UMaine Hutchinson Center to offer graduate literacy course this summer

Community Author: Nancy Bergerson
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BELFAST — The University of Maine Hutchinson Center will offer a graduate literacy course this summer beginning June 24. Literacy in the Home, School and Community (ERL 590) will run from 1-3:45 p.m Mondays and Wednesdays. June 24–July 24, 1 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

By using socio-cultural and ecological perspectives, participants in this course will examine the role that families and communities play in their children’s development as well as home-school connections that promote literacy. Through readings, discussion and guest lectures, this course is designed to challenge conventional views of parent involvement and home-school relationships.

Participants will: become familiar with differences among families and their literacy values; develop appreciation for varied forms of literacy use; write a parent story to more deeply investigate the literacy of a family; investigate a family’s Fund of Knowledge; become familiar with successful methods of school-home relationship building; become familiar with some examples of community-based initiatives for supporting literacy.

Course instructor Susan Bennett-Armistead draws on 20 years as a preschool teacher, parent educator and program administrator, as well as a Ph.D. with an emphasis in early literacy. She speaks nationally to parent groups and educators on the role families can play in children’s literacy learning. Bennett-Armistead held the Correll Professorship in Early Literacy at UMaine for five years.

To register or to request reasonable accommodations, contact Nancy Bergerson, Coordinator of Student Success at 207-338-8049 or For more information, contact Susan Bennett-Armistead at 207-581-2418 or

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