UMaine Educational Leadership Program To Form Washington County Regional Group

The University of Maine Educational Leadership program is seeking Washington County superintendents, principals and teacher leaders for a regional group that will be part of a new master’s degree cohort starting in fall 2016.

An informational open house for interested applicants will be held April 8 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Cobscook Community Learning Center.

The Washington County Leadership cohort is designed for working professionals to foster ownership and invention in leadership learning. Educators selected to be part of the regional group will meet once a month on a weekday evening at a location in Washington County, as well as once a month on a weekday evening online. Additionally, classes will meet one Saturday a month.

Students are typically full-time employed educators. Coursework includes simulation, reflective journals, observation and feedback in practice and examination of group dynamics, in addition to conventional university learning activities, all sequenced developmentally to build leadership competence, including administration, curriculum coordination and teacher leadership.

Building on outreach efforts already underway in Washington County, this regional cohort will develop aspiring leaders to address educational issues related to poverty experienced in both public and tribal schools in the region.

University of Maine Educational Leadership faculty members Richard Ackerman, Catharine Biddle and Ian Mette are already working in Washington County through the Transforming Rural Experiences in Education (TREE) outreach program as part of the Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott. The TREE project is a grant supported pilot project aimed at informing school transformation based on poverty and trauma informed research.

Educational leaders interested in the Master of Education or Certificate of Advanced Study cohort programs should apply online through the University of Maine Graduate School. Applicants should know their status within a month of completing the application process.


For additional information about the program or the open house, contact Jo-Ellen Carr, 207.581.2455;