MACTE Conference Draws 400+ Educators Statewide, Honors CTE Teacher of the Year

Maine Administrators of Career and Technical Education (MACTE) held its annual conference last week at Lewiston Regional Technical Center (LRTC). The official organization for Maine’s network of 27 career and technical education (CTE) schools, MACTE plans the conference as a place for CTE educators to convene and share ideas, hear from industry professionals, and honor hard-working colleagues.

IMG_2343During the opening presentation of the conference, participants were welcomed by MACTE President and host Rob Callahan, who is also the Director of LRTC. Dr. Donald Cannan, Executive Director of MACTE also addressed the crowd remarking on the utmost importance of CTE educators in the training of Maine’s current and future workforce. Following the welcoming, Maine Department of Education Deputy Commissioner Dan Chuhta presented the CTE Teacher of the Year award to Greg Cushman, an electrical instructor and SkillsUSA advisor at LRTC.

An alumnus and former educator of Westbrook Regional Vocational Center, Greg has a successful 25-year career in electrical trade under his belt. He has since returned to his roots in Career and Technical Education in a different capacity, to serve as an educator to the students in his community. Known for his outstanding student outcomes and many accomplishments, both in his professional career and in education, his nominators, LRTC Director Rob Callahan along with students and colleagues from LRTC, had this to say about Greg:

“Perhaps the most compelling aspect of Greg’s nomination for this award is the quality of his character. He is a highly approachable, thoughtful and genuine person who always looks for the good in any situation. He approaches his responsibilities as an educator, electrician and community member with utmost importance. He sets an example for those around him which is based on hard work, integrity and service to others.”


After being named CTE Teacher of the year, Greg took the stage, while the excited crowd stood in applause and his family joined him to congratulate him for this well-deserved recognition. The CTE Teacher of the Year award is administered by MACTE as a way to recognize teachers who are providing outstanding career and technical education programs for youth and/or adults in their respective fields and communities.

After hearing from keynote speaker Shawn Moody, who spoke about the Blue Collar CTE scholarship opportunity, participants attended a morning filled with a variety of breakout sessions. In addition to sessions lead by Maine DOE Leaders who provided information about State level updates, data, and funding, there were also sessions led by CTE leaders and industry professionals about various topics including understanding and supporting LGBTQ+ individuals, early college opportunities through the Maine Bridge Academy program and the Community College System, as well as workforce and industry updates from Cianbro, Apple, Inc, and Maine Army National Guard to name a few.

Conference participants also had the opportunity to attend sessions led by Maine education colleagues such as Foster Tech’s Chris MeMarco and Jake Bogar who led a session about how to fit science into any CTE class, and Ruthanne Harrison, an Engineering Teacher from Bath Regional CTE, who led a session about design thinking and 3D Printing.

A delicious lunch was served at LRTC’s well-known Culinary Arts School, The Green Ladle followed by a final session that provided tech updates for CTE educators.

The annual conference came to a close with a positive response from participants, especially for the variety of breakout sessions that provided instructors with information about common best practices. MACTE Executive Director Donald Cannan says they “plan to continue this very successful practice” as they look toward planning future MACTE conferences and events.

 Professional Learning Opportunity: Lenses on Learning- Leadership for Elementary Mathematics (3-Part Series)

Who is invited?   This professional learning opportunity is specifically designed for a team from K-8 schools consisting of:

  • 1 principal/mathematics coordinator
  • 1 classroom teacher/mathematics coach

Why participate?

  • Strengthen your instructional leadership and supervision practices in mathematics
  • Strengthen your pedagogical and content knowledge in mathematics
  • Explore what it means to develop a stance of inquiry and ongoing learning about mathematics education
  • Examine what it means to engage students in active learning
  • Consider ways to develop a shared school vision of rigorous, accessible, and equitable mathematics teaching and learning
  • Compare assessment practices and ways to use assessment to improve student learning
  • Take away ideas and materials to use in your school and classrooms

What is our key goal? To provide you with experiences, information, and resources to guide you in key areas of school practice, leadership, and instructional strategies that have an impact on students’ mathematical learning.

What is our approach to professional development?

  • Do the math: Use video and hands-on explorations delve into key elementary mathematics concepts using multiple approaches, including manipulatives and visual representations.
  • Connect to research: Discuss readings that connect each topic to research and take away powerful research-based approaches, tools, and resources to use in your school and classrooms.
  • Collaborate: Work together and share ideas with other K-8 teams.
  • Leading change: Set goals and generate a plan for ongoing mathematics improvement for your school and classrooms.

Cost:  $180.00 per team for all 3 sessions (includes continental breakfast, lunch, books, and materials for participants).

Contact hours: 24 hours

Registration: 8:00 am, Session 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Locations: Dates (Must attend all): Registration Links:
Keeley’s Banquet Center, Portland 11/5/19; 1/7/20; 3/24/20 Register for Portland Event
University of Maine, Farmington 11/6/19; 1/8/20; 3/25/20 Register for Farmington Event
Northeastland Hotel, Presque Isle 11/19/19; 1/21/20; 3/17/20 Register for Presque Isle Event
Jeff’s Catering, Brewer 11/20/19; 1/22/20; 3/18/20 Register for Brewer Event

Space is Limited!  Apply by October 18, 2019

Questions? Contact: Michele Mailhot, Mathematics Specialist: 624-6829,  or Jen Robitaille, Elementary Mathematics Specialist: 624-6673,

Future Teachers Academy: Free Event for High School Students Interested in Exploring the Field of Education

Future Teachers Academy, an event for students who are interested in exploring the field of education, is being hosted by Thomas College and will be held on November 8th from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm on their campus at 180 West River Road in Waterville.

During the event students will be able to participate in a daylong, hands-on and experimental teaching environment, led by professional faculty from the Thomas College School of Education, as well as partners from the Maine Department of Education and Maine Teachers of the Year.

Future Teachers Academy

When: November 8, 2019, 8:00 am – 1:30 pm
Thomas College
Open to Maine high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Register here

For further information please call (207) 859-1111.


Priority Notice: Two Free Emergency Management Training Sessions Available This Week Only

The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students, is pleased to offer:

Developing Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) K-12 101 Train-the-Trainer (TtT) Training

When: Thursday, September 26, 2019
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Registration begins at 7:30 am)
Where: Senator Inn, 284 Western Ave, Augusta, ME 04330

With this K-12 101 TtT TBR, an expert team will train potential master trainers on the recommended six-step planning process to create a high-quality school EOP, which includes the following:

Step 1: Forming a Collaborative Planning Team
Step 2: Understanding the Situation
Step 3: Determining Goals and Objectives
Step 4: Plan Development
Step 5: Plan Preparation, Review, and Approval
Step 6: Plan Implementation and Maintenance

Read the full description and register here »

K-12 101 Train-the-Educator & SITE ASSESS Trainings

When: Friday, September 27, 2019
Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (Registration begins at 7:30 am)
Where: Senator Inn, 284 Western Ave, Augusta, ME 04330

With this K-12 101 training, an expert team will provide an overview of a recommended six-step planning process to create a high-quality school EOP, which includes:

Step 1: Forming a Collaborative Planning Team
Step 2: Understanding the Situation
Step 3: Determining Goals and Objectives
Step 4: Plan Development
Step 5: Plan Preparation, Review, and Approval
Step 6: Plan Implementation and Maintenance

Read the full description and register here »

Principals Roundtable Series: It Doesn’t Have to be Lonely at the Top

This roundtable series is being hosted by New England League of Middle Schools (NELMS). 

October 28, 2019 – Chace Community Center at Colby College, Waterville, ME
January 27, 2020 – Chace Community Center at Colby College, Waterville, ME
March 8, 2020** – Omni Hotel, Providence, RI

Schedule: (schedule is subject to change)
8:30 am Registration, Coffee and light pastries
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Workshop with lunch included
** Workshop in Providence, RI will run from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Back by popular demand: A Principal’s Roundtable with Dr. Monte Selby and Chris Toy

Middle Level building leaders often work alone with minimal peer support. We lack sources of informed objective feedback, brainstorming, problem solving and idea sharing. Join other dynamic New England middle level principals in October, January, and March for days dedicated to addressing current challenges facing you and your middle level peers. Collaborate with fellow building principals in a confidential, collegial setting to voice issues, explore solutions, offer practical support, share insights, and take home best-practice ideas for your school. Each session is designed to create a network of peers supporting one another’s success as middle level leaders.

Chris Toy and Dr. Monte Selby are experienced facilitators who will keep the conversation moving, highlight solutions, and offer resources on current problem solving and leadership strategies to adapt for use in your building.

Download the registration form here (PDF). Please contact the NELMS office at (978) 557-9311 or e-mail for additional information or questions.