TREE

RSU 29 hosts guest speaker for back-to-school workshop

RSU 29 hosts guest speaker for back-to-school workshop

The County • September 3, 2019

RSU 29 staff members participated in three days of workshops prior to the opening of school on Tuesday, Sept. 3. The Aug. 27 workshop included the introduction of new staff members, updates on policies and procedures and the viewing of pertinent videos pertaining to the workplace. Read More ▶︎

School support program addresses barriers to learning

School support program addresses barriers to learning

The Ellsworth American • May 25, 2019

TREE, or Transforming Rural Experiences in Education, is “a collaborative educational initiative in rural Maine to create supportive learning environments where all children, especially those challenged by adversity, stress and trauma can succeed and thrive,” according to program literature. Read More ▶︎

Unique research-practice partnership affirms synergy of schools and community well-being

Unique research-practice partnership affirms synergy of schools and community well-being

UMaine Today • March 1, 2019

For the past three years, Biddle and her colleagues in educational leadership at UMaine have been involved in a collaborative effort to address some of the most challenging issues facing schools nationwide. Their laboratory is Washington County, one of Maine’s most rural and impoverished areas. Read More ▶︎

Student-empowered curricular change

Student-empowered curricular change

Phi Delta Kappan • February 25, 2019

Student voice is not typically considered central to whole-school curricular redesign. As in most organizations, change in schools tends to happen from the top down, with the administration and the teachers identifying problems and proposing solutions. But TREE’s bottom-up approach is grounded firmly in the understanding that a research- informed … Read More ▶︎

Maine school leaves classroom behind

Maine school leaves classroom behind

Bangor Daily News • October 4, 2018

When Hazel Stark and Joe Horn moved to Washington County to start the Maine Outdoor School two years ago, they thought they’d have to explain themselves to the community. They were prepared to defend the importance of hands-on, outdoor education. But there was no need. Read More ▶︎

Down East schools turn to brain science to fix rural education

Down East schools turn to brain science to fix rural education

Bangor Daily News • January 25, 2018

Backed by brain science, around $1.3 million in foundation money and a team of education researchers at Colby College and the University of Maine, TREE plans to make elementary schools in Milbridge, Jonesport and Charlotte rural proving grounds for methods of addressing trauma and stress that can alter a child’s brain chemistry and hinder learning. Read More ▶︎