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K-12 Initiatives - Collaboratives and Cohorts 2014-15

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MainePSP Collaboratives are regional meetings where teachers, university faculty, and researchers can come together to talk about the teaching and learning of physical and earth sciences. Since the fall of 2010, collaboratives have occurred on a monthly basis in Central Maine (Orono/Old Town), Downeast Maine (Ellsworth) and Midcoast Maine (Searsport/Belfast). Many of the teachers who attend Collaboratives are implementing MainePSP programs in their grade 6-9 classrooms, but life science teachers and math teachers from all grades are also encouraged to attend, as are elementary school teachers.

A typical Collaborative includes the following:

  • social time with colleagues across the disciplines and grades, typically accompanied by a meal
  • professional development focused on science content and scientific practices
  • discussion of teaching and learning in different disciplines, at different ages
  • information about the MainePSP, such as updates on upcoming events, research, and university initiatives

Cohorts provide a venue where MainePSP teachers, faculty, graduate students and staff can work together to support implementation and research, both within the grade-level communities (SEPUP/Grade 6-7, PBIS/Grade 7-8 and EarthComm/Grade 9) and across grade-levels and subject areas.

Schedule for 2014-2015 – Save the dates and check back for location and times. (October and April Dates updated on August 28.)

Date Event Location
Tuesday, 9/9/2014 Cohort Meeting – 5-8 p.m. University of Maine Campus
Tuesday, 10/14/2014 Cohort Meeting – 5-8 p.m. University of Maine Campus
Friday 11/14 – Saturday 11/15 2014 PSP Summit – all day both days Point Lookout, Northport
Tuesday, 12/9/2014 Collaborative TBA
Saturday, 1/24/2015 Cohort Meeting  9-noon
and Conference 1-5 p.m.
University of Maine Campus
Tuesday, 2/10/2015 Collaborative TBA
Tuesday, 3/17/2015 Cohort Meeting – 5-8 p.m. University of Maine Campus
Saturday, 4/11/2015 Cohort Meeting  9-noon
and Student Summit 1-5
University of Maine Campus
Tuesday, 5/14/2015 Collaborative TBA

If you would like a calendar view of the dates listed below, click here.


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