Opportunities to Lead and Participate In the 17th Annual MLTI Student Conference

Each year, the Department of Education’s Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) hosts the MLTI Student Conference. Over 1000 students and their teachers gather to engage in a day of learning and creating with technology. This year the event will be held at the University of Maine in Orono on Thursday, May 21st, 2020 from 8:30am – 3pm. Details about opportunities to lead and participate in the day are below.


Last year, the Department received a significant amount of positive feedback regarding the new registration process. Educators said that knowing which sessions their students were going to ahead of time reduced uncertainty related to whether sessions would fill, the shuffling of chaperones, and how to prepare student devices for full participation in the session. They also really appreciated having name tags printed with all the session choices for each student. However, there was some feedback that the pressure to sort out student choices before registration filled created some frustration. We have worked to space out the registration process a bit more this year and hope you will mark the following dates on your calendar!

  • January 27th, 2020: Session descriptions posted
  • (Time to check in with students)
  • March 2nd, 2020: Registration open (up to 40 students per school)
  • March 30th, 2020: Registration open for schools that want to add additional students (beyond the 40).
    • Larger schools typically have developed a process to select the 40 students who are able to be registered in the first round (student leadership, fundraising, etc.). We encourage you to think about this now!
  • April 10th, 2020: Last day to register
  • April 14th, 2020: Final lists sent to schools for review
  • April 17th, 2020: Last day to make changes to registration
  • April 20th, 2020: File with T-shirt order and nametags sent to UMaine.
    • While you can substitute students after this date, we will ask that they take the nametag and t-shirt of the student they are replacing. Late registration may be possible if there is space, though we can’t guarantee a personalized name tag and t-shirt.

Teacher Leaders

Applications Due Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Link to Application: http://bit.ly/MLTI-sc-2020-teacher-app

Teacher Leaders will:

  • select the conference theme,
  • develop/lead UBER Session,
  • select session proposals, a -shirt winner, and student band(s)
  • setup before the conference, lead/facilitate during the day, and clean up after the event

Teacher Leaders will meet virtually ten (10) times and will need to have four (4) days outside of the classroom. Dates are below. Teacher leaders will receive travel reimbursement (mileage and hotel) and meals when they gather in person. They will also be eligible to earn up to 45 contact hours for their participation throughout the year.

  • Virtual Meetings on Wednesdays 3-4:30pm: 10/30, 12/18, 1/8, 1/22, 2/5, 2/26, 3/25, 4/8, 4/29, 5/13
  • All Day Meetings: Friday, December 6th, 2019 and Friday, March 13th, 2020 (location TBD)
  • Conference Setup: Wednesday, May 20th, 2019 (University of Maine in Orono)
  • Conference Leadership: Thursday, May 21st, 2020 (University of Maine in Orono)

Call for Proposals

Sessions will be one-hour long, must involve some form of creating, making, and doing, and should leave participants excited about what they learned and eager to share their experiences with others. Presentations that incorporate students as leaders or co-leaders with educators will be given priority!

Important Dates

  • Monday, November 4th, 2019 – Call for Proposals open and theme announced
  • Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 – Proposals due
  • Monday, January 13th, 2020 – Sessions selected
  • Friday, January 17th, 2020 – Sessions confirmed by presenters
  • Monday, January 27th, 2020 – Sessions posted

Spread the word – if you know of someone doing fantastic work involving technology with making, doing, or storytelling please encourage them to submit a proposal or send an email with suggestions to MLTI.Project@maine.gov!

MLTI T-Shirt Design Competition

We encourage all students to submit designs to the MLTI T-shirt Design Competition. A panel of teacher leaders will narrow the list to five possible options and then will encourage other students to vote to pick the winner. Up to twenty (20) student artists will also win free registration to the conference.

Eligibility requirements, submission guidelines, and judging criteria will be posted on the DOE website in November.

Important Dates

  • Monday, November 4th, 2019 – Competition begins
  • Monday, February 24th, 2020 – T-shirt designs due
  • Monday, March 2nd, 2020 – T-shirt voting begins (with registration)
  • Friday, April 10th, 2020 – T-shirt winner announced

Musical Performance Opportunities

We will be looking for students to perform the National Anthem as well as music during other parts of the day—such as the UBER Session. More information will be available in November!

Important Dates

  • Monday, November 4th, 2019 – Call open and theme announced.
  • Monday, February 24th, 2020 – Applications due
  • Friday, April 10th, 2020—Schools notified of application status.


We encourage you to start planning for conference transportation soon and to consider sharing buses with other attending schools. If you need assistance with this, please contact MLTI.Project@maine.gov

For more information or answers to questions, please contact MLTI.Project@maine.gov or visit the MLTI Student Conference website.