All posts by Kathreen Harrison

Kathreen Harrison

About Kathreen Harrison

Kathreen Harrison is a public school teacher in Maine. She has a master’s degree from Bank Street College of Education and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College. She has worked in a variety of schools in New York and Maine in a number of capacities – French teacher, gifted and talented teacher, elementary school teacher, and curriculum coordinator for island schools. She has lived in Maine for 20 years and has a particular interest in school reform.

Want to improve schools? Improve teaching conditions and you will!

Most good teachers will tell you it takes many years to become a successful teacher. Attending to the social, emotional, artistic, physical, and academic needs of several dozen children all in one room at the same time is no walk in the park. Gradually, when properly supported, beginning teachers learn their craft. Common agreement is that it takes […]

Maine’s teacher shortage could be fixed

The school year is drawing to a close, and teachers everywhere in the US are looking forward to a break from classrooms. In the face of mounting pressures, many are also weighing the advantages and disadvantages of remaining in the profession long-term. We face a growing teacher shortage in Maine and in the nation as a whole. […]

Schools get a lot of bang for the buck with robust language programs

As school boards and administrators look for the most effective use of available funds this budget season, they should take note of the newly released Statistical Portrait from the anticipated American Academy of Arts and Sciences report State of Languages in the US. The report, a response to a bipartisan request from Congress, highlights the importance of language […]

Do you wonder how to help the New Mainers? Attend the 2016 global awareness and responsibility conference

As the world grapples with a refugee crisis of monumental proportions, Ladder to the Moon Network, a community based organization in Portland, Maine has organized the 2016 fourth annual Global Awareness and Responsibility Conference. The event will be held on December 9th, 2016 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and December 10, 2016 between 9:30 […]

Language education in Maine should not follow a zip code

Language teachers in the USA have special skills that will be especially important to the health of our nation in the new, rapidly approaching political era. These skills include the ability to teach English-speakers to converse with recent immigrants – and vice versa; the ability to share the experiences of those whose lives differ from […]

Vote to help Maine’s students compete on the world stage

Maine should move decisively to join the nationwide movement prioritizing global education and the study of world languages in K-12 schools. These are key curricular areas that will prepare our young people – and our state –  to participate successfully in the economy of the future. Twenty-two states now offer a Seal of Biliteracy to […]

Will increased funding actually improve school performance?

Through the Stand Up for Schools ballot initiative, Maine has a chance on Election Day to help our less affluent school districts provide a quality education to their students. As the Picus Report, funded by our Legislature in 2013 to the tune of $450,000 found, Maine needs to “…increase funding for public schools by $260 […]

Major shortage of world language teachers hits Maine and the nation

Decades of neglect at the public school and college levels have now reaped the inevitable disastrous results: nationwide we have a major shortage of world language teachers, and advertised positions all over the country are going unfilled. This means that students who want to study languages, either out of intrinsic interest – or because they […]