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Maine Partnership to Support Innovative and Equitable Educational Opportunities

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted and exacerbated systemic inequities and challenges related to ensuring equitable learning opportunities for all Maine learners and particularly for rural students, students with individualized education plans, and economically underserved students. This partnership will address the need to understand original and inventive approaches to persisting problems of practice to help ensure that students in these groups, and all students, have access to rich and rigorous learning opportunities to improve student absenteeism, engagement, and social-emotional learning.

The Maine Department of Education (MDOE) Commissioner’s Office, through the Rethinking Responsive Education Ventures (RREV) grant, is providing professional development training and funding to support innovative remote learning solutions that have potential to improve learner outcomes. In this partnership, REL Northeast & Islands will collaborate with MDOE and other partners, including students, to build district capacity to use research and data to improve innovations developed through the RREV grant and other sources, assess learner outcomes, and develop promising practices for sustaining and scaling up the innovations. REL Northeast & Islands will facilitate a training series with district innovation teams to develop and implement a process for examining fidelity of implementation of their remote learning innovations, create a fact sheet summarizing the literature on the innovation areas such as outdoor education and online learning, and produce a co-authored blog series.

Partner Organizations: Maine Department of Education, Maine Curriculum Leaders Association, State Board of Education, Maine Indian Education, Eastern Maine Community College, University of Maine, and six school districts

Current Projects

Maine launched the Rethinking Responsive Education Ventures (RREV) program in 2020 to develop innovative learning models to ensure that all students have equitable access to high-quality learning opportunities aligned with their needs. Through this project, REL Northeast & Islands will support eight districts participating in RREV, helping them better understand how to use research and data to assess and improve innovation implementation.

No completed projects at this time.

Event Type: Webinar | Event Date: December 11, 2023
Time: 3:30–5:00 p.m. ET Join us for a webinar to deepen your understanding of educational assessment in the context of innovative practices. While educators are involved in assessment on a regular basis, it can sometimes be challenging to determine which...
Product Type: Blog | Publication Date: August 31, 2023
This blog introduces our Governing Board and explores the topic of innovation in education, the theme from our recent Governing Board meeting.
Product Type: Blog | Publication Date: June 15, 2023
This blog introduces a new REL Northeast & Islands factsheet to promote assessment literacy. The blog discusses the different types of educational assessments and how district, school, and teacher leaders can put assessment results to use.
Event Type: Webinar | Event Date: May 24, 2023
During this session, participants will strengthen their knowledge from previous sessions and identify areas of strength and need in data use. Participants will also have a chance to provide feedback to other teams on how they can move to their next step...
Product Type: Fact Sheet | Publication Date: May 2023
Educational assessment is a systematic process of documenting and using evidence to improve educational programs and student learning. This fact sheet examines the different purposes for and types of educational assessment. It also explores how various...
Product Type: Blog | Publication Date: November 17, 2022
This blog discusses strategies for placing equity at the forefront of our REL activities and explores two examples of how REL Northeast & Islands is partnering with education leaders to put equity at the center of our project work.
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: October 28, 2022
Location: Augusta, ME During this session, participants will build community among Rethinking Responsive Education Ventures (RREV) teams, coaches, and the REL Northeast & Islands team, review innovation outcomes from RREV team logic model, and articulate...

REL Northeast & Islands Logic Model (237 KB)

REL Northeast & Islands Logic Model