Positive school climate conference held last month

Educators, school and district leaders, and policy makers from across the country gathered in Portland last month for The Maine Event: National Conference on Positive School Climate and Culture.

More than 40 breakout workshops were offered during the two-day professional development conference. Topics ranged from restorative justice, school discipline and action planning, to maximizing opportunities as a result of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

U.S. Senator Angus King commended Maine DOE and conference participants via video address for their commitment to improving and sustaining a safe and positive school climate.

Planned and facilitated by a group of Maine public school educators, the conference was described as being “the best professional development experience … with inspirational and transformative sessions, offering critically needed information and strategies for educators.”

For more information on this this conference and more, contact Maine DOE’s Student Assistance Coordinator Sarah Ricker at sarah.ricker@maine.gov or the Department’s McKinney-Vento, Truancy, Dropout, Alternative Education State Coordinator Jacinda Goodwin at jacinda.goodwin@maine.gov.