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November 13-14, 2015
Annual RiSE Partnership Summit

Conference invitees – MainePSP teachers, MaineESP (Elementary Sciences Partnership) SRPs (Science Resource Partners), partner-school administrators, University of Maine faculty and staff, pre-service science and mathematics teachers and special guests – will experience a mix of short presentations, panel discussions, breakout groups, an “unconference” and networking opportunities.

School Administrators: If you can’t attend the whole event, consider attending the Friday afternoon sessions on Sample Instructional Strategies to Increase Student Engagement and join us for dinner and keynote speakers Dr. Brian Frank from Middle Tennessee State University and Dr. Mark St. John, founder and president of Inverness Research as they share what increased student engagement will do for students and how we can measure this in our community.

THE SUMMIT IS FREE FOR INVITED PARTICIPANTS. All meals and single-occupancy lodging will be provided (for conference participants only) at Sugarloaf Resort. Teachers will also receive stipends for non-school day hours. Substitute teacher coverage funding is also provided for Friday for all participating teachers. This Summit is made possible through grants from the National Science Foundation and Maine Department of Education Math-Science Partnership program. The Summit is hosted by the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education at the University of Maine.

Registration is currently OPEN, please sign up here
If you have any questions, please contact Leisa Preble at 207.581.4672.


RiSE Partnership Summit
Nov 13-14, 2015
“Evidence-Based Strategies for Excellence in Teaching:
Active Learning and Student Engagement”

Summit Goals
– Recognize & celebrate the success of our partnership
– Deepen understanding of research-supported best practices for active learning & student engagement
– Raise awareness of the RiSE Partnership among a broader group of stakeholders

Summit Theme
Active Learning & Student Engagement Strategies

About the RiSE Partnership
Our partnership between PK-12 educators and the University of Maine works to improve science teaching and learning through the key elements of community, professional development and high-quality instructional resources. Together we focus on persistent problems, productive classroom discourse, and the use of classroom data and research to modify resources and improve instruction.

Friday, November 13

9:30-10:00am – Arrival, Registration & Networking
10:00-11:30am – Welcome & Opening Address: What is Student Engagement/Active Learning & What is Our Role?
11:30-12:30 Networking Lunch
12:30-1:00pm – Leadership Project Presentations
1:00-3:45pm – Workshops on Active Learning/Student Engagement Strategies
3:45-4:15pm – Leadership Project Presentations
4:15-5:00pm – Cash Bar & Networking
5:00-8:00pm – Dinner & Keynote Speakers
Brian Frank, Assistant Professor, Middle Tennessee State University
Mark St. John, President & Founder, Inverness Research

Saturday, November 14
7:00-8:00am – Networking Breakfast
8:00-8:30am – Leadership Project Presentations
8:30-9:00am – Keynote Speaker: Lauren Barth Cohen, Research Assistant Professor, University of Miami
9:00-11:00am – Panel Presentations: Engaging Students with Content
11:00-11:30am – Keynote Speaker: Michelle Smith, Assistant Professor, University of Maine
11:30-12:00pm – Leadership Project Presentation
12:00-12:45pm – Networking Lunch
12:45-2:15pm – Unconference: Student Engagement & Active Learning
2:15-2:30pm – Wrap-Up

List of Speakers

Dr. Susan McKay, RiSE Center Director, Professor of Physics, Principal Investigator
Erika Allison, RiSE Center Project Director
Mark St. John, Founder & President, Inverness Research
Susan Smith, Curriculum Coordinator, RSU 63
Richard Modery, Principal, Holbrook Middle School
Jen Tyne, Lecturer, University of Maine
Anita Stewart-McCafferty, Assistant Professor, University of Southern Maine
Jeff Beaudry, Associate Professor and Educational Leadership Program Coordinator, University of Southern Maine
Jennifer Wright Gregg, Teacher, Great Salt Bay Community School
Brian Frank, Assistant Professor, Middle Tennessee State University
Lauren Barth Cohen, Research Assistant Professor, University of Miami
Michael Wittmann, Department Chair, Associate Professor of Physics
and Cooperating Associate Professor
of Education, University of Maine
Laura Millay, RiSE Center Research and Evaluation Coordinator, University of Maine
Carolina Alvardo, PostDoctoral Research Associate, University of Maine
Mitchell Bruce, Associate Professor, University of Maine
Michelle Smith, Assistant Professor, University of Maine



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