Hutchinson Center offers Educational Leadership graduate course beginning May 16

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Belfast, Maine — The University of Maine Hutchinson Center will offer an educational leadership graduate course, Leadership and Decision-making in Schools, beginning May 16.

Leadership and Decision-Making in Schools (EAD 562) provides an introduction to and the

application of group dynamics, group leadership and group decision-making in the many

contexts encountered by school leaders. The class will meet Wednesdays, May 16–June 2,

4:30–7:30 p.m., and on Saturdays, May 19 and June 2, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Course instructor Ian Mette graduated from the University of Missouri with a Ph.D. in PK- 12 Educational Administration in 2012. His research interests include school reform

policy, teacher supervision and evaluation, and bridging the gap between research and practice to inform and support school improvement efforts. Specifically, his work targets how educators, researchers, and policy makers can better inform one other to drive school improvement and reform policy. Currently Mette serves as assistant professor in educational leadership at the University of Maine.

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) programs in educational leadership at the University of Maine are designed for educators interested in building skills for effective school leadership and administration. The master’s degree is for those just beginning graduate study, while the C.A.S. offers opportunities beyond the master’s level, and can help develop research skills. Whether students undertake the programs as part of a cohort or design their own course of study with a faculty advisor, the students are part of a learning community in which both professors and students construct the experience together. Coursework includes simulation, reflective journals, observation and feedback in practice, and examination of group dynamics, as well as conventional university learning activities, all sequenced to build leadership skills. All coursework is aligned with Maine Department of Education competency areas for leadership certification.

To register or for more information contact Amy Smith, Academic Advisor, 338.8004,

About the University of Maine:
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant and sea grant university. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 67 countries. It currently enrolls 11,240 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers 35 doctoral programs and master's degrees in 85 fields; more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit

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