UMF hosting teacher panel on helping English Language Learners


FARMINGTON — As American society changes so do its classrooms. Today’s educators face a number of challenges, including how to most effectively work with today’s English language learners.

To help UMF students, area educators and members of the public learn practical ways to meet the needs of English Language Learners, the University of Maine at Farmington is presenting a panel discussion of area teachers titled “Working with Maine’s English Language Learners — What I Know and What I Wish I Had Known.”

This seventh annual UMF Teaching and Working in a Diverse World event will take place at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, in North Dining Hall in the UMF Olsen Student Center. It is free and open to the public.

The event brings together teachers working in Lewiston and Auburn classrooms to discuss their experiences working with ELL and share their insights and practical tips.

Among the topics they plan to explore are the changing nature of Maine’s classrooms and what kind of training best prepares educators to be successful with English language learner’s needs. The discussion will be followed by breakout sessions for participants to learn about specific grade-level strategies.

Panel members include Brenda Theriault, Head Start; Tiffany Demarest, Lewiston, Montello Elementary School; Becky Skilling, Auburn, Park Avenue Elementary School; Amy Favreau, Lewiston, Longley Elementary; Diana Carson, Auburn Middle School; Erik Anderson, Lewiston Middle School; Jill Highland, Edward Little High School; Amanda Martemucci, Edward Little High School; James Koch, Lewiston High School; and Hilary Barber, ELL director for Lewiston Schools.

This UMF Diversity event is sponsored by the Office of the Associate Provost & Dean of Education.