Deering High School, UNE partner for international studies

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PORTLAND — As a part of its international focus, Deering High School has partnered with the University of New England to offer students a more international education.

By being the first school in New England to join the International Studies Schools Network (ISSN), Deering has added a more global focus to its curriculum. Through this program students will be able to attend lectures by international experts and get information from UNE students who have traveled abroad.

The program also allows teachers the opportunity to work with UNE professors on topics such as the importance of developing a global outlook.

“We are very fortunate to have a college program focusing on international affairs located just a short walk away,” Ira Waltz, Deering principal, said.

Dr. Anouar Majid, associate provost for global initiatives and founding director of the Center for Global Humanities at UNE, said that a partnership between Deering and UNE is long overdue, since the schools have shared Stevens Avenue for more than a century.

“UNE is committed to supporting all creative educational and cultural endeavors in or communities,” he said.

Through the partnership, Deering students may have opportunities to attend UNE classes for college credit and participate in the school’s international travel programs.

By joining the ISSN, Deering has joined a network of 34 schools across the country with a heightened global awareness.

Students won’t notice a major change in their curriculum, because the school will continue to offer a full array of courses with an international focus. But the focus will be woven into all subject areas starting in the fall.

Students will investigate the world through interdisciplinary projects, develop proficiency in a second language and take action in their community.

Amber Cronin can be reached at or 781-3661 ext. 125. Follow her on Twitter @croninamber.