Alumni Spotlight: Skip Wilhoit, Ed.D.

Skip Wilhoit, Ed.D. Skip Wilhoit, Ed.D. was recently awarded a $2.7 million dollar grant to benefit his K-12 school district. Here, he gives details about the grant he won, and how he used his real-life experience to shape his educational journey. Tell us a little about yourself and what kind of work you do After I served in the Army, I spent the first part of my civilian career in education as a teacher and coach. After that, I explored other options in TV and radio broadcasting, and I eventually found my way back into education. In 2002, I started work at the school district level, in the federal Safe and Drug-Free schools program. One of the major initiatives at that time was… Read more >>
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CGPS Collaborates to Meet Challenges of COVID-19

UNE Online Logo blog In 2020, all of education (higher education as well as K-12) has been grappling with the new realities of remote learning and “pivoting” to emergency remote teaching as schools and institutions are forced to close related to COVID-19. As an entirely online graduate school with years of experience delivering online learning experiences, UNE’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) is well-prepared to handle new challenges brought on by COVID-19, in support of our impacted students and faculty. Collaboration across the college CGPS provides fully online and asynchronous instruction and strives to provide authentic experiential learning for all students. For students thinking about a new career, gaining real-world experience can be invaluable. Many CGPS academic programs offer site-based or… Read more >>
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Peggy Wallace Responds with Online Education Modifications During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Margaret "Peggy" Wallace, educator Peggy Wallace has been teaching in the online Master of Science in Education program for 10+ years. She is a seasoned veteran who has taught hundreds of students online and has had to modify her instruction in those online settings many times before. With COVID-19, educators are seeing the need to extensively modify aspects of learning experiences to accommodate their students in a new world. We spoke to Peggy about the modifications she is making in her courses that require in-person teacher/student tutoring and what she is doing to support her students during the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ve modified your online instruction to accommodate the needs of students before. How is dealing with the fallout from COVID-19 different? In the past,… Read more >>
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Program Director Spotlight: Dr. Jayne Pelletier, Education Program

Dr. Jayne Pelletier, Program Director for the Graduate Programs in Education Dr. Jayne Pelletier is the Program Director for the Graduate Programs in Education at the College of Graduate and Professional Studies here at the University of New England. In this post, Dr. Pelletier discusses her background, love of education, and imparts some words of wisdom to her faculty and students.  Can you tell me a little bit about your background? Sure! I knew early on that I wanted to be a teacher, but I was an adult with small children before I went back to school to earn my Master of Arts in Teaching. After graduation, I taught middle school science and English, then moved to teaching high school, and eventually began teaching night classes for a college in New… Read more >>
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UNE Joins Top 60 in 2020 U.S. News & World Report, Grad Education Rankings

U.S. News & World Report Grad Education Badge UNE’s commitment to providing a high-quality educational experience has resulted in a rise to the top 60 Online Programs in Graduate Education in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings. The online Graduate Education Programs at the University of New England are dedicated to advancing and developing reflective and resourceful teachers and school leaders who are competent, caring and qualified. UNE’s online graduate degrees in Education provide students with the knowledge and skills to become leaders and shape the future of education. Degrees and certificates in Education at UNE Online include: MSEd: Master of Science in Education MSEd RS: Master of Science in Education – Reading Specialist CAGS: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study CAGS AEL:… Read more >>
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Policy - An Interprofessional Approach

A series of illustrated, intertwined gears to depict how How our online, interprofessional public policy course works Have you ever wondered what people mean when they talk about policy? What is it? Who needs it? How does it work? Why should I care about it? UNE Online’s new public policy course, Policy: An Interprofessional Approach (GPH 702) is a great way to find out answers to these questions. You will work with students from other disciplines to better understand how policy impacts individuals, communities and populations and the importance of cross-sector collaboration and partnerships. What is Policy? Public policy refers to any federal, state, or local government action that influences individual or agency behavior. It can be laws, executive orders, regulations, ordinances, court rulings, appropriations, or board and committee decisions. Government decision-making impacts all of us personally… Read more >>
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Dr. Dan Mickool Selected for International Interprofessional Policy Development Work Group

Dr. Dan Mickool Dr. Dan Mickool is a graduate of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program at the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, and is currently the Director of Continuing Education, as well as a Clinical Instructor in Pharmacy Practice in the School of Pharmacy at the University of New England. Recently, Dr. Mickool was selected to serve on The Global Confederation for Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice – Policy Development Work Group. Dr. Mickool is the only pharmacist in the group, and just one of five Americans among 35 international members. The committee holds a monthly virtual meeting and is charged by the World Health Organization with the following topics in 2019: Developing an information note on IPECP (interprofessional education and… Read more >>
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Alumni Spotlight: Bonnie Blake, Ed.D.

Bonnie Blake EdD Alumna Bonnie Blake, Ed.D. is a graduate of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program at UNE Online. Here, she talks about her experience with the online Ed.D. program, and how she is putting her dissertation research to work, planning the next steps in her career.  Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, and what encouraged you to pursue your Ed.D.? I had been an educator at New York University for more than 25 years; first as an advisor, an instructor, and eventually clinical assistant professor, as well as academic director and coordinating chair for the programs in media industry studies and design. I received my Master’s in Graphic Communications Management and Technology from NYU, and it was my desire… Read more >>
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Student Spotlight, Jeffrey L. Brown, Ed.D. Program

Jeffrey Brown, Chief Information Officer, Martin's Point Healthcare, Ed.D. in Transformative Leadership candidate at UNE Online Jeffrey is currently in his third executive officer role as the Chief Information Officer for Martin’s Point Healthcare. When he felt that he’d reached a growth plateau, he took a year to research before choosing UNE’s Ed.D. to combine leadership skill acquisition, applied science, and applied research.

“The way each class builds on the next within the program, it literally all comes back to myself as a leader in my organization. I’ve experienced rapid-cycle development, seemingly on a weekly basis. Because of this program, I feel that I’ve accelerated my leadership thinking, comfort, and capability by leaps and bounds over the last two years. I can’t say enough about it. It’s been a remarkable experience.”
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Infographic: Education Faculty by the Numbers

Graduate Programs in Education Faculty Infographic Faculty for the Graduate Programs in Education at UNE Online are integral to our students’ success. These tremendous professionals teach and mentor through a scholar-practitioner model because they see our students as their future peers. Calling on their experience as public school hiring managers, our instructors connect every lesson to professional situations and cultivate the skills they know are required for success. Education faculty by the numbers We’ve created this infographic as a way to visually represent some of the amazing credentials our faculty embody. Click to download infographic Praise for our education faculty “Our scholar-practitioner model is incredibly powerful. As educators, we come to grips at some point that a lot of the theory we learn in our prep… Read more >>
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Student Spotlight: Stephanie N. Marcotte, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Stephanie Marcotte, an Ed.D. Student at UNE Online, holds multiple leadership roles Stephanie Marcotte is a student in the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program at the College of Graduate and Professional Studies here at the University of New England. She talks about her experience as an online student, how her educational leadership roles have developed throughout her time in the UNE Ed.D. program, and how her identity as a leader has changed throughout the program. What are your current leadership roles? Like many adjunct professors around the country, I work multiple jobs. While I believe in the establishment of full-time benefited teaching opportunities, I have learned a lot from wearing many hats. Currently, I am an adjunct professor of ESL within a credit-bearing community college academic ESL program, a teacher-trainer, a union… Read more >>
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Developing Teachers as Leaders

Teacher laughing as she undergoes supervision and evaluation One of the main responsibilities of being an administrator in the K-12 education setting is to evaluate the performance of faculty and staff. Understanding the importance the role supervision and evaluation plays in the development of teacher leaders is vital to the culture of the school in which the practice is being utilized. In the Graduate Programs in Education at the University of New England, students in the Transformative Leadership focus area, and specifically the Supervision and Evaluation course, are provided the opportunity to share some of the key takeaways they’ve learned from the process of evaluating their own colleagues. Findings from Student Feedback A central theme that surfaced from this student feedback is that communication is integral… Read more >>
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Educational Leadership Skills Can Make You an Agent of Change

Smiling woman sitting with colleague using educational leadership skills in the workplace There are many ways to improve yourself, your organization, or your community, but attaining a doctorate in education might be one of the most overlooked. Leadership is a valuable trait in any sector and the unique adaptability of a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) has been attracting the attention of educators, healthcare officials, public servants, and human resource professionals alike. We’ve seen transportation consultants advancing access to basic services in rural areas, principals looking to undercover alternative pathways to success for students, and a rising number of workforce developers looking to enact more effective training courses. What makes an Ed.D. attractive to a diverse group of students, and how does an Ed.D. enable students to make an impact on… Read more >>
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What Can You Do With an EdD?

Dan Mickool stepping out of the College of Pharmacy building The Doctor of Education (EdD) program at the University of New England’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies focuses on leadership development, problem-based inquiry, and organizational change. This cohort-based program prepares mid-career professionals to transform self, organization, and community through focused, flexible study. However, those considering a Doctorate in Education often ask us how this emphasis on transformation can benefit their careers. In short, “what can you do with an EdD”? A Diverse Student and Faculty Body Provides Opportunity The EdD student body is the most diverse audience served by our graduate programs in education. In addition to K-12 education professionals, students in the EdD come from clinical backgrounds in healthcare settings, community colleges, and non-profit community groups and service… Read more >>
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Alumni Spotlight: Mike Wilber, Ed.D.

Selfie of Mike Wilber, Ed.D. Dr. Mike Wilber, an Ed.D. graduate, is an Adult Basic Education Instructor at the Delaware Department of Education Adult and Prison Education Resources Division in Wilmington, Delaware, helping inmates earn their GEDs and learn job skills. He is also a GED Instructor in the Adult Education Division of James H. Groves Adult High School. Dr. Wilber’s Ed.D. dissertation was designed to examine a particular aspect of the prison population in order to look at the problem of recidivism from a different angle. It’s challenging work, but Dr. Wilber’s passion for teaching and serving others is evident through his most recent award: Region II Teacher Of the Year for 2018. We sat down with Dr. Wilber recently to talk about his… Read more >>
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Student Spotlight: Devon Gallice — CAGS AEL Program

Devon Gallice, CAGS AEL Student Devon Gallice is a student in the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Advanced Educational Leadership (CAGS AEL) program here at UNE Online. She is currently a guidance counselor at Dike-Newell School, and is working toward earning her Principal — Building Administrator Certificate (040). We spoke with her recently about her experience at UNE and what it’s like balancing career, family, and school. Can you tell me a bit about yourself, and what encouraged you to pursue your CAGS AEL? I had a very non-traditional path towards earning my CAGS in Advanced Educational Leadership. Ever since I was young I knew I wanted to work with kids in some way, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to… Read more >>
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Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program

Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program The Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program is a unique way of structuring classes where students begin on-ground in face-to-face classes to earn their Teacher Certification, and then they have the option of taking a few more classes online to earn their Master’s of Science in Education. We spoke with Dr. Lane Clarke, Associate Professor of Education at the University of New England, about the program. How is the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program structured? This Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program is a Teacher Certification plus a master’s program. Our students get the Teacher Certification courses from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), which are the courses that are required by the State of Maine to become certified as… Read more >>
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UNE Online Among Top Online Programs in Graduate Education

US News World Report Grad Education 2018 UNE Online is thrilled to share that we’ve again been named one of the top Online Programs in Graduate Education by U.S. News and World Report in their 2018 Rankings. UNE Online also received high marks in the student engagement category, ranking in the top 15% of schools for student engagement. Big shout out to all of our faculty and staff! U.S. News and World Report calculated the rankings based on the following five categories: Student engagement (35 percent): Quality online graduate education programs grant aspiring teachers and educational administrators opportunities to readily interact with their instructors and classmates. In turn, instructors are not only accessible and responsive, but they are also tasked with helping to create an experience rewarding… Read more >>
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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Lane Clarke, Education Program

Lane Clarke, Ed.D. Dr. Lane Clarke is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of New England on the Biddeford Campus. As the department chair, she teaches classes at the undergraduate level to pre-service teachers in literacy and global education. Her research interests include online teaching, technology and literacy, and working with students who struggle with literacy. She has published three books: Educating Literacy Teachers Online: Tools, Techniques, and Transformations (Clarke & Watts-Taffe, 2013), The reading turn-around: A five-part framework for differentiated instruction (Jones, Clarke & Enriquez, 2009) and High-tech teaching success: A step by step guide to using innovative technology in your classroom (Clarke & Besnoy, 2009). In addition, she has articles published in journals such as The Reading Teacher, Journal… Read more >>
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Alumni Spotlight: Rachael Flaxman, Education Program

Rachael Flaxman Rachael Flaxman is an elementary school teacher in Maine and a student in our online MSEd program. We celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week by speaking with some of our students who have dedicated their professional lives to education. Teachers make a profound impact on the lives they touch, so we want to honor some of these very special teachers who are also our students, and who are making a difference every single day in their classroom. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, and what encouraged you to pursue your Master’s in Education? I was a little bit later coming to teaching. I didn’t start teaching until I was about 30. We lived in California… Read more >>
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Alumni Spotlight: Lindsey Good, MSEd

Lindsey Good, MSEd Student This week, we are celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week by spotlighting of some of our students who have dedicated their professional lives to education. Teachers provide so much to their students and communities and have a profound impact on the lives they touch. We want to honor some of these very special teachers who are also our education program students, and who are making a difference every day in their classroom. Lindsey Good is one of these teachers and a student in our MSEd program. She knows firsthand how impactful teachers are in the lives they touch. Lindsey’s high school English teacher made learning so relevant and engaging for her that it inspired Lindsey to dedicate her to career giving back… Read more >>
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Train Managers to Train

Gain Professional Training Skills through Adult Learning Theory Increasingly, organizations are recognizing that workplace training and development are not only essential for retaining engaged and happy employees, but companies are also experiencing the positive impact that workplace training and development has on their bottom line. Employee engagement According to Forbes Magazine, employee engagement is defined as “the emotional commitment the employee has to the organization and its goals.”1 And engaged employees can have a profound impact on their business and business outcomes. In fact, engaged employees can positively affect business profitability and productivity in staggering numbers: Highly engaged business units result in 21% greater profitability (Gallup)2 Highly engaged business units realize a 41% reduction in absenteeism and a 17% increase in productivity (Gallup)3 While at the same… Read more >>
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Meet our Team: Colby Averill

Colby Averill, Enrollment Counselor Colby Averill is an enrollment counselor at UNE Online and has been with the team since 2014. Colby obtained both his Bachelor’s degree and MBA from Thomas College. While at Thomas College, Colby was a superstar baseball player and went on to coach during his time as an MBA student. Colby also served as a Student Ambassador while at Thomas College, acting as a liaison to the college for prospective students. Transitioning to an enrollment counselor at UNE Online was a natural fit for Colby as he excels at connecting with prospective students, and enjoys guiding them through the challenging decision-making process. He’s also an exemplary team player and is always willing to lend a hand. Outside of his work… Read more >>
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Student Spotlight: Kylie Bragdon, Ed.D. Program

Kylie Bragdon Ed.D. student Recently, we spoke with UNE graduate Kylie Bragdon ’11, Ed.D. ’18 who is running for the Maine State House of Representatives in District 136 this coming November. Bragdon has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from UNE and is currently working on her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) here at the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. She’s studying the effect of K-12 education on the lobster industry in Maine. Update July 23, 2019: Kylie Bragdon joined Maine Ocean School as executive director and serves as chair of the board of selectman in Winter Harbor. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, and what encouraged you to pursue your Ed.D.? I graduated from UNE in 2011 with my B.S. in… Read more >>
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