Maine Educators Consortium Courses designed by educators for Educators Sat, 26 Sep 2015 18:21:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ESL/ELL Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:34:47 +0000 Learn more »]]>

EDPX 561 Teaching  English Grammar for ESL Learners (new)
October  12 – November 22  |    Registrations close October 5, 2015

This course is for classroom teachers (K-12, ESL, EFL). This course teaches the most common ELL grammar points in an accessible way through real ELL errors with suggested teaching techniques and relevant grammar terminology. The four objectives of the course are to help teachers: (1) identify common ELL grammar points and understand the details associated with each one; (2) improve their ability to answer any grammar question on the spot (when on the “hot seat”); (3) anticipate common ELL errors by grammar point, by first language, and by proficiency level; and (4) develop more effective grammar/language learning lessons.   The presentation of each of the 15 keys (grammar points) features information on typical ELL errors, an accessible grammar explanation including examples of mistakes, a native language interference chart, and ideas for teaching the grammar point.

Required Text:“Keys to Teaching Grammar to English Language Learners: A Practical Handbook (Michigan Teacher Training) Paperback – January 5, 2009 by Keith S. Folse  (Author)ISBN-10: 0472032208
ISBN-13: 9780472032204


Teaching Science to ESL (ELL) Learners (new)
Coming next Semester

Description coming soon.



Required Text: Coming soon


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Special Education Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:08:43 +0000 Learn more »]]> EDPX 576 Assistive Technology in Special Education (new)

October 9 – November 22 | Registration Closes October 2, 2015

This course focuses on the use of assistive technology to increase the independence and participation of students with disabilities in schools by providing them with access to the curriculum.  With an emphasis on both the relationship between assistive technology and learning and on how assistive technology can be integrated into the curriculum, this course assesses the school-related tasks that students with special needs must perform in order to be successful. Additionally, this course will examine descriptions of technology-based solutions, presenting obstacles in clear, engaging prose.

 Students will review a series of technologies to help readers zero in on specific, powerful, cutting-edge resources they can use to enhance success. We will look at new tools to improve and compensate for challenges relating to speaking, understanding, reading, writing, thinking and remembering, as well as strategies to help students become more organized and efficient. The use of tablets such as the iPad and smartphones, as well as cloud-based products, are highlighted. Online resources and social networking tools are presented to empower readers to learn about new products as they become available. [1]

Required Text:  Assistive Technology in Special Education 2E: Resources for Education, Intervention, and Rehabilitation 2nd Edition by Joan Green ISBN-13: 978-1618210845


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Adult Education Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:07:53 +0000 Learn more »]]> EDPV 592 Adult Literacy
September  21- November 15 | Registration Closes September 14, 2015

Adult Literacy explores adult literacy research, theory, programming, and instructional practices of adult literacy.  The course examines the role of adult education as it pertains to adult learners’ needs and their roles as parents, workers, and community members.  The course addresses a broad range of topics, including adult learning theories, considerations for English language learners, reading and numeracy, health literacy, workforce and corrections education, and transitioning adults to postsecondary education or training. Readings and activities will draw on theoretical and practical aspects of adult education and family literacy.

This course offers “a practical guide , along with an array of methodologies, for the practitioner dealing with the major aspects of understanding and facilitating adult learning, including the characteristics of a good teacher of adults, how to identify one’s teaching style and what it means in terms of teaching adult learners, teaching strategies, and dilemmas faced by teachers of adults”.[1]

Required Text: Adult Learning Methods: A Guide for Effective Instruction ISBN: 9781575242323


EDPX 552 Philosophy of Adult Education

September  21- November 15 | Registration Closes September 14, 2015

This course addresses the history and principles of adult education applied to the development and implementation of programs in remedial, occupational, continuing and lifelong learning.

Topics to be presented will include the history and philosophy of adult education, the nature of the adult learner, curriculum and teaching strategies for adult learners, agencies and programs in adult education and problems and issues facing the field. Also included will be an overview of the major theories and research in adult learning, forces that influence today’s adult learner including globalization, the knowledge society, technology, and demographic changes and foundational learning theories. Andragogy and transformative learning will be examined.

Required Text: Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice (Hardcover) by Sharan B. Merriam, Laura L. Bierema.ISBN-13: 9781118130575


EDPX 546   Career And Vocational Counseling –

September  21- November 15 | Registration Closes September 14, 2015

The focus of this course is on the practice of career counseling, examined through the basic techniques and resources useful in supporting the theories of career choice and development. The use of the Internet as a “career counseling” tool is emphasized; emerging issues such as Web-based counseling are explored; and case studies illustrate authentic counseling strategies and techniques in action. A new look at such areas as using group counseling methods in job searches and using the resume to inspire the development of career goals. This course will provide a highly practical look at the practice of career counseling today.

This course will take students step-by-step through the actual career counseling process, from initial interview through termination. This course will clearly define the profession and the competencies counselors need to pursue as part of their training. [1]

[1] Adapted from

Required Text:    

Essential Elements of Career Counseling: Processes and Techniques, 3/E Norman E. Amundson, University of British Columbia, JoAnn E Harris-Bowlsbey, Loyola College, Maryland, Spencer G. Niles, Pennsylvania State University ISBN-10: 0132850648 • ISBN-13: 9780132850643


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A little nervous about taking an online course? Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:49:54 +0000 Learn more »]]> A little nervous about taking an online course? Check out our new six minute video demo that walks you through 
step-by-step how to register for a course, participate in group discussions, instructions and assignments, and how to pass in your work. This demo has been designed to give teachers and school administrators an opportunity to explore MEC’s online courses to experience how they work and also what a valuable tool these courses can be.

This short video is packed with detailed information to make your experience easy. First, you are shown how to register for a course through our secure registration provider called 1-2-3 Sign Up. Once your complete your registration process you will be given a conformation email that will include the start date for your selected course, a list of texts and any required instructions, and an itemized bill. If your school administration is covering your tuition then this itemized bill may be submitted to the appropriate personnel.

Two weeks before your course begins you will receive an email from our director with instructions and a web address for your course through Moodle. The director will also assign you a username and password so that you may access your Moodle account. There will also be a demo course provided to give you an opportunity to explore how to use Moodle and also to give you a sense of what to expect form your selected course. This demo will include information for what you will need for each week of your classes such as assignments, readings and class discussions. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with how Moodle works therefore making your first day of class smooth sailing.

Note that our fall courses are now open for registration! Please make sure to take a look at our calendar of classes and register before the deadlines. CLICK HERE

If you are still feeling nervous after watching this demo or if you have more questions please feel free to contact Donna Cameron at or call (207) 634-4413.


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2013 COURSE SUMMER SCHEDULE for Maine Educators Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:32:29 +0000 Learn more »]]> 2013-Summer-Classes-Maine-EducatorsGearing Up For Summer

Summer is a fantastic time for brushing up on skills, learning new tools, and making new connections. MEC offers a variety of dynamic courses that can help you improve your skills and meet State of Maine certification regulations, and increase your salary potential, while at the same time enjoying your summer vacation. Curious to learn more? Explore our website to learn more about how we can help you to improve and advance your career!

Announcing New Courses

We are very excited to announce our summer schedule of courses! Take a look and see what fits your needs. If you have any questions call us at 207-634-4413 or visit our contact page HERE.

Anticipated: Federal and Maine Special Education Law
EDPA 586 The Teaching of Digital Citizenship July 15 – August 19, 2013
EDPA 584 Standards Based Curriculum Development
EDPS 598 Common Core Math Standards – Integration and Implementation
EDPE 599 Project Based Learning for Health Educators July 8 – August 12, 2013
EDPA 589 Technology for the School Librarian Part 1
EDPA 516 Educating Gifted/Talent Students

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Check It Out!

Also, there are new exciting things happening at the state level. The Maine Department of Education released Response to Intervention (RTI) Guidelines in October 2012, which you can find here

“The Maine Department of Education has created this website to help schools and teachers identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions and adjust the intensity of those interventions depending on a student’s responsiveness, and identify students with learning disabilities or other disabilities.” – RTI website


Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Donna Cameron, Director
Maine Educator’s ConsortiumOnline Classes for Maine Educators
207-634-4413 |

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Chicadee Award Course Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:57:39 +0000 Learn more »]]>  

What do you want to do in your classroom or school this year?  We have a class for that!   Extending the Chickadee Award is designed with you in mind.

What is the Chickadee Award?

           The Chickadee Award is Maine’s only children choice awarded to children’s picture books.  Students actually cast their vote from a pre-selected list of picture books that they have been exposed to either in their classroom or library.  Carolyn Hall, founder of the Chickadee Award and instructor of the course states, “It is a really big deal to have children vote for their favorite book–very different from adults always naming award winners in children’s literature.  Children are empowered to think about what they like–and don’t like–about books, and their opinions are heard and valued.”

Administrators, teachers and librarians can use these books to introduce reading strategies, complement units of study,  model the tools necessary to become informed voters,  or develop a community of readers throughout a school–the possibilities are amazing.  Does the thought of such a project excite you, but stop you in your tracks at the same time?

Course EDPR 546; Extending the Chickadee Award

           Not just for librarians, the course is designed to assist you with your goals of integrating the Chickadee Award books into your plans, curriculum, or special occasions.  From designing a school wide ‘voting’ day, to classroom read-alouds, or high school-preschool reading buddies, the course will guide you from the idea stage to the implementation stage with success.  “It is truly about what each participant wants to do, and I use my background and experience to encourage and support and help with their ideas,” Carolyn shares.

A Bit More about Carolyn Hall

           Carolyn is not only the founder of the Chickadee Award, she has over 30 years experience in education.  Her expertise as an educator coupled with her passion for the Chickadee books makes for a dynamic combination as she works with each individual student to successfully implement their Chickadee Award plans.  Carolyn is enthusiastic about helping each student regardless of his or her goals, “I can help those interested in the Chickadee Award to find simple ways to get started or those who want to stretch to another level.”  She modestly states that she knows ‘a bit’ about organizing school-wide activities and that “The course isn’t about me and what I’ve done at all.  It is truly about what each participant wants to do, and I use my background and experience to encourage and support and help with their ideas.”


Course registration closes September 17th for this class, so register before it is too late.  For more information contact us at

by Susan Joakim

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Flipping: The New Educational Buzz Word Thu, 16 Aug 2012 16:29:28 +0000 Learn more »]]> by Susan Joakim

Flipping the Classroom

No, you won’t be asked to do cartwheels, or turn desks upside down, but if you are asked to flip your classroom, you will need to flip your thinking.

According to Crystal Kirch, creator of What is the Flipped Classroom?, a flipped classroom is “A classroom that uses videos/podcasts as instructional tools to help time-shift the instruction of concepts so students receive the most support when they are working on the heaviest cognitive load.”  Okay, take a breath.  Time-shift is not referring to some quantum physics or Star Trek race around the sun.  It is a concept that shifts the timing of lessons.  In traditional teaching the teachers are most present during instruction on new concepts, but when the classroom is flipped, teachers are most present during the process of understanding new concepts.

Crystal uses videos and podcasts to flip her classroom, but some will argue that technology is not needed.  Brian Bennett, science teacher and keynote speaker at the 2012 Flipped Learning Conference in Chicago writes, “Flipping is so much more than using video to deliver content. It is a mindset that requires you to totally rethink the way teachers and students interact on a day to day basis.”

Flipping will look very different depending upon the grade level and subject; however, the ultimate goal is to increase all students’ understanding of the material and motivation for learning.  Students in Flipped classrooms are invested in their own learning.  Indeed, Flipping has even been credited with reducing behavior issues in the classroom The Effect of Affect.

If you are interested in trying a flipped lesson, you need not worry about creating one yourself.  Visit Sophia for hundreds of flipped lessons available for you to use free!

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For your convenience, all of our courses are conducted ONLINE. Our courses have been approved by the Maine Department of Education for certification purposes. Please note, some course have also been approved for initial certification, all courses have been approved for re-certification.

COURSE CREDITS – Each course is offered as a 3 graduate level credits (unless stated otherwise).


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Check it out! New Courses New Web Design Thu, 07 Jun 2012 13:23:14 +0000 Learn more »]]> Check our out new website- new colors, new designs and lots of  new courses!

Registrations will be closing on:
June 12, 2012  EDPR 593 Digital Storytelling with IMovie
June 18, 2012  EDPF 564 Elementary Science Methods
June 18, 2012  EDPR 538 Methods of Teaching Health
June 18, 2012  EDPR 555 Methods of Teaching Middle & High School Science  
June 19, 2012   EDPR 537 Methods of Teaching Middle & Secondary school English Language Arts
June 20, 2012  EDPR 556 Methods of Teaching a Foreign Language
June 20, 2012  EDPR 597 Thematic Units, Online and Recharged
June 20, 2012  EDPF 582 Using Blogs and Wikis in the Classroom
June 22, 2012  EDPF 553 Elem & Middle School Math Methods
June 24, 2012  EDPF 505 School Finance And Budget
June 25, 2012  EDPM 583 PART 1 Digital Info for K–12 Educators (Making the most of your Macbook)
June 25, 2012  EDPM 593 PART 2 Digital Info for K–12 Educators (Making the most of your Macbook)
July 2, 2012  EDPM 538 Teaching the Exceptional Student                                                               
July 2, 2012   Community Relations
July 2, 2012 EDPF 513 Supervision and Evaluation
July 2, 2012 EDPF 518 Organizational Theory and Planning
July 2, 2012 EDPO 518 Federal and Maine Law for Administrators
July 2, 2012 EDCM 525 Introduction to Communication
July 2, 2012 EDPR 532 Response to Intervention
July 2, 2012 EDPF 556 Elementary Reading Methods
July 2, 2012 EDPF 547 Methods of Teaching Elementary Social Studies
July 9, 2012 EDPM 559 Children\’s Literature
July 9, 2012 EDPR 553 Collection Development 6 credits
July 9, 2012 Extending the Chickadee Award
July 9, 2012 EDPO 505 Library Media
July 2, 2012 EDPR 536 Methods of Teaching Social Studies for Middle/Secondary
July 2, 2012 EDPR 577 Best Practices for ParaProfessionals (6 credits)
July 2, 2012 EDPO 524 Paraprofessionals as Effective Practitioners



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TECHNOLOGY Fri, 27 Apr 2012 20:10:11 +0000 Learn more »]]> All courses are ON-LINE  and are awarded 3 college graduate level credits (unless otherwise stated)

(and Sharing Together -An Introduction to Google Docs, Google Earth, and Wikispaces )

October 19 – December 14 | Registration closes October 12, 2015
The technologies being focused on in this course will be Google Docs (presentation, word processor, spreadsheet, and forms), Google Earth (exploring existing resources on the web and creating our own), and Wikispaces. This instructional technology course is designed to provide teachers, administrators, and educational technicians with an understanding of the current and emerging technologies.  These technologies address essential skills for students growing up in our technology-driven society. During this course we will use collaborative applications and programs to facilitate teaching, learning and managing instruction. We will also be exploring and applying various learning theories including constructivist, and cooperative and collaborative learning.  Discussions will focus on trends and current uses of technology in Maine’s technology rich classrooms. Students will work on integrating these emerging technologies within their own curriculum and will be designing technology enhanced lessons and projects.

Required Text:  ISBN-10: 1412977479  Richardson, Will, (2010), Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms, 3rd edition, Corwin.



EDPM 583 Digital Information for K-12 Educators (getting to know your Macbook)  Part 1

September 21 – November 15 | Registration Closes September 14
This class is designed to teach you the very basics of the Mac platform. You will be introduced to a variety of OS X features including but not limited to: Understanding OS X (i.e. navigating, saving, and organizing files/folders), keyboard shortcuts, troubleshooting (hardware and software), and becoming familiar with programs as they apply to your curriculum area. As a learner, you will focus on your position in education and learn more about the features and programs/applications that best fit your needs.



EDPM 593 Digital Information for K-12 Educators (getting to know your Macbook)  Part 2

September 21 – November 15 | Registration Closes September 14

This course is an extension of EDPM 583-Getting to know your Macbook.  In part one, multi media programs  are introduced as tools for teaching and learning. In this course, programs as iMovie are explored more in depth. Participants will be introduced to Google Apps (Google docs, sites, presentation) and will examine their use for collaborative learning in the classroom. In addition, each participant will build a Google site and establish an Edmodo account. These two online hubs will be evaluated for use in the classroom.



EDPV 593  Teaching and Learning with iPads

September 21 – November 15 | Registration Closes September 14
This course is designed for teachers who are interested in using the iPad in their classroom to improve student learning. It is designed to help teachers who have never used an iPad before as well as those who have. The goal of this course is to help you become a skilled teacher who can plan, teach, assess, and reflect using this innovative technology. Connections to the Common Core State Standards, Lesson plans that effectively teach literacy and content through the use of technology, and Strategies for managing technology use in the classroom will be covered;’”

Required Text: ISBN-10: 0415732069 From Notepad to iPad : Using Apps and Web Tools to Engage a New Generation of Students




October 5 – November 17 | Registration Closes  September 28, 2015 
As individuals responsible for technology in schools, we must be able to support both staff and students as they learn to use technology more effectively. This course meets the DOE certification methods requirements by providing practical and understandable information about integrating technology in K-12 classrooms. The TPCK model and National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers -2nd Edition will be used to develop lessons and to examine how word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, telecommunications, multimedia and online software can be used to improve teaching and learning in all classrooms.

Please note; if you have participated in a course similar to this or have areas of weakness and/or strength you would like to address, the instructor will work with you to individualize as much as possible.

Required Text: Integrating Technology Into the Curriculum  By Shelly Frei, Amy Gammill and Sally Irons  Shell Education 5301 Oceanus Drive   Huntington Beach, CA 92649-1030
© 2007 Shell Education   ISBN:  978-1-4258-0379-7



EDPX 571 Multimedia in Education Empowering Students  (new)
October 19 – December 14 | Registration Closes October 12, 2015

This course addresses the need to help students use their knowledge to analyze, create, solve problems, communicate, collaborate, and innovate. This course offers the perfect, hands-on approach to using multimedia in everyday practice.

The course is centered around the easy-to-use DDD-E model—Decide, Design, Develop, and Evaluate—coupled with practical advice on how to effectively integrate the development of multimedia projects into classrooms. Focus is on student learning outcomes and such issues as classroom management, grouping alternatives, computer scheduling options, design stages, and assessments. Students will learn how to select and plan multimedia projects; use hypermedia programs and presentation and development tools; manage graphics, audio, and digital video; and create webpages. Project suggestions come complete with a scenario, overview, topics, and reproducible worksheets, and can be easily adapted for different grade levels.[1]

We’ll spend the time during this course exploring and integrating different types of media such as digital graphic arts, photography, printed design, stop motion animation, using hypermedia in presentations, and creating Google Map tours. Lots of applications to use both in and out of the classroom!!

Required Text:  Multimedia Projects in Education: Designing, Producing, and Assessing ISBN-10: 1598845349


EDPR 596 Discovering Online Tools for the Classroom

October 5 – November 17 | Registration Closes September 28, 2015
Discovering and Utilizing Online TOOLS in the Classroom” is intended for K-12 educators and provides hands-on experience in integrating online technologies that improve student learning and support instruction. Participants will be given opportunities to research, evaluate, organize, and develop online lessons, activities and resources that support the curriculum being taught and help the educator save much valued time in the classroom.

Selection, creation and implementation of appropriate instructional strategies, resources and materials will be addressed.  The role of technology in supporting the use of text-based or trade book learning in the content areas will be explored as well as the many classroom management technologies. Online environments such as Moodle, StudyWiz, WikiSpace, webquest and/or blogging software and online software like StudyStacks, Delicious, Rubistar, Starfall, etc. will be explored and evaluated for classroom use.

Required Text: November, Alan (2010) Empowering Students with Technology – 2nd Edition, Corwin ISBN 978-1-4129-7425-7 (pbk)



EDPM 592 Digital Storytelling with Imovie

Not offered this semester

Everybody’s got a story to tell, an experience to share, or a trip to showcase! In this class we’ll be learning how to plan a project using a story board, explore different ways to shoot video and pictures, and edit your video and pictures using tools in iMovie 09. We will also explore uses of digital media technology in the classroom and how to provide first-hand experience engaging with students using digital media. Participants will consider the challenges, benefits and pitfalls of educational application of communication technology through discussion of readings and experiences in public school classrooms. Questions addressed include: How do digital media shift the relationships between various sites of learning including the school, the home and the workplace? What are the challenges digital media present to teachers, students and schools? How do educational uses of digital media compare to older technologies such as pen and paper, textbooks, film cameras and analog video?  How do gender, class and age affect the way students and teachers respond to and learn digital media? How can Digital Story telling help improve our student’s learning.




EDPR 597 Thematic Units, Online and Recharged

Not offered this semester
“Thematic Units, Online and Recharged” provides hands-on experience integrating online technologies that improve student learning and support instruction with Thematic Units of Study. Participants will study and use Backwards Design to create and/or recreate thematic units that utilize online activities and tools. Participants will learn to use an online environment to host and implement their unit of study. All will meet on SKYPE July 15  then by appt as needed.

Recommended Text:   Understanding by Design

Prentice Hall; Expanded 2nd edition (July 24, 2005)
Grant Wiggins  Jay McTighe
ISBN-10: 0131950843



EDPF 582 Using Blogs and Wikis in the Classroom

Not Offered this Semester

Participants will learn to differentiate between the needs of the online and face to face learner. Participants will analyze online learning environments in an effort to apply what they have learned to the construction of an online environment designed for their own classroom. The key stages of Online Learning and Salmon’s Five-step model will be examined and applied to the development of a virtual classroom space complete with e-tivities, Internet resources, blogs, online classroom tools, email, and linklists.

Recommended Text:  Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts – and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms 3rd Edition Will Richardson ISBN 978-1-4129-7747-0




QUESTIONS? e-mail or call 207-634-4413

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