UMaine Hutchinson Center Offers Professional Development Opportunity to Midcoast Educators

Belfast, ME – This fall, the University of Maine Hutchinson Center offered three sessions for local middle and high school teachers to explore data literacy in collaboration with the Maine Data Literacy Project.


As part of its outreach mission, the UM FHC has been providing professional development opportunities to local middle and high school teachers in collaboration with the Maine Data Literacy Project.  The Hutchinson Center plans to offer this program again starting in early 2017.


The ability to turn data into useful information is a key skill in science and is critical to conducting smart business and informing policy. The group explored strategies for building students’ skills in graphing and interpreting data about Maine’s environment and communities, with goals of making science, math, and social sciences more relevant to students and building their evidence-based learning skills.


Dr. Molly Schauffler, a University of Maine Assistant Research Professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, the Center for Research in STEM Education, and a leader in the Maine Data Literacy Project, facilitated these professional development sessions to teachers through the midcoast area.


The Maine Data Literacy Project is an informal partnership between scientists and educators at the University of Maine, the Schoodic Institute, and middle and high school science and math teachers in Maine who are committed to building data literacy among Maine students.


For more information or to pre-register for upcoming workshops contact Molly Schauffler at 207.338.8038,



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