Regional Middle School Teacher Communities with Vital Signs

The Vital Signs Team is working with middle school educators from across the state who are excited about bringing more authentic science investigations into their classrooms. These regional teacher communities (RTCs) are focused on building community in rural teacher communities, enhancing teacher practice, and increasing student interest and success in science.

We are working with middle school educators who are already doing a range of science investigations in the classroom and those who may not do as many authentic science investigations as they would like. It is all about learning from and with your peers, being introduced to new opportunities and techniques, and being part of a supportive community of teachers working to integrate more authentic science into the classroom.

What participation looks like:

  • Attend a 1-day community launch
  • Attend 4-5 additional in-person or virtual meet-ups
  • Share individual, ongoing reflections, and classroom artifacts

Benefits of Participation

  • $250 stipend
  • Up to $200 for classroom resources and equipment to support science investigations in the classroom
  • Contact hours for each community event
  • Mileage reimbursement for travel to in-person meetings
  • Substitute reimbursement to your school for the launch event day
  • Being part of a supportive community of teachers
We currently have RTCs in the following communities:
  • Hancock County
  • Western Maine (Franklin & Oxford counties)
  • Coming soon to Midcoast Maine (Lincoln, Knox & Waldo: launch - September 29 at Bigelow Labs)! Apply here.
  • Coming soon to Washington County (Launch date Oct. 2017 - date and location TBD) Apply here.

Email for more information.