Interdisciplinary Instruction

Children in sunset; Why Interdisciplinary Instruction? How to think is more important than what to think. Student Engagement with Interdisciplinary Instruction, The Whole Student Framework is rooted in the understanding that children learn best when they are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged – the five tenets of whole student education. The Maine Department of Education has added a sixth, which we believe to be a critical element of a successful PK-12 education system; prepared. For the past few years, Maine DOE has been gently transitioning away from siloed content areas and granular learning targets toward meaningful learning through project-based, integrated, and real-world learning. Interdisciplinary instruction is the braiding of knowledge and methods from multiple content areas which utilizes a combination of approaches to examine an authentic/real-world theme, issue, question, or topic. Braiding retains the integrity of each content area while enhancing the strength of learning.


The Maine Department of Education is committed to preparing our students to be successful in all of their future endeavors. We have seen our world and our work evolve and change significantly recently.

How do we prepare for what is known, unknown, and imagined?