Webinar: Stepping Into the Outdoor Classroom

Check out this fantastic webinar on March 29th at 6:00 p.m.

Stepping Into the Outdoor Classroom
We will explore the journey Unity Sprouts is taking to expand our nature based program. We started with a summer outdoor program and we have expanded to a full day, full year program. We have brought nature into our classrooms and moved most of the classroom routine to the outdoor setting. I will share tips, lessons learned, successes and challenges we are working on.
Jill Barnes, Lead teacher/Site Supervisor, Unity Sprouts
I have worked for Broadreach Family & Community Services for 16 years.
I have had many roles as Lead Teacher, Mentor Teacher, Numeracy Coach and Site Supervisor.
Two summers ago, I had the pleasure of piloting our first Unity Sprouts nature based classroom. I grew up on a family dairy farm and as a child spent most of my time outdoors. I love to garden and have large vegetable and flower gardens. Register at this link:


Introducing Our Keynote Speaker for the MaineAEYC Spring Conference!

We are happy to introduce Catherine Maryse Anderson as our keynote speaker for our Storytelling Conference on April 8, 2017 at Thomas College.  Register online today at https://maineaeyc.org/spring2017-registration/ 

Catherine Maryse Anderson is the Education and Community Outreach Director of Ovations Offstage at Portland Ovations. In this capacity she has designed arts education integration programs for students statewide from PreK through high school. In addition to curating the Ovations Offstage School-Time Performance Series, she also delivers in-school workshops for students and educators to connect the classroom to the performing arts and back again. Catherine also has an extensive 15-year background as a public school literacy and humanities teacher in Portland, Maine. She spent two years as a literacy coach for Portland Public Schools and led statewide symposiums on building educator capacity for cross-cultural competency in the classroom from early childcare through college.  She was a runner up for theTeaching Tolerance Educator of the Year. Catherine has been involved in ongoing performing arts projects for twenty years and is a published poet and essayist. She is also the mother of two young people of color, ages 9 and 12, who she credits with upping her game as both an educator and human being in the last 13 years.

Announcing Our Closing Gathering Activity for the Upcoming Storytelling Conference

The Great ThunderChicken Drum is our closing gathering activity for the Storytelling Conference on April 8, 2017 at Thomas College.  Register online today at https://maineaeyc.org/spring2017-registration/ 

The Great ThunderChicken Drum is an open teaching Drum, for people
of all ages to learn about Native culture and participate in singing
songs in both English and Mi’qmak.  Even the smallest children, as well
as those who are hearing impaired, can feel the power of the Drum, a
healing power.  The drummers, all local, welcome participation, as the
songs are for sharing.

The Great ThunderChicken Drum, named after the Greater Prairie
Chicken, has performed at the Common Ground Fair, The Ceremony of 8000
Drums, schools, retirement centers, memorial services, town festivals,
Boy and Girl Scout gatherings, and weddings.  The Song Leader, Tom
Thornton, is a Sun Dance Singer. The Drum will host the Spring Equinox
Ceremony of 8000 Drums at the Palermo Community Center on Turner Ridge
Road in Palermo on Sunday, March 19th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed
by a potluck feast.  All are welcome to join in!  Call 993-2294 for
further info.

Pictured: standing: Mike Dunn and Judy Thornton.  Seated: Phil
White Hawk, Cindy Keller, Tom Thornton, and Laura Sullivan. Not shown:
Connie Bellet.