FARMINGTON — As a leader in teacher education, the University of Maine at Farmington is launching a mathematics coaching graduate program that will help educators raise the math proficiency of their students and better prepare them for higher level career and college mathematics demands.

Developed in partnership with school districts and the Maine Department of Education, UMF’s Maine Mathematics Coaching Project will prepare pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers to become math coaches in their school districts and provide them with the kind of ongoing professional development and support that they need to make an effective difference. This new program will seek to improve teaching and learning in mathematics in Maine classrooms and to increase the interest and engagement in math for both students and teachers.

Beginning this spring, school districts throughout Maine will be able to nominate teachers for enrollment in the two-year program. Once accepted, teachers will attend two, two- and three-day summer institutes and complete three graduate courses over two consecutive years, starting in June.

To ensure the new math coaching skills are effectively implemented, a designated UMF faculty member will visit the teachers’ school district to personally conduct four training sessions during each of the two program years. These visits will help support teachers transitioning to the role of elementary mathematics coach and assist educators in implementing strong mathematics teaching strategies.

For more information on the Maine Mathematics Coaching Project, visit the UMF website at:

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