2015

Proficiency-Based Diploma System In Maine: Implementing District-Level High School Graduation Policies Phase Iii Report, Erika K. Stump, David L. Silvernail Phd

Proficiency-Based Education

In this Phase III of the study, examination of the application documents, practices, policies and standards of several case study districts provided insights into the development of local high school graduation policies aligned with Maine's proficiency-based diploma legislation. In addition, high school administrators and district leaders in case study districts were asked in interviews to discuss how this state policy has continued to impact their local district and schools. The following material describes the work being done regarding high school graduation policies that have been proposed and passed in these seven case study districts. This study examines and describes ...


Preparing For Changes In Teacher Preparation Program Accountability: Evaluating The Factors That Influence Job Placement Of Teacher Preparation Program Graduates, Amy F. Johnson Jan 2015

Preparing For Changes In Teacher Preparation Program Accountability: Evaluating The Factors That Influence Job Placement Of Teacher Preparation Program Graduates, Amy F. Johnson

All Theses & Dissertations

Teacher preparations programs are facing increased pressure to report on the outcomes of their graduates, including their job placement rates. Prior research on job placement for teachers establishes that a variety of factors are related to whether or not individuals apply for and receive jobs. This research study explored these factors through quantitative analysis of three cohorts of teacher preparation program completers within the University of Maine system, using logistic regression to identify the individual and contextual characteristics that are most predictive of job application and hiring.


Elementary Teachers Committed To Actively Teaching Science And Engineering, Julianne Radkowski Opperman Jan 2015

Elementary Teachers Committed To Actively Teaching Science And Engineering, Julianne Radkowski Opperman

All Theses & Dissertations

Committed elementary teachers of science and engineering, members of a professional learning community called Collaborative Conversations in STEM, were studied to elicit their perceptions of experiences that influenced their commitment to, and their pedagogical content knowledge of, STEM teaching and learning.


Gen Ms 30 Thurston/Corthell Collection Finding Aid, Megan Hendrix Dec 2014

Gen Ms 30 Thurston/Corthell Collection Finding Aid, Megan Hendrix

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Description:

W.J. Corthell was the first principal of the Western State Normal School in Gorham, founded in 1878. The other collector may have been Marjorie Thurston, class of 1907. The Memorabilia consists of artifacts and photographs found in Special Collections.

Date Range:

1870s-1907

Size of Collection:

1 ft.


Gen Ms 23 Esther Wood Papers Finding Aid, Daniel Draper, Megan Turner Jul 2007

Gen Ms 23 Esther Wood Papers Finding Aid, Daniel Draper, Megan Turner

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Description:

Esther Wood taught Social Sciences and History at Gorham Normal School from 1930 to 1972. She regularly wrote columns for the Christian Science Monitor and received many awards, including “Woman of the Year” from the Blue Hill Chamber of Commerce and a Doctorate of Humane Letters honoris causa from Colby College. In 1973, the University named a dormitory building on the Gorham campus in her honor. The Papers consist of her lecture notes on the history of New England from the 16th century through the colonial period and the Revolutionary War to the founding of the State of Maine ...


Gen Ms 19 Fitts Family Collection Finding Aid, Daniel Draper Jul 2007

Gen Ms 19 Fitts Family Collection Finding Aid, Daniel Draper

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Description:

Bertha Rice Fitts was born in 1870, in Waterford, Maine. After graduating from Gorham Normal School in 1894, she became Master’s Assistant and eighth-grade teacher in Westbrook, Maine, before accepting a similar position at a grammar school in Quincy, MA. While in Quincy, she boarded with Mrs. Calvin Fitts, and in 1899 married her son, Arthur Fitts. She was involved in the Southern Branch of the Gorham Alumni Association for many years. The Collection consists of primarily late 19th c. commercial photographs of teachers and students of Gorham Normal School, plus photos of Gorham Normal School buildings, Bertha ...


Gen Ms 21 Edith Meserve Rice Papers Finding Aid, Daniel Draper Jul 2007

Gen Ms 21 Edith Meserve Rice Papers Finding Aid, Daniel Draper

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Description:

Edith Meserve Rice was a student at Gorham Normal School 1942-1946, and was active in the Alumni Association from the 1970s through the 1990s. The Papers include photographs and other material documenting Rice's life as a student at Gorham Normal School in the early 1940s, as well as alumni news, songs of Gorham Normal School and the State of Maine, and information about Gorham State Teachers College and the University of Southern Maine.

Date Range:

1940s-2002

Size of Collection:

0.5 ft.


Gen Ms 15 Francis L. Bailey Papers Finding Aid, John D. Knowlton Nov 2001

Gen Ms 15 Francis L. Bailey Papers Finding Aid, John D. Knowlton

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Description:

Francis L Bailey was President of Gorham State Teacher's College from 1940 to 1960. The Papers consist of Certificates presented to him: Appointment as Reemployment Committeeman, Cumberland County Local Board No. 4, Maine, 1945 Je 13; Certificate of Appreciation for uncompensated Service in the Selective Service System, undated.

Date Range:

1945 & undated

Size of Collection:

1 ft.


Gen Ms 08 Walter E. Russell Papers Finding Aid, John D. Knowlton Aug 2001

Gen Ms 08 Walter E. Russell Papers Finding Aid, John D. Knowlton

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Description:

Dr. Walter E. Russell Papers span the period 1874-1945, the bulk of them 1870s-1880s, consisting of writings on education and allied topics as well as his sermons. There are a small number of printed items and a photograph of the1928 School Summer Session. Russell often used printed material as scrap paper, so forms usually found in the office of an education administrator of the time occur in these Papers.

Date Range:

1874-1945

Size of Collection:

2 ft.


Gen Ms 10 Harriet Sweetser Letters Finding Aid, John D. Knowlton Jan 2001

Gen Ms 10 Harriet Sweetser Letters Finding Aid, John D. Knowlton

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Description:

Harriet Sweester attended Gorham Normal School in the 1890s. She became a teacher and the first Administrator of Home Economics for the Maine State Department of Education. The collection contains letters Sweetser wrote home describing her daily life as a student.

Date Range:

1890s

Size of Collection:

0.5 ft.


Gen Ms 10 Harriet Sweetser Letters, John D. Knowlton Jan 2001

Gen Ms 10 Harriet Sweetser Letters, John D. Knowlton

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Provenance: Donated by Elizabeth Sweetser Baxter in 1999. Ownership & Literary Rights: The Harriet Sweetser Letters are the physical property of the University of Southern Maine Library. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the creator or his legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the Head of Special Collections. Cite as: Harriet Sweetser Letters, Special Collections, University of Southern Maine Libraries. Restrictions on access: This collection is open for research.


The Spirit Of Teaching, Michael Brady, Desi Larson Jan 2001

The Spirit Of Teaching, Michael Brady, Desi Larson

Faculty and Staff Books

1999-2001 Walter E. Russell Endowed Chair in Philosophy and Education at the University of Southern Maine

Edited by E. Michael Brady and Desi Larson


12-07-Unknown, Harriet Sweetser Dec 2000

12-07-Unknown, Harriet Sweetser

Undated

This collection contains letters written by Harriet Sweetser, dated from 1898 to 1916, as well as some photographs. Most of the letters were written during her time as a student at Gorham Normal School, a teacher training college located on what is currently the Gorham campus of the University of Southern Maine. Almost all of the letters are addressed to her mother, with a few to her father. Sweetser writes home to tell her parents about her day-to-day life at school. She later taught at a grammar school in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and became a superintendent. Harriet Sweetser was born on ...


12-Unknown, Harriet Sweetser Dec 2000

12-Unknown, Harriet Sweetser

Undated

This collection contains letters written by Harriet Sweetser, dated from 1898 to 1916, as well as some photographs. Most of the letters were written during her time as a student at Gorham Normal School, a teacher training college located on what is currently the Gorham campus of the University of Southern Maine. Almost all of the letters are addressed to her mother, with a few to her father. Sweetser writes home to tell her parents about her day-to-day life at school. She later taught at a grammar school in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and became a superintendent. Harriet Sweetser was born on ...


Date Unknown, Harriet Sweetser Jan 2000

Date Unknown, Harriet Sweetser

Undated

This collection contains letters written by Harriet Sweetser, dated from 1898 to 1916, as well as some photographs. Most of the letters were written during her time as a student at Gorham Normal School, a teacher training college located on what is currently the Gorham campus of the University of Southern Maine. Almost all of the letters are addressed to her mother, with a few to her father. Sweetser writes home to tell her parents about her day-to-day life at school. She later taught at a grammar school in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and became a superintendent. Harriet Sweetser was born on ...


Dover-Foxcroft Schoolhouse Map, Harriet Sweetser Jan 2000

Dover-Foxcroft Schoolhouse Map, Harriet Sweetser

Undated

This collection contains letters written by Harriet Sweetser, dated from 1898 to 1916, as well as some photographs. Most of the letters were written during her time as a student at Gorham Normal School, a teacher training college located on what is currently the Gorham campus of the University of Southern Maine. Almost all of the letters are addressed to her mother, with a few to her father. Sweetser writes home to tell her parents about her day-to-day life at school. She later taught at a grammar school in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and became a superintendent. Harriet Sweetser was born on ...


Date Unknown, Harriet Sweetser Jan 2000

Date Unknown, Harriet Sweetser

Undated

This collection contains letters written by Harriet Sweetser, dated from 1898 to 1916, as well as some photographs. Most of the letters were written during her time as a student at Gorham Normal School, a teacher training college located on what is currently the Gorham campus of the University of Southern Maine. Almost all of the letters are addressed to her mother, with a few to her father. Sweetser writes home to tell her parents about her day-to-day life at school. She later taught at a grammar school in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine and became a superintendent. Harriet Sweetser was born on ...


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, Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern Maine

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 ...


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



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



Gorham State College Catalog 1969, Gorham State College Jan 1969

Gorham State College Catalog 1969, Gorham State College

Course Catalogs

No abstract provided.


Gorham State College Catalog 1968, Gorham State College Jan 1968

Gorham State College Catalog 1968, Gorham State College

Course Catalogs

No abstract provided.