What is ELE?

The Education Leaders Experience (ELE) program offers educators a unique professional development opportunity to engage with community, business, and policy leaders from across Maine. Participants learn about Maine's workforce challenges and opportunities, the economy and the critical role that education plays in sustaining economic growth. Past participants have formed unique partnerships with Maine businesses that have provided exciting learning opportunities for their students. Educators have also used the experience to launch entrepreneurial educational initiatives and services. All participants widen their networks of colleagues to draw upon after their program is complete.

ELE is a program developed and funded by Unum. Educate Maine administers the program in partnership with the Maine Principals’ Association and University of New England Online. The yearlong program consists of an opening and closing retreat; visits to Maine businesses, institutions of higher learning and the State Legislature; and a project. Participants are eligible for contact hours and graduate credits.


We seek working educators, serving in leadership positions within their organizations, who want to join 25 of their colleagues from across Maine on a yearlong experiential journey to learn about the Maine economy. Interested applicants should be excited about forging strong relationships with business and community leaders and learning innovative ways to lead within their organizations to improve the lives of their students.

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Classes are capped at around 25 educators. Tuition for ELE is $1,250*. This covers both retreats, expenses associated with activities during the day of sessions, and any materials. Participants cover the cost of their travel. The program begins at the end of July and finishes at the end of June. We are able to keep tuition costs low due to the generous financial support of our partner Unum.

Applications for the Lambda Class are now closed. If you are interested in applying for a future ELE Class please contact us at

2022-2023 ELE Application 

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Lambda Class Calendar (2022-2023)

Opening Retreat: July 31-August 2 (Sugarloaf)
Session 1: October 7
Session 2: November 4

Session 3: January 13
Session 4: February 10 - Mock Legislature/Policy Day
Session 5: April 14
Session 6: May 12
Closing Retreat: June 25-27 Moosehead Lake Region

For more information or answers to questions please email or call (207) 347-8638.

*If your school has more than 50% of free and reduced lunch numbers, you may be eligible for a partial scholarship for tuition.

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