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Maine DOE Hosts First 'Adult Multilingual Summer Institute Teachers' in Local Districts Eager to Support New Learners

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As the housing crisis felt across Maine forced some of Maine’s newest multilingual residents out of urban areas into the state’s rural areas, the Maine Department of Education (DOE) and Maine’s adult Language learning programs are right there to support them. requirement.

The first ever ‘Teachers of Adult Multilingual Summer Institute’ was held at Sugarloaf and was held virtually recently.Hosted by the Adult Education Team of the DOE of Maine and affectionately called “Camp Sugarloaf,” the gathering featured nationally renowned educators and speakers Jamie Adelson-Goldstein A three-day study on implementing high-leverage practices and differentiation in virtual and face-to-face multilingual classrooms using interactive activities that allow participants to get to know each other and delve into what they value Content and best practices for educating multilingual adult learners led workshops conducted during the course of the program.

In addition to the full Adelson-Goldstein group sessions, the Institute also offered a variety of breakout sessions led by educators working in some of Maine’s more urban adult education programs.

Rochelle Yanike Hale of Portland Adult Education led the session “How to Increase Student Writing in Remote Classes” and Virginie Akimana of Portland Adult Education hosted the session “Considerations for Working with Adult Multilingual Learners” Tekia Cox of Augusta hosted the session. Adult & Community Education hosted participants in a roundtable on orientation for multilingual learners. Also Kelli Park, University of Southern Maine (USM)/Merrymeeting Adult Education; Elizabeth Cuccinello DiLalla, RSU 13 Adult & Community Education; Moira Taylor, Portland Adult Education; Immigration Advocacy ProjectAmy Hatch of Lewiston Adult Education, and Anya Enright EnGen.

Members of the Maine DOE Adult Education Team hosted a variety of sessions ranging from CASAS (assessments) to community resources. Teaching Critical Skills (TSTM) ToolkitAdditionally, the Institute provided attendees with ample opportunities for networking, relaxation, mutual communication and collaboration throughout the three-day event.

Introducing the Adult Education Team:

Back Row: Kelley Heath – Adult Education Data/High School Education Coordinator, Amy Hatch – Adult Education MaineStars Data Entry, Christy Le – Adult Education Microcredential Assistant, Tammy Ranger – Director, Workforce Development and Innovation Pathways

Front Row: Megan Dichter – Adult Education Workforce Development/ESL Coordinator, Amy Poland – Adult Education Professor Dev/ME University Transition Coordinator, Monique Roy – Adult Education Director

Although this is the first official summer institute held for adult educators in Maine, the Adult Education team at the DOE of Maine hopes to plan a summer institute each year in the future.

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