Archive for February, 2013

Culinary Instructor position in New Gloucester

Monday, February 11th, 2013

We’re seeking a part-time culinary instructor for our beautiful Opportunity Farm campus.  Check out the details below…

Culinary Instructor

Wayfinder Schools seek a part-time Culinary Instructor for their Opportunity Farm campus in New Gloucester. This position requires the ability to work effectively and compassionately with teenagers, inspire personal growth, collaborate with a dedicated team of alternative educators, become an active member of a caring community of learners; manage a weekly food budget, plan and prepare meals with students, facilitate the acquisition of real life skills; integrate local and seasonal sources of nutrition into our culinary curriculum; embrace the principles of restorative justice, teach through a social justice lens and manage other duties as assigned. Two years post-graduation and/or culinary arts experience preferred. Send resume, cover letter and three references to jhufnagel@wayfinderschools.org by Feb. 26. No phone calls please.


Save the date: Dancing with Local Stars, April 26 at the Strom!

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013


Remarks to the 2012 Annual Meeting

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Below are excerpted remarks to our Fall 2012 Annual Meeting by Head of School Dr. Dorothy Foote.

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Thank you.

I am thrilled to be here with all of you today.

Just over a year ago, we gathered at this campus to announce the merger of Wayfinder Schools.

It was an exciting time, but also a time of unanswered questions. An incredible amount of work- by many of you in this room- had gone into bringing these two organizations together- the questions-would we able to serve more kids?  Reach more families?  Strengthen our communities?  Help our students succeed?  Ensure more students in Maine were graduating with their high school diplomas?

Now, here we are, 16 months later.

The first graduating class of the merged Wayfinder Schools has made it through.

Many of them are now attending college.  Most all of them are employed in communities throughout Maine.  100% of them reported that their experience at our school left them feeling more confident, more connected to their communities, and more prepared to enter the workforce.

The number of applicants we had for the current year far exceeds the number of applicants for any previous year.  New students are applying all the time.

Our use of Restorative Justice Practices and our focus on strengths-based education, social justice and positive youth development is keeping kids in school, engaged in their work and better prepared for the future.

Our work matches current research in education that states that the goal of a learning environment, a school culture, is to be challenging, engaging, supportive, relevant, and experiential. Learning must have meaning  – and be useful to adolescents in the world.

Adolescents who do not finish school face significant challenges throughout their lives. Relationships, jobs, homelife, community engagement. A very high percentage are incarcerated.

I was at a leadership breakfast Wednesday with the Department of Corrections at which the main reason cited for kids being in detention centers is “expulsion” from school.  What we know is that the culture of detention, suspension, expulsion is not working.

Our dropout rate in Maine is 30% – that is approximately 2300 kids per year in Maine.

I’ll often say – there is no high school after high school.

The work we are doing – going out into communities and putting kids back in school-is the best work we can be doing in Maine today. This is urgent work.

In the past year, we have been recognized by The Maine Commissioner of Education, by The Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation, by the Maine Women’s Fund, The Newman’s Own Foundation and others.  We have been featured in Maine Magazine, the Portland Press Herald, The Bangor Daily News, and on several television and radio shows including Good Day Maine and Maine Things Considered.

We have a strong story to tell.  A story of success, of innovation, of using cutting edge research and best practices to help Maine kids succeed and become capable, contributing members of their communities.

I am excited for the next stage of this journey and I thank you for being here today.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Head of School Dorothy Foote speaks to Maine Women’s Network tonight

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

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Wayfinder Schools head to address Maine Women’s Network

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Dr. Dottie Foote, head of Wayfinder Schools in Camden, will address the Maine Women’s Network at its February meeting.

Rockport — On Wednesday, Feb. 6, The Maine Women’s Network will host guest Dr. Dorothy Foote.

Foote will talk about her work as a banker, founder of the Diversity Coalition, nonprofit leader and educator. She will address issues of social justice, listening and learning from the margins and the unique role of women as social scientists.

Foote has served as executive director and head of Wayfinder Schools since fall 2008, and also led the successful merger with Opportunity Farm. She holds a doctorate in adolescent psychology and a master’s degree in human development from the University of Maine. After many years as a banker, Foote began her work in social justice, specifically with issues surrounding HIV/AIDS in rural Maine. Her work with adolescents for more than 10 years prior to coming to Wayfinder Schools was in the development of a cutting-edge social justice program for teens aged 14-19 called the Diversity Coalition.

Foote currently teaches in the Psychology Department at the University of Maine and also serves on Maine’s Shared Youth Vision Council, the board of directors of The Restorative Justice Project of The Midcoast and acts as an adviser to the commissioner of education as a member of the Committee on Truancy, Dropout and Alternative Education. She is an avid skier and runner and is the mother to three amazing young people, Andrea, Morgan and William.

Midcoast member Cathy Ansart of Paper Path Imaging, a BEK, Inc. Company sponsors this meeting.

Meetings take place at The Haven on Route 90 in Rockport from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. This year’s theme is, “Networking: Reaching Out” with a full season of speakers and activities focused on making personal, professional, and community connections.

The cost, which includes full buffet and dessert, time for networking and the activities, is $22 for members and $30 for guests of members and/or non-members. Guests and non-members are always welcome. Online pre-registration for members, guests and non-members is required by Friday, Feb. 1. Register online at mainewomensnetwork.com by clicking on the Event Registration link. Visit mainewomensnetwork.com for more information.


Check out our most recent Passages Press!

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Click on the link below for the February 2013 Passages Press!

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=70560848e3&view=att&th=13ca742ffd654340&attid=0.1&disp=safe&realattid=f_hcs690q60&zw


New Passages Office opens at UMaine Machias!

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Passages Opens Office at UM Machias

 

Martha Kempe, the director of the Passages program at Wayfinder Schools is very pleased to announce the opening of the new Passages office on the campus of the University of Maine at Machias.  Passages, a home-based high school diploma program for teen parents, had been operating in Washington County from the Cobscook Community Learning Center since 2008. The Washington County program has now officially come under the umbrella of Wayfinder Schools, which originated Passages in 1994 to reach students who could not be accommodated by its residential program.

Cora Townsend joined the Passages team as a teacher in 2009 and is delighted to continue working with the new administration. She received her BS in Education from the University of Maine at Machias in 1996, so the new office is a kind of homecoming for her. Cora has owned her own restaurant, been Director of Daycare at the Regional Medical Center in Lubec and worked with young adults and their children for many years. Fern Hilyard, who is new to Passages, has a passion for education and especially enjoys the challenge of helping students discover what motivates them. She’s worked with people of all ages and abilities in a variety of settings. During the last 15 years she has pursued teaching special and gifted students, art, writing, and recently spent a summer volunteering in London working with mentally ill adults in a therapeutic horticulture facility.

Passages is open and free to all young parents, both male and female, who are between the ages of fourteen and twenty. Students design their own learning plans, meet at home once a week with their teachers, communicate online and by phone between visits, and get together with other students for group activities and community service. The students study a combination of academic, parenting and life skills. Through it all, they discover their strengths, connect with their families, practice personal responsibility, and contribute to their communities.

To apply to the program, call 236-3000 for more information.


Our new Washington County Passages Office at UMaine Machias!

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Passages Teacher and Coordinator Cora Townsend and Teacher Fern Hilyard at at our new Washington County office on The UMaine Machias campus

Passages Opens Office at UM Machias

 

Martha Kempe, the director of the Passages program at Wayfinder Schools is very pleased to announce the opening of the new Passages office on the campus of the University of Maine at Machias.  Passages, a home-based high school diploma program for teen parents, had been operating in Washington County from the Cobscook Community Learning Center since 2008. The Washington County program has now officially come under the umbrella of Wayfinder Schools, which originated Passages in 1994 to reach students who could not be accommodated by its residential program.

Cora Townsend joined the Passages team as a teacher in 2009 and is delighted to continue working with the new administration. She received her BS in Education from the University of Maine at Machias in 1996, so the new office is a kind of homecoming for her. Cora has owned her own restaurant, been Director of Daycare at the Regional Medical Center in Lubec and worked with young adults and their children for many years. Fern Hilyard, who is new to Passages, has a passion for education and especially enjoys the challenge of helping students discover what motivates them. She’s worked with people of all ages and abilities in a variety of settings. During the last 15 years she has pursued teaching special and gifted students, art, writing, and recently spent a summer volunteering in London working with mentally ill adults in a therapeutic horticulture facility.

Passages is open and free to all young parents, both male and female, who are between the ages of fourteen and twenty. Students design their own learning plans, meet at home once a week with their teachers, communicate online and by phone between visits, and get together with other students for group activities and community service. The students study a combination of academic, parenting and life skills. Through it all, they discover their strengths, connect with their families, practice personal responsibility, and contribute to their communities.

To apply to the program, call 236-3000 for more information.