TREE Partners 

As a rural trauma-informed initiative embedded within three under-resourced schools and communities, TREE collaborates with 53 administrators, teachers, and staff, 290 students, and 500 parents. We depend greatly on opportunities to share knowledge and resources with local, statewide, and national partners.

Local Partners

The Community Caring Collaborative, a nationally recognized leader in poverty-informed practice that works with tribal entities, state agencies, county agencies, medical centers and hospitals to create a seamless system of care for at-risk infants and young children and their families across Washington County.

Downeast Counselor Association, a professional association for counselors in educational settings, mental health agencies, community organizations, employment agencies, rehabilitation programs and private practice.

Maine Outdoor School is dedicated to fostering personal and community resilience through outdoor-based learning experiences in rural Maine. TREE is partnering with MOS to offer weekly experiential learning that is closely aligned with curriculum and student interest.

Maine Seacoast Mission builds stronger communities and resilient families and individuals by offering youth programs, telemedicine, housing rehabilitation, food pantries, and college scholarships. TREE schools work closely and collaboratively with EdGE, the Seacoast Mission’s innovative after-school, summer, and in-school programs.

Mano en Mano provides access to essential services, advocacy and education for Maine immigrants and farmworkers. TREE is working with partner Mano en Mano to address both overt and covert bias and create a more welcoming, inclusive, and equitable school climate.

Passamaquoddy tribal leaders from both Sipayik/Pleasant Point and Indian Township. The Passamaquoddy of Sipayik live on the largest reservation in the State, with a population of roughly 800, 60% under the age of 18. At their invitation, TREE has offered a series of trainings for the Passamaquoddy Child Wellness Council.

Women’s Health Resource Library advances and promotes the health and well-being of women, her families, and communities. TREE collaborates with WHRL’s Incredible Edible Milbridge, a series of public vegetable gardens and education initiatives designed to create stronger, healthier, and more food independent communities.

Statewide Partners

The Maine Rural Vitality Lab is a collaborative research initiative co-led by educational researchers from Colby College and the University of Maine. The lab works to promote rural vitality in Maine and beyond by better understanding the factors that contribute to creating and sustaining healthy developmental ecologies for rural children and youth.

Colby College Education Program offers undergraduate students opportunities to work as interns in TREE schools with TREE staff, and to work as research assistants on various aspects of the TREE project. 

University of Maine College of Education and Human Development offers undergraduate student research assistants and will be partnering with TREE to offer a Masters in Educational Leadership with a trauma-informed focus to start in fall, 2019, based in Washington County.

National Partners

Education Redesign Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education engages in a research-informed design process to create a “new engine” for education and child development. With Ed Redesign Lab support, TREE engages in ongoing conversations about trauma-informed practice and systems change with rural ed projects from around the country.

Pescadero School District, Pescadero, CA. Superintendent Amy Wooliever, inspired by TREE, successfully applied for a $571,000 California state grant to support safe and healthy students. TREE will provide professional development and consultation supports.