Individualized Support and Connection

Many organizations offer individual support for educators in Maine. Check out the list below and reach out. We are ready, able and excited to help. Would you like to be included on this list? Fill out this form and we'll be in touch.

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Schedule Sessions with Rural Aspirations

Do you need help thinking of ways to get creative with your curriculum?  Are you looking for a community connection, but are unsure of where to start?  Do you need help thinking of strategies for the fall?

Types of support: Individual teacher PD designed to meet your challenges and needs, Teams of teachers doing interdisciplinary or PBL work, or custom topics

Areas of focus: Curriculum development, inquiry-based learning, place-based learning, connecting with community partners, coaching, strategic planning


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Alison Johnson of Island Readers and Writers

Looking for ways to integrate books and literacy into your curriculum? Want to find new authors, illustrators, and experts to make reading more exciting?

Types of support: Individual and group training on IRW's existing resources, Connection to networks and experts, and information about quality books and how to use them in your curriculum.

Areas of focus: Using books across content areas, art, inspired writing, The Whole Book Approach

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Sarah Hooper of Schoodic Institute

Looking for help with science, place-based, or community-based curriculum planning and resources? Wondering how to integrate meaningful learning that actively engages your students in science practices and inquiry?

Types of support: Custom curriculum development and support for individuals or small groups, science content expertise and resources (all science disciplines), connecting science teaching and learning to NGSS and Common Core standards.

Areas of focus: Place-based and community-based science; project-based and interdisciplinary teaching and learning; outdoor and environmental learning and citizen science; inquiry and data literacy skills

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Olivia Griset of Maine Environmental Education Association

Looking for connections to resources, networks, expertise for experiential, place-based, outdoor and/or nature-based learning. 

Types of support: 1:1 conversations to connect you to resources and ideas

Areas of focus: MEEA is a statewide network that supports formal educators and nonformal educators who are teaching about the environment or engaged in outdoor learning. We work with community partners and schools across the state and can connect you to resources, curricula and folks to help you integrate EE and outdoor learning into your practice.


Meg Edstrom Jones and Alex Grindle of the Ecology School

Looking for custom curriculum development, training on existing curriculum resources, connection to resources, networks, expertise, content expertise, training/ support for virtual tools for engagement, outdoor classroom management, curriculum etc.

Types of support: 1:1 conversations to connect you to resources and ideas

Areas of focus: Outdoor education--from classroom management to curriculum development and integration--is what we do best! With 20 years of experience in the area, The Ecology School is an expert in training education professionals for their own nature-based classrooms and providing fun, engaging, and impactful lessons for all ages of students that meet NGSS standards. Managing a group of students outdoors can look very different than inside, let us guide you on how to make it successful for you and your students.