Professional development courses at UMaine Hutchinson

Oct 05, 2017

Belfast — The following certificate programs are coming up this fall at University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave. For more information or to register or request an accommodation, visit or contact Diana McSorley, 338-8093 or

Using data to teach climate change

This fall the University of Maine Hutchinson Center will offer a series of three professional development workshops for teachers on teaching about climate and weather using data. Sessions are Wednesday, Oct. 11, 4 to 6 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 26; and Thursday, Nov. 16.

The Climate, Weather and Data series will be of interest to middle and high school science, math, and social science teachers who seek to engage their students in an evidence-based understanding of Earth’s climate system and improve their data literacy. The workshops are free to in-service and preservice teachers.

The sessions will use data from NOAA, the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, and other sources, combined with teaching strategies and technology to support students’ ability to explore and interpret weather and climate.

Molly Schauffler, an assistant research professor in the UMaine School of Earth and Climate Sciences, will facilitate. Co-founder of the Maine Data Literacy Project, Schauffler is a member of the Climate Change Institute and the Center of Research in STEM Education. Her work centers on improving how students learn to collect, graph and reason about data as evidence when learning science.

Mindful Leadership program

A two-day workshop focused on mindful leadership in professional and workplace settings will be offered this fall at UMaine Hutchinson Center, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays, Oct. 13 and 27.

Attendees will practice mindfulness meditation, learn competencies of mindful leadership and discuss strategies for being calmer, clearer-minded and more emotionally aware in the workplace. Participants will practice mindfulness meditation and learn to change how they think about people, themselves, and things in the workplace.

Mary Doyle, M.A., R.N., will be the facilitator. A qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher, she owns Mindfulness to Work, a private practice that provides training, coaching and leadership training throughout New England.

The cost is $395 with limited scholarships available. A light breakfast, refreshments, materials and lunch are included. A UMaine Certificate in Mindful Leadership is awarded upon completion. Contact hours and CEUs are available.

Promoting a positive community

A Relational Health certificate program, “Promoting a Positive Workplace & Community Culture,” will be offered in eight day-long sessions, Oct. 20 to May 18, at UMaine Hutchinson Center, taught by UMaine Relational Health faculty and facilitators.

Educational leaders, executive directors, administrators, elected officials, select and school board members, nonprofit leaders, human resource professionals, and those interested in developing skills to create a more positive community, are invited to register.

Participants will earn a University of Maine certificate in relational health; 3.6 CEUs/36 contact hours are also available.

Workshop topics include introduction to relational health, creating a healthy work culture and civility, transformative mediation-part one, transformative mediation-part two, restorative practices and approaches, nonviolent communication, diversity awareness and forgiveness and relational mindfulness.

Participants will become proficient in developing strategies to promote a positive workplace culture utilizing best practices, including learning how to create and maintain an efficient, productive and diverse team; having critical and crucial conversations; and working through difficult team dynamics.

Restorative practices fall institute for educators

This fall, the University of Maine Hutchinson Center will offer a series of six day-long workshops on restorative school practices for K-12 educators. Members of the Restorative Practices Collaborative of Maine will facilitate the workshops that will be held in Saco, Augusta and Belfast.

The restorative approach emphasizes the importance of creating a positive, healthy school climate based on empathy, trust and respect. Research shows that students who are connected to school, peers and teachers in a safe, welcoming environment show academic and social improvement. Restorative practices are currently used in several Maine schools, juvenile correction facilities and youth-serving organizations.

First in the series is "Understanding Restorative Practices" (Oct. 20, Klahr Center, UMaine Augusta), followed by "Engaging Young People with Special Needs in Restorative Practices" (Nov. 16, UMaine Hutchinson, Belfast).

All workshops run 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $175 per workshop, including materials, lunch and certificate of contact hours. For a complete schedule, visit



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