WINTHROP — The Bailey Public Library will host Maine educator Flynn Ross, Ph.D., for a lecture and presentation on “Equity and Excellence in Maine Schools.”
It will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, and is part of the World in Your Library series sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council. It is also part of the ongoing Winthrop Lakes Region Forum put on by the Bailey Library and sponsored by the Winthrop Public Library Foundation.
The program is free and open to the public.
“Equity and Excellence in Maine Schools” provides a Maine-based clearinghouse of resources related to equity in K-12 schools. The mission is to promote awareness of equity issues and to provide resources and support to help ensure excellence in education for all children in Maine schools. The program is an outreach initiative of the University of Southern Maine School of Education and Human Development.
Ross’ presentation will focus on positive, inclusive school climates that can increase student achievement, reduce bullying and violence and model civil, participatory, democracy in action. She will also discuss diversifying the teacher work force and fostering global awareness in schools by building on cultural and linguistic differences found in communities.
Ross is the state coordinator of the Scholars Strategy Network, which promotes public scholarship in the media and legislature to enhance democracy. Her research is focused on high-quality teacher preparation and ensuring access for underrepresented teaching candidates. She is also involved in community action research to improve educational opportunities and attainment through the Westbrook Children’s Project.
The event will be held in the lower level King Event Room of the library at 39 Bowdoin St.