Central Maine Educators Regional Conference (CMERC) is a Success

Submitted by Wendy Berce, Administrative Assistant at Regional School Unit No. 68

On March 15, 2019, SeDoMoCha school in Dover-Foxcroft Maine hosted the 7th annual regional professional development day. This year’s event, formally known as MooseTech, was rebranded as the 1st annual Central Maine Educators Regional Conference. Over 400 teachers, support staff, and administrators from five local school districts attended the days events. Attendees from RSU 68 (Dover-Foxcroft), Foxcroft Academy, AOS 94 (Dexter), SAD 31 (Howland), and SAD 41 (Milo) were given the opportunity to attend four one-hour sessions ranging in topics that included technology, poverty, social and emotional learning, student safety, instructional strategies, and student engagement.

In addition to these individualized breakout sessions, attendees were also able to attend a keynote presentation by Heather Blier Ph. D., owner and psychologist at Dirigo Consulting. Dr. Blier has a doctorate in clinical psychology and she specializes in clinical assessment and intervention, placing a special emphasis on research-based practices and applied research in clinical and academic settings.

The main focus of this conference is bringing together some of the area’s smartest and most influential educational minds in the state. In addition to sessions being lead by local educators, many external organizations such as universities, private and public businesses as well as local law enforcement all contributed to the day’s learning. Coupled with the generous donation of time and knowledge by the session presenters, this year’s event could not have be completed without the generous donations of all of our sponsors, including our host sponsor, Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union.

Planning for next year’s event is already underway!