Professional Development

Learning and the Brain Conference

Professional Development for 3 teachers, STEM coordinator and KES principal Date: Spring 2014 Amount: $6714 Teachers, RSU 21 STEM coordinator, and KES principal attend Learning and the Brain Conference focused on “The Science of Smarter Minds: Teaching to Think, Create and Innovate for School and Careers.”  Topics included: ways to promote critical and creative thinking Read the full article…

NSTA Conference

Professional Development for MSK Science Dept. Date: Winter/Spring 2014 Amount: $3214 MSK science teachers will attend National Science Teacher Association conference in Boston in April to focus on two area:  Science and Literacy: A Symbiotic Relationship,  and Engineering and Science: Technological Partners. Strengthened literacy skills empower students to access science content and communicate understanding.  Second, Read the full article…

Professional Development – Learning and the Brain Workshop

Date:  Spring 2013 Amount: $2,275 Kennebunk Elementary School teachers attend Learning and the Brain Conference on The Neuroscience of Reading: Using Research to Understand Reading Acquisition and Disorders.  This conference will assist KES teachers in reaching out to students in Grades 1-3 who are struggling with reading.

Professional Development – International Baccalaureate Training

Date:  Spring 2013 Amount:  $20,000 MSK is the only school in Maine to offer the IB Middle Years Program.  The training received by three teachers this summer focused on IB curriculum changes coming during the 2013-2014 school year.  The goal is challenging and engaging unit plans and extended use of inquiry based learning in the Read the full article…

STEM Forum and EXPO

Date: Fall 2012 Amount: $3,083.00 The district will send three staff members to the STEM Forum and Expo in St Louis, MO, sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association.  The conference supports the STEM initiative in the district which is responsible for implementation of robotics, planning for engineering and AP physics classes, and support of Read the full article…

Learning and the Brain Summer Institute

Program: Professional Development Date:       Fall 2011 Amount:  $4,735.00

Professional Development

Program:  National Science Teachers Association Conference Date: Fall 2011 Amount: $3,290   Six science teachers from MSK and KHS attended the conference in Connecticut. Ken Wesson of the Institute for Systems Biology was keynote speaker.  The goal of the conference:  “foster collaboration and better ensure that teachers are building their capacity as educators while also Read the full article…

Professional Development

Program: Learning and the Brain Date: Fall 2011 Amount: $2,000   Six teachers/staff members, two from each school in the district, attended conference in Boston.  Focus was “Preparing for 21st Century Minds: Using Brain Research to Enhance Cognitive Skills for the Future.” This training provided new knowledge teachers will use in the classroom.  Educators will Read the full article…

National Science Conference

Date:  Winter 2011 Amount:  $1,690   Two science teachers from MSK attended The National Conference on Science Education in San Francisco. The teachers learned about embracing technology in the classroom; accessing language through science and mathematics; exploring earth, wind and fire; and building scientific minds.

Learning and the Brain

Date:  Fall 2010 Amount:  $3,000   Five RSU#21 staff members attended the semi-annual Learning and the Brain Conference in Boston.  The theme of this session was “No Brain Left Behind: Improving Teaching, Testing and Treatment.” The neuroscience of learning was explored along with strategies to improve teaching, learning and memory. Interventions for struggling students were Read the full article…

ASCA Conference

Date: Spring 2010 Amount: $450.00 Kennebunkport Consolidated School counselor will attend the conference for the American School Counselor Association.

Workshop for Suicide Prevention

Date: Spring 2010 Amount: $588.00 Forty RSU#21 staff attended a Gatekeepers’ Workshop for suicide prevention to learn protocol for handling students with suicidal thoughts.

Responsive Classroom

Date: Spring 2010 Amount: $2,275.00 Three Kennebunk Elementary School teachers received training in the Responsive Classroom approach, which focuses on creating a positive learning environment through social and behavioral skill development.

Literacy Conference

Date: Spring 2010 Amount: $2,688.00 Kennebunkport Consolidated School teachers attended the Literacy for All conference to learn new literacy strategies.

Written Language

Date: Spring 2010 Amount: $6,000.00 Mildred L. Day teachers learn methods for teaching written language used at the three other RSU#21 elementary schools.

Training for Adventure Course

Date: Spring 2010 Amount: $5,665.00 Twenty-two Middle School of the Kennebunks staff received introductory or advanced training in the use of the adventure course.

The Daily Five

Date: Spring 2010 Amount: $2,961.00 Grade 1 and multiage teachers attended a conference on the The Daily Five, an approach to literacy instruction.

Beth Carlson National Convention

Date: Spring 2009 Sponsor: Beth Carlson Amount: $650.00 Assisted in travel expenses for KHS teacher Beth Carlson to participate in National Conference that she was asked to speak at. (Read More)

Responsive Classroom

Date: Spring 2009 Sponsor: Cynthia Hayes, Joycelyn Roux, Sara Zito Amount: $4,913.00 Five staff members attended a week-long summer training on student-centered innovations such as academic choice, collaborative problem solving, and classroom organization.

Mentor Induction

Date: Spring 2009 Sponsor: Superintendents Office Amount: $6,300.00 A district-wide program to foster continuity in ongoing professional development through a mentor induction team, which will partner with all new teachers to the school system.