Maine DOE convenes Governor’s Academy for STEM Leadership

The Maine DOE convened the fifth meeting of the Maine Governor’s Academy for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Leadership last month in collaboration with the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA).

Twenty-four teacher leaders from across the state participated in the two-day event focusing on technology; STEM policy, engagement, and advocacy; and STEM models and practices. The fellows joined in a discussion focusing on the process and policy of adopting and implementing standards in Maine, STEM teacher endorsements and educator effectiveness with a panel of representatives from the Department, the Maine State Board of Education and the STEM Council/STEM Collaborative.

The fellows also experienced hands-on STEM lessons that supported the integration of engineering, math and science led by Cary Sneider, co-author of STEM Lesson Essentials, and Maine DOE Coordinator of Educational Technology Jim Wells provided interactive experience with the use of apps on iPads in an effort to help teachers make the connections on how technology can support STEM education. The group also benefited from the participation of 10 mentor teacher leaders who are alumni of the Maine Governor’s Academies for Science and Math Education Leadership and enjoyed a tour of the State House and tea at the Blaine House.

The Maine Governor’s Academy for STEM Education Leadership is in its second and final year and is supported by federal Title II funds and by participating school districts. The program, coordinated by Maine DOE Math Specialist Michele Mailhot, Maine DOE Science and Technology Specialist Shari Templeton and MMSA Science Specialist Joyce Tugel, consists of eight strands:

1. Focus on standards-based teaching and learning (state and national)
2. STEM models and practices
3. Technology
4. Leadership
5. Effective STEM professional development
6. Developing and facilitating collaborative STEM groups
7. Building STEM partnerships
8. STEM policy, engagement and advocacy.

The Governor’s Academy will hold their final meeting in June when the fellows complete their final projects and prepare presentations.