Rural Maine Attendance Summit

April 11th, 2019 @ Jeff's Catering in Brewer

$35 Per Person

Small school districts from across the state will gather at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer to hold a day-long summit with experts from across the state helping to turn the dial toward improvement in this area.

We know small rural school districts have to approach things differently than the bigger urban school districts. This summit will help generate more tools, and allow for the exchanging of ideas regarding the growing issues that are keeping kids from accessing the school house.

Chronic absenteeism is in the forefront of school accountability, we know that for every day lost, a student can decline in their achievement.

Any and all Rural Maine School Districts with less than about 1,000 students are invited to this conference to find ways to help with the chronic absentee issue that we are all facing everyday in our schools

Please come with a group of people (two or more) from your district. Staff whom you may wish to come are staff that deal with attendance issues such as Social Workers, Guidance, Principals, Lead Teachers, etc.


8:30 – Registration

9:00-10:15 - Welcome and Keynote(s):

*Emanuel Pariser, Director of Instruction at MeANS school in Hinckley, and oversees the Threshold program

*Brittany Ray, Director of the TREE -Transforming Rural Experiences in Education, Washington County, advocate state-wide

10:15 – Break

10:30-11:00 – Table Protocol –Exchange ideas (Move around work with people NOT from your district)

11:00 – Panel Questions / Answers

12:00 – Break / Lunch (Provided)

1:00 – Workshop Time WITH people from your district

2:30 - Day Concludes / Evaluations

Panel Participants for Q&A:

Dr. Catharine Biddle, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Maine

Susan Lieberman, Count Me In Maine

Martha Kempe, Head of Schools, Wayfinder Schools

Ashley Cirone, Transforming Rural Experiences in Education Coach

Laura Thomas, Transforming Rural Experiences in Education Coach

Sue Reed, Early Childhood Specialist MDOE