Twenty three schools from five Maine districts have signed onto the Schools for Excellence initiative. All teachers and administrators at those schools will participate in the related professional development opportunities.
In order to participate in Schools for Excellence, schools had to have student populations of which 50 percent or more were eligible for free and reduced-price lunches.
Some participating districts are making Schools for Excellence professional development available to all district teachers, even if they teach at district schools that aren't participating in the initiative.
Farwell Elementary School, Pre-K-6
Geiger Elementary School, Pre-K-6
Lewiston Middle School, 7-8
Longley Elementary School, Pre-K-6
Martel Elementary School
McMahon Elementary School, Pre-K-6
Montello Elementary School, Pre-K-6
Maine School Administrative District 24
Van Buren Elementary School, Pre-K-8
Van Buren High School
Regional School Unit 12
Chelsea Elementary School
Windsor Elementary School
Whitefield Elementary School, K-8
Wiscasset Primary School, K-4
Wiscasset Middle School, 5-8
Wiscasset High School
Regional School Unit 55
Baldwin Consolidated School, K-4
Cornish Elementary School, K-4
Sacopee Valley Middle School, Hiram, 5-8
South Hiram Elementary School, K-4
Regional School Unit 74
Carrabec Community School, North Anson, K-8
Garret Schenck School, Anson, Pre-K-4
Solon Elementary School, Pre-K-5
Carrabec High School
Teachers, administrators, school board members, parents and students all have a hand in overseeing the Schools for Excellence initiative at both the local and state levels.
- District Steering Committees: Each of the five participating school districts has assembled a local body comprising teachers, administrators, school board members, parents, teachers' association representatives, community members and others to oversee local implementation of the Schools for Excellence project.
- Executive Advisory Committee: A state-level advisory committee comprises representatives from professional associations representing Maine teachers, principals, school board members, superintendents and special education directors along with representation from the Department of Education. Committee members offer input to the Schools for Excellence project director and professional development coordinator and district steering committees.
- Statewide Practitioners' Group: A group of representatives from all participating districts meets regularly to share updates on progress in implementing different aspects of the Schools for Excellence initiative, work through challenges and participate in common training experiences.