UMaine, UMM included in BDN article on grants for consolidation models

Education initiatives involving the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias were mentioned in the Bangor Daily News article, “Maine awards $4.6M in latest push to spur schools to collaborate.” Maine is handing out 11 more grants aimed at encouraging new, creative models of school consolidation, according to the article. The Maine Department of Education recently announced the latest round of EMBRACE regionalization grant recipients. In Washington County, 11 groups are partnering to re-establish a group called the Washington County Consortium with the mission of creating sustainable professional development opportunities in the area. The effort involves schools across the region, headed by Calais, and also includes Maine Indian Education, UMM and a Washington County leadership team, the article states. In another project, Unity-based RSU 3 will collaborate with Brewer Community School, Indian Island School, RSU 20, Wiscasset Elementary School and UMaine to create a regional professional development program for teachers in a push to improve academic achievement and social growth among students, the BDN reported.