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  • 01 Nov 2018 9:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Hosted by 

    Central Maine Community College

    1250 Turner Street, Kirk Auditorium, Auburn, ME 04210

    Meet exciting speakers and network with fellow educators, scientist, business leaders, and community members from throughout the state!

    Registration closes on November 7th

    Register HERE!

    “Looking Ahead: Defining and Advocating for STEM”

    The Maine STEM Summit provides an opportunity to foster discussion, engagement, and innovation across the education, workforce, and technology sectors of Maine. Join the conversation about how to increase the capacity and access to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for all students throughout Maine. 

    To address this year's theme of Looking Ahead, the conference will focus on the following topics:

    • Equity in STEM
    • Innovative Partnerships
    • Pre-Service & In-Service for In & Out of School Learning
    • STEM Career Pathways
    • STEM Education Innovation Challenge Grant Competition

    Keynote presentation by Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, President of the University of Maine

    A detailed program and agenda can be found at www.mainestem.org 
    or click below to

    Find Out More
  • 31 Oct 2018 8:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please join us if you'd like to hear the latest about the KidWind Challenge!

    All are welcome- teachers, administrators, STEM leaders, experienced coaches, judges, industry partners, students, people with inquiring minds, engineers, after school club organizers, people who like design challenges, people who see connections between school and the real world, people who want to make a difference, people who like donuts and coffee.

    KidWind Planning Meeting:

    Wednesday November 7th 4:00-5:30pm at King Middle School in Portland


    State of Maine KidWind Challenge:

    Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Ocean gateway in Portland!

  • 31 Oct 2018 8:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Seeking Applications

    for the

    Simulations in Teacher Education (SITE) Conference

    Louisville, KY February 19-21, 2019

    We are accepting applications through November 4, 2018, to participate in the NSF-funded (#1813476) Simulations in Teacher Education (SITE) Conference, to be held in Louisville, KY, immediately prior to the AACTE conference in the same location.

    The working conference is intended to provide opportunities for attendees, who will include teacher educators, researchers, professional development facilitators, policy makers, preservice and inservice teachers, and school district leaders, to share their current research, theoretical models, conceptual views, and use cases regarding the role of simulations (digital and non-digital) in K-12 science and mathematics teacher education. The conference will be organized to promote active collaboration and synthesis across projects, and will be organized towards four major goals:

    • Goal #1: Define how simulations (digital and non-digital) are conceptualized, operationalized, and utilized in K-12 science and mathematics teacher education;

    • Goal #2: Document and determine the challenges and affordances of the varied contexts, audiences, and purposes for which simulations are used in K-12 science and mathematics teacher education and the variety of investigation methods and research questions employed to investigate the use of simulations in these settings;

    • Goal #3: Make explicit the theories of action and conceptual views undergirding the various simulation models being used in K-12 science and mathematics teacher education;

    • Goal #4: Determine implications of the current research and development work in this space and establish an agenda for documenting and studying the use of simulations in K-12 science and mathematics teacher education.

      Prospective attendees can apply here (https://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1ZdXOuBT20oVqPX) by completing a short survey describing their work and/or interest in simulations and their goals for attending the conference. If selected, attendees will be expected to submit a brief paper describing that work by mid-December, to review a set of similar papers and provide commentary by mid-January, and to attend the full conference. Partial travel support is available and will be distributed based on the total financial need across attendees. Projects are encouraged to submit paired applications with a team member where appropriate, especially where doing so would allow a graduate student, teacher collaborator, post-doctoral researcher, or junior scholar to attend.

      Feel free to contact any of the project principal investigators (PIs) with questions: Jamie Mikeska (jmikeska@ets.org), Heather Howell (hhowell@ets.org), Lisa Dieker (Lisa.Dieker@ucf.edu), or Mike Hynes (Michael.Hynes@ucf.edu).

  • 31 Oct 2018 8:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The aim of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) is to inspire schools, districts and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to strive for 21st century excellence by highlighting promising practices and resources that all can employ. To that end, the award recognizes schools, districts, and IHEs that:

     1.  Reduce environmental impact and costs;
     2.  Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
     3.  Provide effective environmental and sustainability education.
    Combined progress in ALL three of these areas, known as Pillars, serves as the basis for recognition. ED-GRS aligns with the Department's cross-cutting goals for education, including improving student, staff, and facility performance and increasing efficiency at federal, state, and local levels. It is part of a U.S. Department of Education (ED) effort to identify and communicate practices that result in improved student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and workforce preparedness.
    Encouraging resource-efficient schools, districts, and IHEs allows administrators to dedicate more resources to instruction rather than operational costs. Healthy schools and wellness practices ensure that all students learn in an environment conducive to achieving their full potential. Outdoor, environmental, and sustainability education helps all students engage in hands-on, authentic learning, hone critical thinking and collaboration skills, stay active and fit, and develop a solid foundation in many disciplines.
    Nominations are now open for the 2019 awards. Get more information by visiting https://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/applicant.html
    and by contacting Shari Templeton at shari.templeton@maine.gov<mailto:shari.templeton@maine.gov>.

  • 31 Oct 2018 8:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Monhegan SLR trip Oct 2018
    Island Institute joins state, regional advisors and community to build resiliency on Monhegan Island

    This week our sea-level rise resiliency team gathered with state and regional advisors, along with local community members of Monhegan Island, to investigate threats of saltwater intrusion into drinking water reservoirs—an increasing threat from high tide and storm surge flooding.  To learn more about how we're working to increase community resilience in the face of changing threats to our coast, visit our website.

  • 31 Oct 2018 8:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     On November 10 from 8:45 - 3:00 Maine Audubon will be presenting a Project WILD K-12 at Husson University in Bangor

    More information and to register

    Project WILD's hands-on approach to learning engages students in investigating the world around them, connecting them to conservation careers, and participating in solid STEM activities. 

    WILD workshops are designed so teachers become familiar with the activities and their multidisciplinary use in the classroom.

    Workshops:

    • include background information about Maine's wildlife and natural resources
    • provide hands-on WILD experience with activities that address every subject and skill area
    • assist participants with integration of WILD activities into their curriculum.

    The activities found in Project WILD curriculum guide are intended for use in both classroom and informal settings. 


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