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Welcome to ECET2 Maine!

ECET2 Maine is an educator community and two-day event and based on the ECET2 national model offering a unique opportunity for teachers from across Maine to connect with other practitioners to gain leadership skills, share innovative classroom practices, and be “celebrated” for their work on behalf of Maine’s students.

Enjoy your visit and be sure to connect with us on social media to keep current with our work and the work of educators in our community.

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ECET2 Maine 2017 Registrants – Welcome!

Dear ECET2 Maine 2017 Registrant, 

We are so excited to welcome you to ECET2 Maine 2017 on August 10th and 11th at Colby College.  The dress is casual throughout the conference. Check-in will begin at 8:45 on August 10th in the lobby of the Diamond Center on the Colby campus. There should be signs as you enter the campus. The conference will begin at 9:45 sharp. If you are staying in a dorm room you will get your dorm key during check-in. Colby will provide all linens (sheets, a blanket, and towels).  The dorms are NOT air-conditioned, so you may bring a fan if you would like.

If you arrive early enough you can get your bags into your dorm room before 9:45. If not, there is time before dinner to settle into your room.  Dorm rooms are singles and are organized by floor (male and female).  The dorms do NOT have elevators, so let us know if you need a room on the first floor.  Email Karen MacDonald directly at macdok235@gmail.com if you have this request. 

Breakout session descriptions will be provided to you before you arrive. However, you will select your sessions while at the conference.  Please note that there will be a participant limit for each breakout session, so if there is one that you think may be popular, you should get to the session as soon as possible. The list of the specific breakout sessions will be posted on our website ecet2maine.org by mid July.

The official program for the first day ends at 4:45 and we wrap-up on Friday at 3:45.  You will be receiving 15 contact hours for your participation over the 2 days. We are planning a celebratory dinner on the evening of the 10th at 5:45 pm.  Even if you are commuting, we encourage you to stay for dinner.  Please make your dinner selection by July 15th.  Everyone, including those who need to head home at 4:45,  needs to complete the form so we have an exact count. 



As you will discover, ECET2 Maine is an amazing opportunity and many people worked hours and hours to help make this event happen.  One change we would like to make this year is to participate in a service project.  This year’s project is very simple.  Before coming to ECET2 Maine we would like you to purchase a new book that would be appropriate for a K-5 school library.  If all of us participate, we should collect 150 books.  During the event, we are going to ask participants to nominate a K-5 library in need.  At the end of the conference, we will raffle this collection off to one of these libraries.  Imagine the excitement of receiving 150 new texts for an elementary school library!

There will be many opportunities for networking during the conference. We encourage you to consider bringing business cards to swap with colleagues as an easy way to share contact information. Vista is a popular site,  or you can print them on your home computer. Remember, many professionals, including teachers, find them very helpful!

When you are at the conference, you may want a small amount of cash.  After our lobster bake dinner on Thursday night, the famous Teachers’ Lounge Mafia Improv group from Western Maine will perform on campus and we will have a cash bar. Also, our wonderful sponsor, Stenhouse Publishing, will be with us and will  feature professional books for purchase, so again that might interest you.  

Social media will be a big part of our event.  Our website is ecet2maine.org and we will be posting information on the site, including resources related to our three strands:  teacher leadership, innovative and collaborative practice, and equity. We should also have an agenda up on the website next week. We will also be busy on Twitter and we hope you will join us soon @Ecet2Maine and join in the conversation. (Don’t forget that we will be taking pictures and posting them on our social media accounts.) Feel free to thank our sponsors via Twitter because this event would not be happening without the AMAZING support from Maine and New England organizations.  Nellie Mae Foundation, UNUM, MEMIC, Stenhouse Publishing, Maine ASCD, Educate Maine and ECET2 National are our major financial sponsors.  In addition, we have received financial support from the Maine Education Association, Cumberland County Federal Credit Union, the Association of Maine Teachers of Mathematics, and York County Federal Credit Union.  Colby is a great host and the campus is a wonderful place to work, network, and have fun!

Finally, we remind you that you have committed to attend this conference.  If there is any question about your attendance, and you need to withdraw, please email Karen MacDonald at macdok235@gmail.com by JUNE 30th.  That way, we can reach out to someone on our waitlist.  After that date, we will be ordering and paying for food, materials, dorm rooms. etc. 

Please bookmark our website and check it before arriving on August 10th for any last minute announcements. You can also ask to join our Facebook page which is ECET2ME Teacher Leadership.  In the meantime, we hope you enjoy some fabulous Maine weather and see you in August!


ECET2 Maine 2017 Planning Committee

Maine Teachers of the Year Association

Maine Network of National Board Certified Teachers

Educate Maine

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Welcome to ECET2 Maine!

Preparing for ECET2 Maine 2017

We are in the midst of planning for our 3rd Annual Convening of Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching in Maine.  As part of this preparation, we are building this site to serve as a home for information relating to this convening and the work of our organization.

We want to provide you with some outstanding resources, so please understand that this work will take some time.  As we continue to build, please feel free to check out our convening agenda and follow us on Twitter @ECET2Maine.

School Team Updates – Spreading the Good Work!

During the planning stages for ECET2 Maine 2017, the planning committee asked four Title I school sites in Maine if they would like to come with a team (an administrator and 4 – 5 teachers) to ECET2. If they committed to coming as a team, they would receive a $500 grant to bring a slice of the conference back to their school or district.

We are pleased to say that the following sites are using a mini-grant of $500 from ECET2 Maine to bring the work back to the school/district level. Here are October updates from the four schools.

ACADEMY HILL SCHOOL: The fourth and fifth grade team from Academy Hill School would like to thank you for the inspiration for our plan! We have decided that we want to focus on PBE starting with math. We will be collaborating as a team to incorporate PBE using a math workshop model. We would like to use the $500 grant to purchase materials such as professional development books and supplemental materials to use in our classrooms. Before we begin using this model we plan to participate in a book talk using a book that supports our PBE math journey. Some of the other things that we will be doing is presenting to our staff what we learned at the ECET2 Conference, presenting our project idea, and we have scheduled a meeting for next Thursday with our new Curriculum Person/PBE consultant. We will keep you posted.

AUGUSTA: Our goal is to share our new learning of childhood trauma and how toxic stress damages children’s brains. We are going to network with educators we met at ECET2 who have done work in this area and ask if they may be available to come and speak to our teachers. This will be followed by an after-school book study – Fostering Resilient Learners. The school will also allocate money to buy additional books for staff to help deepen their knowledge on childhood trauma in our schools and effective interventions. In March they will develop a session on childhood trauma to be offered for the district’s workshop day. This will be a great way to spread a piece of our learning from ECET2 throughout the school district.

RSU 24 – The Peninsula School: The Peninsula School would like to learn more about ACES and how to better meet the needs of our students. We need to learn more about identifying traumatized students. We also need to learn strategies that support students who have experienced trauma. We would like to purchase resources for the staff including: Fostering Resilient Learner: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom, Trauma- Sensitive School: learning Communities Transforming Children’s Lives, and The Trauma- Informed School. We would also like to invite Brittany Ray to join us for a staff meeting on the topic of ACES. Our overall goal is to be better informed, more responsive to students who are at-risk and to move forward as a community to create a Trauma-Sensitive School.

RSU 29: The RSU 29 team of teachers and administrators who were in attendance at the ECET2 Maine 2017 Waterville conference are interested in forming an in-house, teacher-led professional development committee. This committee would work to bring teacher inspired and led professional development mini sessions to our district. These sessions would follow the ECET2 model, with mini sessions to provide contact hours in topics identified as desirable. These sessions would be held after school, light refreshments would be provided and collegiality would be encouraged. Topics to be examined could include effective instruction, performance based education, how to’s (tech especially), and other current trends in education. Contact hours would be offered and the sessions would be open to educational technicians as well.

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2017 ECET2 Maine Breakout Session Resources

Learning Never Ends

While our 2017 Convening has ended, learning never ends.  Please use the table to below to connect with resources from the Breakout Sessions of our 2017 Convening.  Whether you missed a session that you really hoped to attend or would just like to revisit a resource you saw presented, we’ve got you covered.

Additionally, don’t forget that you can revisit the “Cultivating A Calling” talks from our this year’s convening by visiting ECET2 Maine’s YouTube Channel.


ResourcesPresenters/AuthorsPresentation TitleStrand
Teach to Lead Maine Website

Teach to Lead Maine Presentation
Jennifer Dorman and Ben BrighamTeach to LeadBuilding capacity for teacher leadership
Safe Environments and Honest Conversations Presentation

Sample Agenda for PLCs
Kasie GiallombardoSafe Environments and Honest ConversationsBuilding capacity for teacher leadership
Unlocking Never-Before-Seen Doors for Students PresentationShila Cook, Miles Gervais, Emily StacyUnlocking Never-Before-Seen Doors for KidsStrengthening practice through innovation and collaboration, Leading and teaching for equity
"Our Push Toward Access, Advocacy and Equity" PresentationMarielle EdgecombCreating Opportunities for All StudentsStrengthening practice through innovation and collaboration,
Leading and teaching for equity
Reaching Beyond Classroom Walls Resource Padlet

I Want to Connect! Padlet
Melissa GuerretteToday’s Literacy Community: Reaching Beyond Classroom WallsStrengthening practice through innovation and collaboration, Leading and teaching for equity
Student-Centered/Teacher-Centered Resource FolderCharles WillisBecoming more Student-Centered, means becoming more Teacher-CenteredBuilding capacity for teacher leadership
ConnectC2C Site

Connecting your Classroom to your Community- ConnectC2C Presentation

Connecting your Classroom to you Community Handout and Resources
Morgan CuthbertConnectC2C – Connecting your Classroom to your CommunityStrengthening practice through innovation and collaboration
Video Learning Team for High Impact Instruction PresentationJulie KeblinskyVideo Learning Teams for High Impact InstructionStrengthening practice through innovation and collaboration
Mystery Skypes/Hangouts LinksCherrie MacInnes and Dee BryantMystery SkypeStrengthening practice through innovation and collaboration
The Danger of A Single Story Presentation PDF

The Danger of A Single Story Presentation Google Doc
Tiffany DemarestThe Danger of a Single Story: Exploring Identity, Power and Bias in CurriculumLeading and teaching for equity
Resources for Literacy Leaders

Padlet of Resources for Literacy Leaders
Shelly Moody & Heidi GoodwinCultivating a Literacy Community Through Collaboration and CoachingStrengthening practice through innovation and collaboration
Teacher Evaluation Presentation Companion GuideElaine FerlandTeacher Evaluation- Understanding the StandardsStrengthening practice through innovation and collaboration
Close Writing TeachersPaula BourqueClose Writing TeachersStrengthening practice through innovation and collaboration
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Stay Connected with ECET2 Maine

Connect with ECET2 Maine on Social Media

Want to stay on top of effective teaching and teachers in Maine? Interested in equity, innovation and/or teacher leadership?

Use the links below to stay up to date on all things relating to ECET2 Maine by following us on social media.

Twitter: @Ecet2Maine

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ECET2ME

Instagram: ecet2maine

Grow Your PLN by Joining our Social Media Directory

2017 Convening participants are invited to continue the work and conversations from the convening by joining our social media directory.

You can view the directory here: 2017 ECET2 Maine Convening Social Media Directory.

You can add your social media accounts to the directory here: Social Media Directory Sign Up.

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ECET2 Maine 2017 Breakout Session Descriptions

Our 2017 Convening features a total of 21 different breakout presentations organized into three different breakout sessions.

Each presentation is dedicated to one of our convening’s three themes:

  • Building capacity for teacher leadership
  • Strengthening practice through innovation and collaboration
  • Leading and teaching for equity

Please view the table below to receive more information about the amazing options available during ECET2 Maine’s breakout sessions.

Click on the green “+” sign to expand each entry in the following table as needed.

TitlePresentersDescriptionStrandRoomTimeBreakout SessionResources
Teach to LeadJennifer Dorman and Ben BrighamTeach to Lead envisions a world in which teachers are valued as experts in instruction and, as such, are leaders of informing, developing, and implementing education policy and practice to steer systematic improvements to benefit student learning at the school, state, and national levels. Explore Teach to Lead Maine's new website, establish where you are as a teacher leader, and discover new pathways to build your own teacher leadership capacity.Building capacity for teacher leadership122Thursday, August 10, 12:201Teach to Lead Maine
Time for Change: A 3-Step Process to Becoming a Better Teacher-LeaderStephanie HendrixThis session is designed to share a 3-fold process for changing yourself, your classroom, and your organization, even when the odds do not seem to be working in your favor. By sharing my personal process as an exemplar, I invite other teacher-leaders to brainstorm, share, and reflect on the ways they might create positive change for themselves, their students, and their organizations. This session is all about finding ways to stop wallowing in things that seem impossible and instead begin focusing on creative ways to make them possible.Building capacity for teacher leadership141Thursday, August 10, 12:201Coming Soon
Safe Environments and Honest ConversationsKasie GiallombardoWe know that self-reflection and peer feedback are two ​of the most powerful methods to improve ​our professional practice. Yet, when given the opportunity in PLC’s to share dilemmas, teachers often ​struggle to open up. Or when they do, they often present “polished apple” lessons for peer feedback. Before teachers can truly engage in honest conversations about teaching and learning, ​facilitators need to establish ​a safe environment for the work​. In this interactive session, teacher leaders will learn ​how​ agendas and norms are crucial in establishing safety, examine several protocols to guide professional conversations, and practice specific strategies to establish trust among colleagues.Building capacity for teacher leadership153Thursday, August 10, 12:201Safe Environments and Honest Conversations Presentation
Sample Agendas for PLCs
Unlocking Never-Before-Seen Doors for KidsShila Cook, Miles Gervais, Emily StacyParticipants will leave this session with strategies to develop meaningful relationships with students while achieving academic objectives. We will challenge participants to apply social-emotional techniques to current teaching practices, using Mark Brackett’s RULER approach as well as revising their definition of success. Our presentation will also introduce the Melmac Grant, and how it has expanded students’ horizons, and helped them build meaningful relationships. We will address the following questions: How can educators effect change to community cultures? How can collaborative teaching with a social-emotional model exemplify resilience? How can teachers advocate for student equity?Strengthening practice through innovation and collaboration, Leading and teaching for equity145Thursday, August 10, 12:201Unlocking Never-Before-Seen Doors for Students Presentation
Professional Development BY the teachers and FOR the teachersMatt Drewette-CardHave you ever been in a PD environment that doesn't meet your needs? Who is making these decisions? Why are these decisions being made, and where is the input from the teachers?

In this session, come hear how one district in Maine is flipping how professional learning happens, through microcredential, online courses, modified edcamp-style workshop days, teacher-led PD committees, and (of course) Twitter!
Strengthening practice
Building capacity
123Thursday, August 10, 12:201Coming Soon
Creating Opportunities for All StudentsMarielle EdgecombWe create opportunities for students to take advanced coursework through proficiency-based programing, tandberg t.v. and a lot of creative scheduling throughout our building. Without enough staffing or resources, we have found a way to create opportunities for students in my middle level mathematics program that provides great challenges and even greater rewards.Strengthening practice through innovation and collaboration,
Leading and teaching for equity
223Thursday, August 10, 12:201"Our Push Toward Access, Advocacy and Equity" Presentation
Today’s Literacy Community: Reaching Beyond Classroom WallsMelissa GuerretteWhen we teach beyond the walls of our classrooms and take advantage of technology to forge connections with others, we provide more equitable access to literacy experiences for all our students. Connecting with authors and illustrators or other classrooms of readers and writers increases student engagement, motivation, and authenticity in learning. This session will include examples of how one teacher is reflecting to her students their part in a broader literacy community and the impact of those connections for both students and teacher. Participate in the discussion and take away ideas for connecting your learners, too.Strengthening practice through innovation and collaboration, Leading and teaching for equity214Thursday, August 10, 12:201Coming Soon
Becoming more Student-Centered, means becoming more Teacher-CenteredCharles WillisThe School Redesign and Innovation Team at Revere High School (MA) realized that if we are asking teachers to make their classrooms and school more student-centered, then the team needed to put teachers at the center of the changes. Teachers need to feel like they have a voice in the process of identifying best practices for students, teachers, parents and the larger school community. Participants will explore how existing structures can be reshaped and repurposed to create time and space for all staff to have a voice in school change. Participants will create draft proposals that put teachers at the center of school change to bring back to their community for further discussion and eventual implementation.Building capacity for teacher leadership122Thursday, August 10, 1:452Student-Centered/Teacher-Centered Resource Folder
ConnectC2C – Connecting your Classroom to your CommunityMorgan CuthbertWhat makes Maine, Maine? The beautiful State of Maine is composed of rich natural resources (forests, farms, coast, and mountains) and our close-knit communities. We want our students to become involved citizens within these communities, understanding the history and importance of place. The 2016 County Teachers of the Year want to share their platform that promotes these connections throughout the State between schools and their communities.Strengthening practice through innovation and collaboration141Thursday, August 10, 1:452Connecting your Classroom to your Community- ConnectC2C
Connecting your Classroom to you Community Handout and Resources
ConnectC2C Site
Ensuring Equity: The Whole Child Approach in MaineMary Bellavance, Leigh Alley, Shelly MoodyAll children deserve an education that prepares them for college, careers, and citizenship. This Whole Child local effort is spurred by a national initiative by ASCD to focus more attention on providing today’s children with a more comprehensive and rich education. Providing this type of well-rounded education is the responsibility of our entire community. We invite you to join us for an interactive session which will include collaborative conversations about what educating the Whole Child means to our schools, our community, and our future.Leading and teaching for equity153Thursday, August 10, 1:452Coming Soon
ACES(Adverse Childhood Experiences): A starting point for Trauma and Equity Informed ApproachesBrittany RayChronic exposure to stress disrupts the process of normal child development. Traumatized children have difficulty meeting both the academic and social challenges of school (Annie E Casey Foundation, 2013). Without a doubt, trauma is not just a mental health issue, and if left unaddressed by schools, students are unlikely to achieve academic and social success. This session takes a look at ACES- Adverse Childhood Experiences and the impact of these experiences on school success. What we know from ACES is that a trauma informed approach in needed in schools and without acknowledging and responding to the impact adversity has on developing brains and on social and emotional development, we will never close the achievement gap. This session seeks to share the very basic information of the ACES study and what that means for educators, students, parents, and communities.Strengthening practice through innovation and collaboration, Building capacity for teacher leadership, Leading and teaching for equity145Thursday, August 10, 1:452Coming Soon
Breakout EDUAmy TuckerCan you find and solve the clues to open the locked box? Collaborate with others to "break out" before time is up! Bring the Escape Room experience to your classroom. It can be done as a team-building activity, to introduce, or to review concepts.Strengthening practice through innovation and collaboration123Thursday, August 10, 1:452Coming Soon
Video Learning Teams for High Impact InstructionJulie KeblinskyIf you want to deeply understand your current teaching practice, you need to go beyond your own own perceptions or even feedback from observers. Learn how using video has allowed teachers at Mount Desert Island High School to work together to explore the realities of their dynamic classrooms and how giving feedback through the platform Sibme helped to strengthen their instructional practices.Strengthening practice through innovation and collaboration223Thursday, August 10, 1:452Video Learning Teams for High Impact Instruction Presentation
Teacher Initiated Study of "Student-Centered Learning" Affecting School CultureKristen Archer, Janet Anderson, Deanna Emery, Kristiana Slocum, and Jessica WingWinthrop Grade School Teachers have been reading and discussing, "Student-Centered Learning: Nine Classrooms in Action", during an after-school book group that we initiated for school year 2016-2017. The book, which was written by nine Maine teachers primarily in high poverty schools, describes strategies for leading student-centered classrooms. We share how our discussions of the strategies have begun to impact our classroom practices and the culture of collegiality and collaboration we are beginning to experience. These changes are important to enhance equity among our school's population of students living in poverty (42%).Strengthening practice through innovation and collaboration214Thursday, August 10, 1:452Coming Soon
Teacher Leaders: An Untapped PotentialDiana Allen & Angie McLaughlin & Margo MurphyGuided conversations around teacher leadership. What is a teacher leader? How can teacher leaders impact our profession? We will share numerous state, national and international groups that can be joined for support in their role as education leaders. Ending by asking teachers to brainstorm next steps they can take.Building capacity for teacher leadership122Friday, August 11, 9:153Coming Soon
Mystery SkypeCherrie MacInnes and Dee BryantDuring this interactive session, participants will discover the value and power of using Mystery Skype or Hangout in the classroom.. .Learn how this teacher created game develops an understanding of geography and cultural diversity while promoting communication and critical thinking skills.Strengthening practice through innovation and collaboration141Friday, August 11, 9:163Mystery Skypes/Hangouts Links
The Danger of a Single Story: Exploring Identity, Power and Bias in CurriculumTiffany DemarestLiterature can provide students with windows, mirrors and doors: windows to see the world, mirrors to see themselves, and doors to step into other worlds. But in order to provide students with these enriching experiences, we must look critically at our classroom libraries. Are many of the leading characters white? Are they mostly male? Do they reinforce stereotypes? We will discuss Chimamanda Adichie’s idea of a single story and explore how thoughtful classroom libraries can promote equity, cultural competence, and social change.Leading and teaching for equity153Friday, August 11, 9:173The Danger of A Single Story Presentation PDF
The Danger of A Single Story Presentation Google Doc
Cultivating a Literacy Community Through Collaboration and CoachingShelly Moody & Heidi GoodwinAre you interested in ways to transform educational practices to benefit teaching and learning? Are you a literacy leader that is seeking new ways to build a community of readers in your school or classroom? In this session, participants will explore how literacy leaders and instructional coaches affect school communities. Participants will collaboratively explore opportunities for coaching as an avenue for leadership on a variety of levels, including peer coaching and collaboration through technology. Ideas for building strong literacy communities for both adult and student growth will be shared.Strengthening practice through innovation and collaboration145Friday, August 11, 9:183Coming Soon
Teacher Evaluation- Understanding the StandardsElaine FerlandParticipants will engage in discussion in large and small groups about the National Board Teaching Standards that have been adopted by the MDOE. Activities will review each standard and what that looks like in a classroom. Teachers will leave with strategies and ideas to use in the classroom based on discussions. Videos will be used to share teaching in the classroom. Participants will be part of a sorting activity that will allow them to see what standard their everyday instruction falls under. Questions will always be encouraged.Strengthening practice through innovation and collaboration123Friday, August 11, 9:193Teacher Evaluation Presentation Companion Guide
Close Writing TeachersPaula BourqueAs accomplished teachers of writing it is crucial to be writing teachers. Whether you want to publish or improve practice we'll explore ways you can become a Close Writing Teacher. Engaging with communities of educators who share your passion and will support your pursuits can be a key to your success. Come join this session and we can start our own collaborative community.Strengthening practice through innovation and collaboration223Friday, August 11, 9:203Coming Soon
Data DrivenSean MaloneYou all have taken the Brightbytes surveys (some multiple times) but what lies under the hood? What does the questions tell us about learning & technology? I get to see all the data for the state and the admins in your school often times sees the overall data, how might we leverage this data to drive instructional change? In this session, we will peek under the hood and use the data to drive instructional changes.Strengthening practice through innovation and collaboration, Building capacity for teacher leadership214Friday, August 11, 9:213Coming Soon