Regional Possibilities

The Western Maine Education Collaborative (WMEC) formed in 2006 in order for member districts to share resources and talent, and to overcome the challenges posed by isolation and small school size. Since January 2012, the WMEC has facilitated the transformation of its 11 districts toward customized learning. While still very much in progress, the work so far has clearly shown the benefits of a strong, flexible, regional organization in this work, as well as the importance of an embedded ethic of collaboration.


This Center for Best Practice is a collaboration between the Maine Department of Education and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, made possible by the contributions of the Maine schools that share their stories.