The Maine STEM Partnership

A statewide STEM education improvement community

Professional Learning

2019 Summer Professional Learning Offerings

We hope to see you on campus this summer during one of our exciting summer programs! Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.  

Register Here

Professor leading a class at UMaine

University Courses

(July 8-11, 15-18)

a middle school teacher displaying student work using RiSE resource kits

Resource Training

(August 12-14)

University Courses

July 9-12, 16-20; 2-credit course ($781* for in-state through the university)

*Please note that no contact hours, stipends, or lodging are offered as part of these courses. 
Register here through the University of Maine summer courses!

SMT 598 (Section 0001): Introduction to 3D printing and design for educators (Grades 6-16+) and entrepreneurs

This course is designed to support use of engineering design and 3D printers in the classroom or workplace. Topics covered include setting up and using a 3D printer, designing 3D objects using Tinkercad and other online design programs, and developing inquiry-based design lessons that can be integrated with science and mathematics content. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own prints and develop lessons and/or units to support student learning of science and mathematics content.

SMT 598 (Section 0002): Introduction to 3D printing and design for educators (Grades PK-5)

This course is designed to support use of engineering design and 3D printers in the classroom. Topics covered include setting up and using a 3D printer, designing 3D objects using Tinkercad and other online design programs, and developing inquiry-based design lessons that can be integrated with science and mathematics content. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own prints and develop lessons and/or units to support student learning of science and mathematics content.

Content Immersion (by application)

July 8-11; Stipends and Contact Hours Provided

These programs meet from 8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday through Thursday at the University of Maine in Orono.  Please bring your own lunch or plan to purchase one at the union. Limited housing is available for teachers traveling more than 70 miles. Also, new this year, we are asking for a fee for non-grant funded programs to help defray some of the program costs. Programs currently supported through grants will continue to be offered at no cost.

Secondary Mathematics: Grades 7-12 ($200 Fee)

This week long content immersion is designed for grades 7-12 teachers who are looking to enhance their content knowledge in mathematics. Join other middle/high school mathematics teachers and faculty member Todd Zoroya to take a deeper look into functions and modeling.

Elementary Science: Grades K-5  ($200 Fee)

This week long content immersion is designed for K-5 teachers who want to boost their content knowledge in the different science content areas. Teachers will be able to connect with each other along with faculty on campus to discuss physics, life and Earth science topics, what this content looks like for K-5 students, and how to help support students in learning this content. 

Mathematics Progressions with Franzi Peterson: Grades K-8 (Funded by Donation)

Back by popular demand! Come spend 4 days working with elementary mathematics RiSE faculty Franzi Peterson to discuss mathematics progressions in grades K-8. Past topics have included algebraic thinking and proportional reasoning. This year's focus will be on number and operations in base ten.

Teaching Coding with Minecraft: Grades 6-8 (Grant Funded)

Technology is more important and widespread than ever, making it essential that modern students are equipped with strong computer science skills. Technology also provides many opportunities to provide students with unique and entertaining forms of education. The Maine LearnToMod Program hopes to capitalize on these opportunities by utilizing the popular video game Minecraft to provide students with quality computer science education. This session will provide you with all the training, knowledge and tools you will need to lead your class in Minecraft-based coding lessons, with no previous coding or Minecraft experience required!

Understanding Climate using Observations with Molly Schauffler and Brady Lyon: Grades 7-12 (Grant Funded)

During the week we will make use of many observations and climate model data to explore spatial patterns in ocean temperatures and how they relate to El Nino, global scale wind patterns, and seasonal variations in storms and hurricanes. We’ll take a close look at changes in the Gulf of Maine, and trends in ocean temperatures around the world. Interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere will be emphasized, and we’ll use interactive climate models that students can learn to play with. We’ll also review strategies and an online platform (climate.tuvalabs.com) where students can visually explore weather and climate datasets.

STEM+C: Computer Science: Grades 6-8 (Grant Funded)

This meeting is for teachers participating in the STEM+C grant beginning in January 2019. This program will be specially designed to build content knowledge needed to teach the computer science content that is integrated into the new modules to be taught during the 2019-2020 school year. If you are interested in being part of this work, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Teacher-in-Residence (by application)

July 15-18; Stipends and Contact Hours Provided; Grant Funded (no cost to participants)

These programs meet from 8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday through Thursday at the University of Maine in Orono.  Please bring your own lunch or plan to purchase one at the union. Limited housing is available for teachers traveling more than 70 miles. Also, new this year, we are asking for a fee for non-grant funded programs to help defray some of the program costs. Programs currently supported through grants will continue to be offered at no cost.

Elementary Science

This year we have begun teaching our newly adopted K-5 science materials, FOSS Next Generation.  This summer group will be responsible for continuing the development of embedded student assessments for the  new K-5 units in addition to reviewing and implementing feedback from this year's piloting teachers.

Middle School Earth Science (Filled - Spots no longer available)

Gather with other Earth science teachers to evaluate and prepare units from SEPUP Issues in Earth Science 3rd ed. for piloting during the 2019-20 school year. We will review lessons and make any needed adjustments to the current SEPUP Earth embedded assessments. 

Middle School Physical Science (Filled - Spots no longer available)

Gather with other physical science teachers to review resource notes from the 2018-19 pilot of SEPUP Issues in Physical Science 3rd ed. and collaborate to make changes as needed. You do not need to have been part of the 2017-18 pilot, however preference will be given to those teachers who did participate.

Middle School Life Science

Gather with other life science teachers to review resource notes from the 2018-19 pilot of SEPUP Issues in Life Science 3rd ed. and collaborate to make changes as needed. You do not need to have been part of the 2017-18 pilot, however preference will be given to those teachers who did participate.

July 22-25; Stipends and Contact Hours Provided; Grant Funded (no cost to participants)

STEM+C: Middle School Computer Science Integration

This meeting is for teachers participating in the STEM+C grant beginning in January 2019. During these days, we will be completing development of the integrated modules to be piloted during the 2019-2020 school year. If you are interested in being part of this work, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Resource Training (register here)

August 12-15; $200 per teacher for each resources day

This program is designed for teachers new to resources and those who need a refresher alike.  The RiSE Center requires annual training for all teachers who are new to using RiSE resources or for new resources. This training, held the week of August 12, is a series of one day trainings specific to content/grade level allowing for those who teach several subjects/grades to attend a day specific to their content/grade level. During your training you will be introduced to your new science kits and have the opportunity to connect with other teachers who are experienced with using the materials. 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 through our Teaching and Learning Community.  Topics: K-5 Science (FOSS), Middle School Earth Science (SEPUP 2rd ed.), Middle School Life Science (SEPUP 3rd ed.), Middle School Physical Science (SEPUP 3rd ed.), and High School Earth Science (Earth and Space Systems Science).  Come learn how to get started with your new science materials from experienced teachers!

MONDAY AUG 12
9AM - 3PM
TUESDAY AUG 13
9AM - 3PM
WEDNESDAY AUG 14
9AM - 3PM
THURSDAY AUG 15
9AM - 3PM
First Grade - FOSSSecond Grade - FOSSThird Grade - FOSSFourth Grade - FOSS
Fifth Grade - FOSSKindergarten - FOSSMiddle School - SEPUP Issues and Life Science 3rd ed.Middle School - SEPUP Issues and Physical Science 3rd ed.
9th Grade Earth Science - EarthCommMiddle School - SEPUP Issues and Earth Science 2nd ed.
Copyright University of Maine, 2017

All rights reserved, please contact the RiSE Center at risecenter@maine.edu for permission.

Top
Template by JoomlaShine