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What can we learn from the innovation of Maine school districts to support remote student learning from March - June 2020?

Between May 29th, 2020 and June 26th, 2020, our research team visited every district website and social media feed in Maine to capture communication and resources provided to families regarding crisis schooling related to COVID-19 between March and June 2020. These documents consisted of dated letters from superintendents describing their response to directives from the Maine Department of Education and the state government, as well as remote learning resources, guidance department websites, COVID-19 blogs, videos and websites with health and wellness strategies, and continuity of education plans. In total, we collected 1,988 documents which we reviewed and catalogued using 56 different categories.

We know that Maine school leaders and educators learned a great deal between March and June of this year as they worked to refine their response to school closure and resume student learning amongst very challenging circumstances. In this report, we aim to harness the power of that district learning to capture and link to examples of the most interesting and innovative responses of Maine school districts to school closure. Obviously, these examples are not exhaustive — all districts in Maine showed creativity and innovation in responding to crisis schooling. In doing this, our goal is to support Maine districts in learning from one another as they face the challenge of planning for the 2020-2021 school year.


We will be offering live question and answer sessions about the report on:

  • August 5th, 12:00-1:00 pm
  • August 6th, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Click here to register for a session

Authors of the report

Catharine Biddle, Ph.D., University of Maine
Maria Frankland, Ph.D., University of Maine
Ryan Crane, University of Maine
Brooke Sulinski, University of Maine
Will O’Neil, University of Maine