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The Maine STEM Partnership

A statewide STEM education improvement community

University of Maine
5727 Estabrooke Hall
Orono, ME  04469
(207) 581-4672
risecenter@maine.edu

2018-19 Professional Development Offerings

We have an exciting line-up for the 2018-19 Year! Please contact mainestempartnership with questions. 

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Bring engaging and hands-on activities to your science classroom! The RiSE Center supports teachers in using  research-supported, community-vetted instructional resources across grade bands and content areas. The material kits are built to support instructional resources listed.  Renting a kit from the RiSE Center means you will receive a personally packed science kit specific to your classroom with textbooks, science materials, online subscription, and teacher generated supporting documents.  $15/student

Resource Training  ($450)

This community is designed to support teachers using RiSE Resources (science kits). Teachers will collaboratively walk through each resource and the support materials that go along with it. Teachers will also have the opportunity to demo lessons, go through the first kit, and begin planning for the start of the school year. All teachers have the option to continue meeting with this group during the school year. 

Dates: August 13 & 14


Grade LevelInstructional Resources support...
PK-5 ScienceFOSS Next Generation
MS Earth ScienceSEPUP Issues and Earth Science
MS Physical ScienceSEPUP Chemistry and PBIS
HS Earth ScienceEarthComm

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Teaching and Learning: Content Cohorts ($325)

This community will provide the opportunity for teachers from the same disciplines to come together in six content cohorts: PK-2 Math and Science, 3-5 Math and Science, MS Life Science, MS Earth Science, MS Physical Science, and HS Earth Science. The content cohorts are open to all teachers within each respective discipline and grade-level. Those who use RiSE resources are also encouraged to attend their respective community cohort to discuss their success and challenges with colleagues, content experts, and RiSE staff. Teachers will meet 9am-12pm on four Saturdays throughout the school year. In-person participation is strongly encouraged, but opportunities to connect digitally will be available. Participating teachers will receive a stipend of $75 per 3-hour session and a certificate of contact hours will be sent after the last meeting.

Dates: September 8, November 3, January 19, March 9

Assessment for Learning ($550)

Back by popular demand!! Our Assessment for Learning program was designed by Dr. Anita Stewart-McCafferty and Dr. Jeff Beaudry from the University of Southern Maine. Research by Chappuis, Stiggins, Chappuis and Arter identifies several high-impact strategies that when implemented, have the greatest effect size on student learning in the classroom. Together we’ll explore these strategies, apply them to our own content areas, and collaborate to implement them in our classrooms. Members of this community are known as STEM Resource Partners (SRPs), and will be required to lead study groups back in their schools or districts to share the program with fellow educators. SRPs attend five sessions and one release day, and customize their study groups’ schedule to their location. The coast to join this community is $550 plus one release day. Participating teachers will receive a stipend of $50 per 2-hour session and a certificate of contact hours will be sent after the last meeting. Locations are TBD with an option to connect digitally.

 Dates: September 26, October 24, January 23, February 27, March 20, and April 9 release day, (March 26, 27, 28 snow dates)


High School Collaborative (Free)

The RiSE Center believes in community-focused professional development with shared leadership. We like to bring educators together to share their individual expertise so that a rich collective expertise can emerge that helps everyone improve their own practice. This community is for high school teachers and will meet 2 times in the fall and 2 times in the spring. Participating teachers will receive a stipend of $50 per 2-hour session and a certificate of contact hours will be sent after the last meeting. Meetings will be held in Bangor, Falmouth, Farmington, Machias, Presque Isle, and Rockland, Maine. Please see the High School Collaborative web-page for the dates at each location (March 26, 27, 28 snow dates).

Affinity Groups ($200)

Would you like to suggest a topic for an Affinity Group?

Productive Talk

This community is for teachers who have had previous Talk Science training and are actively using it in their classrooms. There will be three evening meetings during Spring 2018, introducing tools to deepen the meaning of content concepts in discussion as well as taking the next steps beyond talking and into writing. Explore how to use reasoning and counterexamples to build meaning beyond grade level expectations. Participating teachers will receive a stipend of $75 per 3-hour session and a certificate of contact hours will be sent after the last meeting. Two Saturday meetings 9am-12pm - one fall one spring.

Dates: Oct 13, Feb 9

3D Printing

This community is for teachers that are interested in using a 3-D printer in their classrooms to support STEM lessons. There will be three evening meetings where teachers will be asked to work in common grade-level and content area teams to develop common use lessons for 3D printers to support NGSS-aligned or CCSS-aligned learning experiences for students. Teachers will then submit lessons or units to the Curriculum Modification Review Board in order to disperse materials to the greater community. Participating teachers will receive a stipend of $75 per 3-hour session and a certificate of contact hours will be sent after the last meeting. Two Saturday meetings 9am-12pm - one fall one spring.

Dates: Oct 13, Feb 9

K-5 Mathematics

Come work with other PK-5 teachers from across the state to strengthen your mathematics content knowledge, participate in inquiry activities, and discuss effective, research-based teaching strategies. Participating teachers will receive a stipend of $75 per 3-hour session and a certificate of contact hours will be sent after the last meeting. Two Saturday meetings 9am-12pm - one fall one spring.

Dates: Oct 13, Feb 9

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