It's not easy to make learning an engaging, interactive experience. The Maine Education Project has found four different education organizations that are connecting students to both learning opportunities and their communities, and we featured these stories in a half-hour-long television program this fall.
Our profiles include:
Bangor's United Technologies Center and its project management program. Students take on complex challenges that cross disciplines at the career and technical education center, linking learning with community-based projects.
Harpswell Coastal Academy's partnership with the New Beet Market provides an opportunity for students to learn the basics of running a business. The school's approach is designed to not only help students gain skills - both academic and real life, but also to help students connect to their own community.
Gateway to Opportunity, an initiative run by Goodwill Northern New England the the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School for Public Service, partners with nearly 10 area nonprofits to connect young people with summer employment and learning experiences that help them build professional skills. Over a six-week program, students worked in teams on community-based projects, gaining skills that are critical in the workplace, from teamwork and collaboration, as well as working with clients.
At Nokomis Regional High School, the Tech Sherpas put students in the driver's seat to provide technology training not just for the RSU 19 community but for teachers across the country. Meanwhile, at Sebasticook Valley Middle School, students are putting technology to work in a variety of ways that connect learning to community.
Watch the full program as Maine Education Project journalist Robbie Feinberg and Dave Boardman, Maine Public's education program coordinator, share some insights into the teaching and learning that takes place in each of these stories.