Professional Development Events


This session will attempt to cover the needs of teachers who have varying degrees of skill using technology and who are in the midst of making the transition to distance learning. Starting with some foundational terminology and concepts connected to distance learning, we will progress through some of the most-used platforms for distance learning (Tier 2), and then to some of the more advanced, feature-rich platforms that can be used for distance learning (Tier 3).


We will examine the TPACK and SAMR Models through the context of teaching language. Throughout the session, participants will be reflecting on their current practice and opportunities for further integration.


This session will provide an overview of the news literacy skills that students must learn to be reliably informed, such as recognizing the difference between news and opinion, identifying misinformation, evaluating evidence, using fact-checking and digital verification tools, and discerning various types and forms of bias. Learning activities and suggestions for implementation will be shared and News Literacy Project resources will be provided.

Zoom Webinar

Sometimes we say or do things out of habit and might not even realize we have excluded people with the language or actions we take. This sessions will provide critical information and strategies for HE & PE classrooms and beyond that ensure terminology and practices in the curriculum are inclusive of all students.


  • School Counseling / School Based Clinical Support Content Area Meetings

Zoom Meeting: Counseling on Tuesdays at 10:00 and School Based Mental Health Supports Thursdays at 2:00

This year, the Social Studies Teacher Leader webinar series will kick off with three webinars where MOOSE Learning Modules will be highlighted for their connection to social studies and the teachers that created them will share their thoughts and insights into involving social studies in interdisciplinary project based learning.

  • Wednesday, 9/23 at 4pm join Bethany Meehan-Poulin (RSU 56) & Stephanie Connors (RSU 38) as they talk about their elementary level MOOSE module How One Little Moose Learned to Change Her World.


Join Amy White (MSAD 17) & Geoff Wingard (Bangor) as they talk about their high school level MOOSE modules Exercising Freedom Using the Arts and Leaders and Their Communities.


The final session in the series will be structured similarly to the previous two, with Q&A time as available.


Attendees at the meeting will have the opportunity to engage in discussion around the reading or video for a professional learning and networking opportunity. This session will be a review of he Speaking and Listening and Reading Strand updates to the Maine Learning Results. Those can be found here: 

Speaking & Listening and Reading Strand


INV 510: Fundamentals of Innovation for Educators (Foster Center-UMaine)


The goal of this Series is to provide you with experiences, information, and resources to guide you in the areas of diagnostic assessment, identifying students' mathematical needs, and developing knowledge of instructional strategies that have an impact on students' mathematical learning.

We will focus on the Early Mathematics Diagnostic Interview for grades PK-5. Time will be spent on the EMDI tool, assessment, and scoring, as well as many routines, strategies, and learning trajectories for elementary mathematics.

Dates for this Series are:
3/24, 4/14, 5/5, running from 3:30-6:30 PM each time and 5/26 from 3:30-7:00 PM.
Please plan to attend all 4 dates.

On-Line - Zoom

Join the National Archives on Tuesday, April 6th at 3:30pm ET as they talk using primary sources to discuss racial discrimination in the Jim Crow Era. Learn how your students can analyze documents from the holdings of the National Archives to assess the impact of legalized racial segregation on the lives of Black Americans from 1944 – 1960. After analyzing primary sources, students will be able to discuss how Jim Crow, a system of laws and practices set in place to maintain white supremacy, limited the freedom of African Americans. These documents from 1944 – 1960 express the words and actions of people or institutions working to either remove or reinforce race-based barriers to equality.


ESOL Virtual Office Hours are an informal opportunity to connect with Maine DOE ESOL staff and colleagues across the state, collectively problem-solve, share ideas, and support each other.

Zoom (contact for connection information)

Office hours are for anyone working with Federal Title Programs wanting to learn more about them as well as having a question and answer time with Title Specialists and other schools regarding anything related to the topic.

This on-line session is only accessible by receiving a link through your Regional Program Specialist and/or Teri Peaslee.  Contacts listed below:

Travis Doughty

Cheryl Lang

Jackie Godbout

Daniel Weeks

Jessica Caron

Teri Peaslee


For Pre-K teachers and early childhood educators in the field looking to implement the open-sourced, whole-child Pre-K For ME program in their classrooms. Administrators and Educational Technicians are encouraged to join as well.

Virtual via Zoom

Join Joe Schmidt (Acting Coordinator of Secondary Education/Social Studies Specialist) on Wednesday, June 9 at 9:00am ET as he talks about the things that educators need to think about and plan for when discussing contentious topics in the classroom. This one hour Town Hall format will start with a brief overview and presentation about a framework for your classroom and curriculum before a Q&A format will be used to discuss questions and concerns that are on the minds of participants.