PRESS RELEASE: Maine Department of Education announces $1.2 million in funding for the Rethinking Responsive Education Ventures (RREV) project to support innovation in education
The Maine Department of Education (DOE) today awarded $1.2 million in Rethinking Responsive Education Ventures (RREV) funding to support education innovation in six school administrative units across Maine. These funds will be used to support projects focused on workforce development, environmental stewardship, outdoor education, a marine institute and internship opportunities, as well as supporting unique approaches distance learning.
Rewarded for it second turn of RREV funding include East Grand School in Danforth, Belfast Area High School, Portland School Department, Telstar High School in Bethel, RSU 22 in Hampden and RSU 25 in Bucksport.
“Education is changing in so many new and exciting ways, and we should be at the forefront, introducing our children to the great outdoors and providing them with hands-on experiences outside the classroom that will spark new perspectives. , will spark new friendships and provide new skills,” Governor Janet Mills said. “With these federal enrichment funds, creative educators in Maine can get kids outside this summer, exposing them to experiences experiences that will prepare them for life and new careers.”
“Maine educators are constantly leading the way with their innovation and creativity, and RREV offers a way to supercharge those efforts,” Education Commissioner Pender Makin said. “We are excited to invest in these educator-led projects to reimagine teaching and learning in ways that deepen student engagement, expand beyond the traditional classroom, connect students to the wealth of Maine’s natural resources and allow them to explore career paths that fuel their passions.”
The Maine DOE received $16.9 million in Rethink K-12 Education Models funding from the U.S. Department of Education. As one of 11 states to receive funding, Maine created the RREV to support the work of visionary educators to develop innovative pilot programs around distance learning and outside of the classroom. RREV floods Maine with innovative practices, professional development and pilot design courses. Courses in innovative design processes are available free of charge at several Maine public and private universities for Maine educators who wish to attend. In addition to innovative pilot development courses, the Department also offers asynchronous webinars on innovative principles that are available to all educators in self-paced, self-paced modules.
the first round of nine RREV pilot projects were announced last fall with an initial investment of more than $2 million to support projects including expanded outdoor learning, a creative space, the hiring of a outdoor learning, expanded internships, service learning and work/study opportunities, and engaging distance learning pathways. MSAD 17, Brewer School Department, MSAD #28, RSU 89 Katahdin Schools, Mt Blue HS/ Foster Technology School, Harpswell Coastal Academy, Noble High School, MSAD 60, St. George Municipal School Unit and School Union #76 were all part of the first round of pilots.
“At St. George’s School, we dare to dream big. For more than 5 years, our school community has worked to bring trades, technology and innovation back to the heart of public education and to enable all students, from kindergarten to grade 8, to engage in hands-on/thoughtful projects,” said Superintendent Mike Felton of St. George MSU, who was part of the first round of RREV pilots. “The RREV program believes in the power of schools and local communities to shape their future and is not afraid when a small school thinks big. RREV’s support, assistance and encouragement will help make our dream of a St. George K-8 Career Technical Education/Makerspace Building a reality and in the process expand people’s imaginations of what is possible in rural education and economic development.
For more information on how to get involved in RREV and to learn more about the pilots, visithttps://www.maine.gov/doe/rrev.
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