UMM Holds Harvest of Ideas for Educators

Michelle Finn, teacher at Steuben Elementary School and professional development associate at Marzano Research, presenting, “Unpacking Standards and Tracking Mastery with Students” for Washington County educators at the 2017 Harvest of Ideas.

On October 10th, the University of Maine in Machias hosted the 2017 Harvest of Ideas for more than 550 Washington County educators. Participants selected workshops from over 30 sessions led by presenters from across the state, including specialists from Maine’s Department of Education, instructors from UMaine Machias and University of Southern Maine, GEAR UP Maine, Maine-Wabanaki REACH, several social services agencies as well as educators from RSU #2, Washington Academy, and Steuben Elementary School. 

The overarching focus for the conference was implementing proficiency-based-education, as all high schools in Maine will begin issuing proficiency-based diplomas by the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Projector Director Sarah Woog expressed tremendous gratitude to the Information Technology and Distance Learning Departments at the Machias campus for all of the support and for making the virtual sessions with RSU #2 educators and students possible. The Washington County Consortium (WCC) and the Washington County Leadership Team (WCLT) wish to thank the following for their generous support: Dunkin Donuts, Machias Savings Bank, Personalized Learning Tool, Pie Ladies in Pembroke, Subway, The First of Calais, University of Maine at Machias, Walmart and Washington Academy. The event was a huge success.