About Maine Center for Educational Services
Since 1975, The Maine Center for Educational Services has helped educators throughout the state improve the quality of learning for Maine children by providing the resources they need to master the process of growth, change and renewal.
At the Center, they help you manage change in the difficult environment of schools. Their consulting services, special projects, workshops and conferences are designed to help you create a culture within your school where collaboration thrives, new ideas take root and student achievement increases.
In demonstration of The Center's commitment to collaboration, they are proud to present a page dedicated to providing easy access to other statewide educational resources.
The Center offers a variety of high quality workshops, presentations and other professional development experiences that can be offered at the local or regional level. Listed below are some of the most popular sessions we offer, but others can be custom created according to your needs and interests.
- Learning Results Academy:
A three day workshop for teachers K-12 offering strategies for teaching to standards. Bring the Maine Learning Results into your classroom with this practical "backwards-planning" session. Participants will use a straightforward, single-page planning template to learn about Maine Learning Results, assessment alternatives and aligned instructional strategies. With two experienced classroom teachers as your coaches, you'll design a unit, project or lesson series, using existing and additional materials, that you can pilot in your classroom immediately.
- Assessment Institute:
A four day institute for K-12 teachers offering a comprehensive approach to developing classroom based performance assessments. Modeled after the work of Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins, the institute leads teachers through a series of authentic assessment design stages including: performance task development, rubric design and scoring strategies linked to benchmark standards. The design templates used during the institute enable participants to develop additional performance assessments when they return to their classroom. All work generated by participants during the institute will be directly relevant to their curriculum and will be based on current units of study. The institute provides numerous opportunities for sharing and peer review. This institute can be offered locally or regionally.
- Integrating Curriculum at the Secondary Level:
Offer your high school students an exciting, interdisciplinary thematic, team-based approach to teaching and learning through the Humanitas program. Bring a team of teachers from your high school to develop a set of units which typically consist of English, social studies and art, but may also include math and science. Units are organized around themes that are relevant and interesting to students. These themes enable students to connect the disciplines and enhance critical thinking, writing and discussion skills. The three day workshop, led by two veteran Humanitas high school teachers will guide your team through the design of at least one thematic interdisciplinary unit. This workshop will be offered this summer June 21-24th at the Sky High Conference Center in Topsham, Maine.
- Improving Staff Communication Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator:
Understanding and appreciating the diversity each person brings to a team or faculty is essential to good communication.
- Understanding Secondary School Reform:
The Center offers a variety of customized presentations or workshops for high school faculty interested in learning more about current ideas in secondary school reform and how those ideas might play out at the secondary level.
- Administrative Team Retreats:
Planning an administrative retreat? Center staff can design and facilitate a retreat that will help your team focus its energy and accomplish a great deal of work.