Thursday, 11 January 2018 15:58

Teachers are getting educated at annual conference Featured

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ORONO - Teachers are always looking for ways to grow and connect with their students.

Today they were the ones being educated.


 President of New England education opportunity association Jane Kimball Foley "Some of our programs are college access programs like talent search, eoc, upward bound, and gear up. Others are college success programs."


The Maine educational opportunities association is holding it's annual conference in Orono. One focus is the "Trio Program" which helps low-income students enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America s economic and social life. It's been around for more than 50 years and it's now in 22 locations in the state of Maine.


"We would like to be able to expand our services to even more people" said Foley.


Dori Fellman President of Maine education opportunity association said "These programs has helped students so much. I myself am a trio alumni and I wouldn't be in the position I'm in now if it hadn't been for trio."


The conference is a chance for educators to get together and find ways to best connect with the students. That includes learning about how to support LGBT students.


Eric Pratt an academic counselor said "Something that we're seeing more of while there's always been people identifying as LGBT it's something that people are feeling more comfortable and conversation is being opened up more."


Educators are big fans of the conference.


Michelle Richards college access advisor said "I'm very excited to see these new movers and shakers that are bringing these important issues to life."


She says the more information they can spread the more support they could bring to the community.


"Our main goal is to be as inclusive as possible for any student regardless of their background" said Pratt.


Educators say the feedback from students has been overwhelming.


Elsye Pratt-Ronco said "The outcome is that they just feel like it's for them specifically and so their very appreciative."


Shonna Narine

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