The Maine Elementary Sciences Partnership (MaineESP) is an exciting expansion project of the MainePSP. Supported for three years by a $1.7M grant from the Maine Department of Education’s Math Science Partnership Program, the MaineESP seeks to create an infrastructure to strengthen rural science education in grades PK-5.
- Bring PreK-5 teachers and faculty from teacher preparation departments at UMaine together with scientists, technologists, engineers and/or mathematics to increase the content knowledge and content-specific pedagogical skills of teachers in STEM.
- Improve teachers’ knowledge and skills in designing data-driven instructional strategies in STEM subjects, differentiating instruction to meet the needs of students with disabilities and/or English language learners, and creating school environments supportive of data informed decisions.
- Improve teachers’ knowledge and skills through the use of active networks linking educators across grade levels and STEM disciplines, utilizing professional learning communities.
- Offer high quality professional development in science to 960 elementary teachers to support the Framework for K-12 Science Education/ NGSS.
- Develop 48 Science Resource Partners to support teachers in their districts.
- Build supportive professional learning communities to help elementary teachers meet NGSS.
- Integrate science teaching and learning with literacy and mathematics.
- Review and select common, high quality instructional resources.
- Create a sustained and expanding partnership to support these goals.
Current MaineESP District Partners
Downeast Educational Partnership (DEEP)
Penobscot River Educational Partnership (PREP)
MainePSP Partner Schools
Stillwater Montessori School
To inquire about joining the MaineESP Partnership, please contact:
erika.allison [at] maine.edu
MaineESP Professional Development
- Strengthens science content knowledge
- Builds confidence to teach more science
- Deepens student thinking
- Supports active learning science classrooms
- Integrates science with ELA/math
- Strengthens enactment of Framework/NGSS
- Deepens self-reflection
In 2013-2014, MaineESP professional development will follow an adapted version of the Talk Science professional development program. The objectives for the 2013-2014 MaineESP professional development program are to:
- Deepen students’ science understanding through better science discussions
- Develop a culture of productive talk in the classroom
- Support productive science discussions
The MaineESP Model
The MaineESP leverages a “Science Resource Partner Community” approach by enhancing the traditional “Train the Trainer” model with an ongoing professional learning community. Through this model, 50 Science Resource Partners provide 20 hours of science professional development to 960 elementary teachers, educational technicians and special education teachers across the state of Maine.
Science Resource Partners (SRPs) are elementary teachers who are passionate about teaching science and want to serve as a hub for science support resources in their district. SRPs will join a professional learning community of other elementary science teachers from across the state and participate in ongoing professional development. With the support of the MaineESP, faculty from the University of Maine and the SRP community, Science Resources Partners will lead science study groups and professional development opportunities in their district or region.
MaineESP Collaboratives are open to all elementary teachers, regardless of school or district. Collaboratives are a chance for scientists and educators to get together and discuss the teaching and learning of science. Collaboratives are held regionally at central locations (Downeast, Mid-coast, and Central) and include dinner and a stipend for attendance.
2013-2014 MaineESP Collaboratives Schedule
More info about December Collaboratives: MaineESPDecCollabFlier (PDF)
December 2nd – Hancock County Technical Center, Ellsworth
December 3rd – Huchinson Center, Belfast
December 4th – Veazie Community School, 1040 School Street, Veazie
(NOTE VENUE CHANGE)
RSVP here for December Collaborative: http://bit.ly/18fCFQh
Science Resource Partners
The MaineESP is currently seeking Science Resource Partners! If you’re passionate about spreading science education throughout your school and district, consider joining our Science Resource Partner (SRP) community. In the 2013-2014 school year, SRPs will participate in 30 hours of paid professional development, and will help facilitate 20 hours of professional development with 20 other teachers in their community, district or region.
Key dates for Science Resource Partners:
- Full Day Training Session #1 – Saturday, September 14, 2013 (8:30am – 3:30pm)
- Full Day Training Session #2 – Thursday, October 24, 2013 (8:30am – 3:30pm)
- Cohort Meeting #1
- Cohort S: Saturday, October 5, 2013 (8:30am – noon)
- Cohort W: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 (4:30pm-8pm)
- Cohort Meeting #2
Cohort S: Saturday, November 9, 2013(cancelled due to holiday – all SRPs please attend Wednesday session)
- Cohort W: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
- Cohort Meeting #3
- Cohort S: Saturday, December 7, 2013
- Cohort W:Wednesday, December 11, 2013
- Cohort Meeting #4
- Cohort W: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
- Cohort S: Saturday, January 18, 2014 **Note: This is correct! Out of phase this month only.
- Cohort Meeting #5
- Cohort S: Saturday, March 8, 2014
- Cohort W: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
- Cohort Meeting #6
- Cohort S: Saturday, May 3, 2014
- Cohort W: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
If you have questions about the Maine Elementary Sciences Partnership, please contact erika.allison [at] maine.edu.