Session Title: The Science of Early Brain Development
Brains are built and children’s earliest experiences lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning and development. Together we will discuss some of the latest research on early childhood brain development, how early experiences shape the developing architecture of a child’s brain, and the importance of relationships in supporting this period of rapid growth.
Ameilia Bachleda, PhD, Outreach and Education Specialist, Institute for Learning & Brian Sciences, University of Washington
Broadening the perspectives of classroom resources is an important part of improving equity and inclusion across the curriculum. In particular, this session will focus on how expanding the resources used to teach your curriculum can serve as a window or a mirror to reflect the experiences of all students. We will be using Hyperdocs to demonstrate how to innovatively organize and disseminate multiple resources. Note to participants: Please read this article in preparation for the session: Curriculum As a Window and a Mirror, Style, Emily (1988)
Christine Hesler, Director of Curriculum and Assessment, RSU 14
Christine Frost-Bertiniet, Assistant Superintendent, RSU 14
Vanessa Michaud, Assistant Principal, Windham High School
Amy Denecker, Librarian, Windham High School
Kristin Chavonelle, Librarian, Windham High School
Joyce Babbitt, Librarian, Windham Middle School
Tammy Lorenzatti, Technology Integrator, Windham High School
Experience the virtual and in person tools used by the Outer Island Teaching and Learning Collaborative (TLC) to bring Maine’s one room island school communities together to combat the social and academic isolation of both students and teachers. Through the use of projects and protocols based on the School Reform Initiative principles of ‘Equity and Excellence in Education’ the TLC has supported and strengthened these schools for the past 10 years. Learn about our recent program evaluation focused on student transition and leadership outcomes.
Yvonne Thomas, Education Specialist, Island Institute
Mandy Metrano, Teacher, Monhegan School
Robin Chernow, Community Development Officer, Island Institute
It is estimated that 1 in 4 women have left or have considered leaving the workforce as a result of Covid-19. The increased demands upon their time to care for children, changes to remote learning for children, and caring for an adult family member have impacted their decisions and options. In addition, women are more likely to work in careers which have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19. This panel discussion will focus on the impact of Covid-19 on women in the workforce in Maine and how to best support economic recovery.
Cherie Galyean, Director of Strategic Learning, Maine Community Foundation
Gilda Nardone, Executive Director, New Ventures Maine
Maria MacDougal, College Access Counselor, Finance Authority of Maine
Erica Watson, Program Director Education & Workforce, Maine Community Foundation
Session Title: Building Culturally Responsive Schools with SEL4ME
An interactive discussion on equity, inclusion, and belonging for our underserved Maine youth. Learn and share ideas on how to help inform and support Maine educators to increase culturally responsive classrooms and school climates with strong social emotional learning foundations.
Deqa Dhalac, Cultural Responsiveness and Family Engagement Specialist, Maine Department of Education
Kellie Bailey, Social Emotional Learning Specialist, Maine Department of Education