The University of Maine leads collaboration within our New England Hub.
The University of Maine is building a system of robust, rural-focused programs supporting small towns and rural schools across the state, and heads up the collaborative network of like-minded advocates and organizations throughout the larger New England region consisting of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Catharine Biddle, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at UMaine, serves as the New England hub contact.
As Maine's flagship public university, The University of Maine (UMaine) has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service, and is the state's public research university. The New England Region has long been an exemplar of school-community engagement, excellent rural educators, and place-based education. UMaine recently received Catalyst Initiative Grant funding for a Rural Teacher Corp, which will continue to enrich their support of communities across one of America’s most rural states.
UMaine has diverse pathways for supporting rural schools and communities, including:
Cultivating educational partnerships and practices that sustain healthy and equitable developmental ecologies for rural youth
An initiative to train early childhood special educators and other professionals in Maine to serve pre-school aged children with intensive communication needs
A Rural Leadership Program in partnership with the University of Maine at Presque Isle
A growing program in Outdoor Leadership
RSC’s New England Hub, which includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, offers an opportunity to deepen collaboration across the region and beyond. Biddle is working to form an advisory board with representatives from each state in order to guide the work of the Hub. To learn more about the exciting developments across New England, explore below.
Joe Hennessey - Dover-Foxcroft, ME
Leading through the transformative power of rural education.
Joe has been a teacher for 10 years, spending the majority of his tenure teaching eleventh and twelfth grades. He places a heavy value on the power of education as an asset to students’ personal growth and career development. For him, education is as transformative and liberating as it is noble. Joe shares that one of the most rewarding aspects of education is “to actually experience the awe and the wonderment of being able to communicate with ideas across generations, civilizations, and eons; and to connect with those ideas and understand how that is still personally meaningful and relevant.”Read More
More news and stories from our New England Regional Hub:
Celebrating our New England Partner: Deep Roots in Rural Education
Visits to rural classrooms highlight the power of place-based curriculum in connecting Maine students to their local communities.
Announcing the 2023-2024 Catalyst Initiative Grant Recipients!
Congratulations to our five newest Rural Teacher Corps partners.
University of Maine Partners with Rural Schools Collaborative in New England
Rural Schools Collaborative is excited to continue the legacy of good work and collaboration in the New England Hub through a new partnership with the University of Maine.
Joe Hennessey - Dover-Foxcroft, ME
Joe Hennessey’s work in Piscataquis County, Maine reveals the irreplaceable role of a passionate and visionary teacher-leader