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Educational Leadership Newsletter December 2015, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Dec 2015

Educational Leadership Newsletter December 2015, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Alumni News
  • Two Cohort Programs to Begin Fall 2016
  • Thinking About Internship?
  • PhD in Public Policy with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and Policy New Cohort Starting Fall 2016
  • Spring 2016 Schedule


Torch (December 2015), Brandon Baldwin, Civil Rights Team Project Dec 2015

Torch (December 2015), Brandon Baldwin, Civil Rights Team Project

Torch: The Civil Rights Team Project Newsletter

No abstract provided.


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 ...


Educational Leadership Newsletter November 2015, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Nov 2015

Educational Leadership Newsletter November 2015, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • USM Teacher Leadership Cohort
  • Balancing Home and Work
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Thinking About Internship?
  • PhD in Public Policy with a Concentration in Educational Leadership and Policy New Cohort Starting Fall 2016
  • Spring 2016 Schedule


Women & Gender Studies Fall 2015 Newsletter, Women & Gender Studies Program, University Of Southern Maine Oct 2015

Women & Gender Studies Fall 2015 Newsletter, Women & Gender Studies Program, University Of Southern Maine

WGS Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Director's Welcome
  • Major/Minor & Core
  • Alum Updates
  • Faculty Spotlight
  • Spring Courses
  • GSSO & Student Spotlight


Educational Leadership Newsletter October 2015, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Oct 2015

Educational Leadership Newsletter October 2015, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • USM Professional Educator Program
  • Southern Maine Partnership
  • Spring 2016 Schedule


Torch (October 2015), Brandon Baldwin, Civil Rights Team Project Oct 2015

Torch (October 2015), Brandon Baldwin, Civil Rights Team Project

Torch: The Civil Rights Team Project Newsletter

No abstract provided.


Torch (August 2015), Brandon Baldwin, Civil Rights Team Project Aug 2015

Torch (August 2015), Brandon Baldwin, Civil Rights Team Project

Torch: The Civil Rights Team Project Newsletter

No abstract provided.


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 ...


Educational Leadership Newsletter June 2015, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Jun 2015

Educational Leadership Newsletter June 2015, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • Southern Maine Leadership End of Year Report 2014-15
  • Congratulations 2015 Graduates
  • Fall 2015 Schedule


Torch (May 2015), Brandon Baldwin, Civil Rights Team Project May 2015

Torch (May 2015), Brandon Baldwin, Civil Rights Team Project

Torch: The Civil Rights Team Project Newsletter

No abstract provided.


Educational Leadership Newsletter May 2015, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine May 2015

Educational Leadership Newsletter May 2015, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • PhD Topics - Southern Maine Partnership Dine and Discuss
  • Southern Maine Partnership Principals Meeting
  • Leadership Projects
  • Fall 2015 Schedule


Women & Gender Studies Spring 2015 Newsletter, Women & Gender Studies Program, University Of Southern Maine Apr 2015

Women & Gender Studies Spring 2015 Newsletter, Women & Gender Studies Program, University Of Southern Maine

WGS Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Director's Welcome
  • Major/Minor & Core
  • GSSO Update
  • Student Life Update
  • Alum Updates
  • Affiliate Scholars Program
  • Fall 2014 Courses


An Outdoor Classroom To Improve The Student Experience And Connect The Community, Chelsea Malacara Apr 2015

An Outdoor Classroom To Improve The Student Experience And Connect The Community, Chelsea Malacara

Thinking Matters Symposium

An opportunity to learn outdoors unites students to their surroundings and closes the gap between human and nature. Outdoor spaces contribute to ecological literacy and are critical to a well-rounded education. The University of Southern Maine community places emphasis on environmental stewardship through classroom instruction and campus projects. The Gorham campus has 9 acres of wooded area plus unused greenspace. I am proposing the construction of an outdoor classroom. The proposal will include interviews from various stakeholders, a site assessment, and a digital and 3D model of the outdoor classroom that will be created per the Site Planning and Design ...


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 ...


Educational Leadership Newsletter March 2015, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine Mar 2015

Educational Leadership Newsletter March 2015, Educational Leadership Department, University Of Southern Maine

Educational Leadership Newsletters

Inside this issue:

  • From the Chair
  • Pilots Belong on TV and in Labs, not at Schools
  • Thinking About Internship?
  • EDL New Student Advising Night
  • Wanted - Educational Leaders Interested in Becoming School Superintendents in Maine
  • Southern Maine Partnership Update
  • Fall 2015 Schedule


Torch (March 2015), Brandon Baldwin, Civil Rights Team Project Mar 2015

Torch (March 2015), Brandon Baldwin, Civil Rights Team Project

Torch: The Civil Rights Team Project Newsletter

No abstract provided.


English Department Newsletter 2015, English Department, University Of Southern Maine Jan 2015

English Department Newsletter 2015, English Department, University Of Southern Maine

Department of English Newsletter

No abstract provided.


Report Of The Commission To Study The Adequacy And Equity Of Certain Cost Components Of The School Funding Formula, Commission To Study The Adequacy And Equity Of Certain Cost Components Of The School Funding Formula Jan 2015

Report Of The Commission To Study The Adequacy And Equity Of Certain Cost Components Of The School Funding Formula, Commission To Study The Adequacy And Equity Of Certain Cost Components Of The School Funding Formula

School Funding - Essential Programs and Services (EPS)

The Commission was created by Resolves 2014, chapter 114, legislation that originated with the Joint Standing Committee on Education of the 126th Maine Legislature. Five members were appointed by the President of the Maine Senate; seven members were appointed by the Speaker of the House. The final two members were the Commissioner of Education or designee, and the Chair of the State Board of Education or designee. The names of Commission members and the organizations they represent, are included in Appendix B.

What follows are descriptions and materials related to each section of the Resolve and the final recommendations made ...


Summer Learning Loss For Maine Public School Elementary Students, David L. Silvernail Phd, Brian I. Mazjanis Jan 2015

Summer Learning Loss For Maine Public School Elementary Students, David L. Silvernail Phd, Brian I. Mazjanis

School Improvement

The goal of this research was to determine if there are statistically significant differences in learning between different categories of students apart from the influences of school. The foundational assumption is that student academic achievement is a product of both in-school and out-of-school factors. While there are many breaks from schooling during the calendar year, the largest by far is the summer recess. This study examined student achievement data measured at the end of one school year and then again at the beginning of the next school year. The study took advantage of the natural experiment that arose when the ...


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.


Torch (January 2015), Brandon Baldwin, Civil Rights Team Project Jan 2015

Torch (January 2015), Brandon Baldwin, Civil Rights Team Project

Torch: The Civil Rights Team Project Newsletter

No abstract provided.


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.


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.


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.


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.


College Connections Newsletter, Winter 2015, Cahs Dean's Office Staff Jan 2015

College Connections Newsletter, Winter 2015, Cahs Dean's Office Staff

College Connections Newsletter

In This Issue:

  • 2015-2016 Trustee Professorship
  • CAHS Student Scholarship and Awards Ceremony
  • New Minors