A statewide STEM education improvement community

Professional Learning

2019-20 Professional Learning Communities

Teaching and Learning: Content Cohorts ($325)

Who: K-9 teachers using RiSE Center resources

Description: This community provides on-going support for teachers using Middle School Earth, life, physical, and High School Earth classroom materials. Collaborate with other teachers using the same resources to run through lessons, create common assessments, and much more! Participating teachers will receive a stipend of $25/hr and a certificate of 12 contact hours will be sent after the last meeting.

Where: In-person participation at the RiSE Center is strongly encouraged, but opportunities to connect digitally will be available.

Meeting Dates: TBD

Computer Science Integration into the Science Classroom (Free, by application)

Who: Grade 6-8 teachers participating in the STEM+C grant

Description: This community is associated with the STEM+C research study funded by NSF for $1.25 million to study the integration of computer science into middle school science classrooms. This collaborative is available to middle school science teachers who are using RiSE Resources. During this year, we will be piloting a new integrated module at each grade level and using these meetings to reflect on the piloting process. There will be two fall meetings and two spring meetings, in addition to an opportunity to attend the fall summit.  If you are interested in participating in this community, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Meeting dates:TBD

High School Collaborative (Free)

Who: High School STEM teachers

Description: 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.  Participating teachers will receive a stipend of $25/hr and a  certificate of contact hours will be sent after the last meeting. 

Where: Meetings will be held in Bangor, Falmouth, Farmington, Machias, Presque Isle, Oxford Hills, and Rockland, Maine. Please see the High School Collaborative web-page for the dates at each location (snow dates TBD).

Meeting Dates: TBD

Affinity Groups ($200 each)

These groups include teachers of similar grade levels and/or content areas that come together to work on a project or discuss an important issue in education. These meetings can include, but are not limited to, creating meaningful lessons for your classrooms, building assessments for your students, gathering data to help guide the lessons, reviewing available data, and piloting/disseminating the projects you have created.

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

Integrating mathematics and science topics at the high school level

A community recommended topic! Join other high school teachers to explore the world of mathematics and science integration. Participating teachers will receive a stipend of $25/hour and a certificate of contact hours will be sent after the last meeting.

Three evening meetings; Opportunities to connect via Zoom available

Dates: TBD

Engineering and Technology and CTE

This is a space for educators focused on engineering, technology, and integration at the K-12 level to come together and share strategies and resources. Participating teachers will receive a stipend of $25/hour and a certificate of contact hours will be sent after the last meeting.

Three evening meetings; Opportunities to connect via Zoom available

Dates: TBD

K-8 Mathematics

Come work with other PK-8 teachers from across the state to strengthen your mathematics content knowledge, participate in inquiry activities, and discuss effective, research-based teaching strategies. RiSE Center faculty member Franzi Peterson will join us for these meetings. Participating teachers will receive a stipend of $25/hour and a certificate of contact hours will be sent after the last meeting.

Three evening meetings; Opportunities to connect via Zoom available

Dates: TBD

Strategies to close the socioeconomic and gender gaps

It has become very clear that socioeconomic status has a significant impact on students' abilities to succeed in the STEM classroom. This group is for those who want to learn more about this issue, look at data on the impacts of socioeconomic status on student learning, and identify strategies to support these students. Participating teachers will receive a stipend of $25/hour and a certificate of contact hours will be sent after the last meeting.

Three evening meetings; Opportunities to connect via Zoom available

Dates: TBD

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