On Thursday, April 7, at Belfast Free Library, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Watershed School will host the second in a series of educational forums on high school education. Guest speaker Dottie Foote, director of the Community School in Camden and professor of adolescent psychology at University of Maine Hutchinson Center, will give a brief introduction to the question: “How Does Adolescent Psychology Influence High School Success?” followed by an open discussion facilitated by Watershed Director Will Galloway. All area students, parents, teachers and community members interested in joining this ongoing conversation about secondary education are welcome to participate.

Foote holds a Ph.D. in education and psychology and a MS in human development from University of Maine and currently teaches the Psychology of Adolescence at UMaine. She is a member of the board of the Restorative Justice Project, a member of Maine’s Shared Youth Vision Council, and advisor to the Commissioner of Education as a member of the Committee on Truancy, Dropout and Alternative Education. As Director of the Community School in Camden, she is a leader in the field of alternative education, and as founder of the Diversity Coalition, Foote has encouraged increased awareness of social justice issues among teens in the Midcoast.

Foote will provide a brief presentation on the topic of adolescent identity development, and then Galloway will facilitate a public discussion of the subject. This conversation will provide a continuation of the community discussion of “What Matters Most in High School Education?” which began on March 13 at Camden Public Library and will end May 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta in a final conversation about high school climate and culture with guest speaker Roland Barth.

Watershed School is a fully accredited independent high school committed to offering students a demanding academic experience within the context of a small and supportive learning community. For more information, call 594-1873 or visit watershed-school.org.