The Hutchinson Center will hold an information session about a new cohort being formed for the University of Maine’s fall 2018 graduate early literacy program. The session will be Thursday, March 22, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; snow date is March 29.

Susan Bennett-Armistead, UMaine associate professor of literacy, will provide information and answer questions. Bennett-Armistead served for five years as the university’s Correll Professorship of Early Literacy.

The 33-credit M.Ed. in Literacy Education program offers a variety of options for teachers seeking additional expertise. The cohort is designed to further elementary and secondary teachers’ knowledge of literacy theories, practices and research.

Applicants must hold certification in either elementary or secondary education, and have two years of successful teaching experience. Students will complete the program requirements in a core of 15 hours in literacy. Courses are offered online and live one evening a week at the Hutchinson Center.

UMaine’s literacy education graduate program provides students with the opportunity to explore vital issues of literacy research and instruction with nationally recognized faculty who have:

• published over 30 books, in addition to numerous scholarly articles,

• been recognized with two UMaine faculty excellence awards,

• established a national site for Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Training,

• developed and implemented the Maine Literacy Partnership,

• founded the Maine Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project and programs such as Young Authors’ Camps, effective practices and writing retreats,

• received two Spencer Foundation grants, and

• collaboratively secured a $4.7 million federal Reading Excellence Act grant, providing training and development.

For more information, contact Amy Smith, 338-8004 or amy.m.smith@maine.edu.