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.
- Overview & Summary. Rural districts band together to establish an educational vision for their region.
- Case Study: Regional Possibilities
- Video - Regional Possibilities: Collaboration in Western Maine
- Video - One Conversation at a Time: Getting the Message Out
- The Takeaway. A short conversation with WMEC's Mona Baker and Jim Hodgkin about their ongoing experience.
- Initiative Highlights (2010-11). Biggest accomplishments of the 2010-11 academic year.
- Legislative Update (2011-12). Summary of the WMEC for the benefit of the Maine State Legislature.
- Comparision of WMEC's work to Maine DOE's strategic plan (PDF, 1.16MB) | Cover letter to Commissioner Bowen
- Shining a Light on the WMEC, 2006 (PDF, 373KB). Flyer describing the benefits and history of the WMEC.
- Initiative Summary (2007-08). Plans for the following school year.
- 2009-2012+ Future Plan. Reflective work on 2009-12, plus future plans.
- Membership Manual, 2012-13 (PDF, 1.42MB). Manual for member districts of WMEC.
- One-Page Planning Document, 2009 (PDF, 339KB)
- Direction & Recalibration Event (PDF, 41KB). One-page summary of re-visioning event.
- Concept Proposal, 2013. WMEC's next steps in 2013.
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.