Professional Development

Upcoming Events in Maine

What: Maine Afterschool Network Professional Development, Meeting and Appreciation Luncheon
When: May 4, 2018
Where: Augusta, ME
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What: Fostering Equity and Justice for Youth Conference

When: June 28-29, 2018
Where: Bangor, ME
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Upcoming National Events

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Past Maine Events

Date: June 29-30th 2017 (Pre-conference summer training academy June 28th)
What: Creating Positive Climates for Youth

When: June 29-30th. Pre-conference summer training academy June 28th. 
Where: Holiday Inn by the Bay
Address: Portland, Maine
More information & Registration: 

The Maine Event: Creating Positive Climates for Youth is the 2017 combined annual conference of the Positive Youth Development Institute (PYDI) and the Collaborative for Perpetual Innovation (CPI). For professionals interacting with youth in or out of school, this conference offers the latest in research and practice in creating climates positive for everyone and strategies in social trust and youth development. Come visit the beautiful state of Maine this June and attend.

Date: October 17, 2016

When: October 17th 2016
Where: Black Bear Inn and Conference Center
Address: 4 Godfrey Dr, Orono, ME 04473
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Organized by Maine Resilience Building Network.

Date: October 18, 2016

When: October 18th 2016
Where: Hilton Garden Inn
Address: 5 Park Street Freeport, ME 04032
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Organized by Maine Resilience Building Network.

Date: June 27-29, 2015
What: Positive Youth Development Institute (June 27-28) & Summer Learning Academy (June 29)

When: June 27-28 & June 29
Where: University of Southern Maine 
Price:  $225/per event
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Date: September 17, 2015
What: Maine State of Learning Showcase Event
When:  4:00-7:00pm
Where: Circus Conservatory of America , Thompson’s Point, Portland

There will be demonstrations, performances, and interactive activities. Snacks and light fare will be available from Portland food trucks, including Mami, a new addition featuring Japanese street food. Come see what MSOL is all about and discover what is in store for the next phase of this initiative.

What is Maine State of Learning (MSOL)?

MSOL is a new project fueled by public and private partnerships across the state of Maine to provide more learning opportunities to Maine citizens of all ages, recognize that learning through digital badges, and connect it to statewide proficiency standards, career pathways and personal goals. By highlighting learning and culture within regions around the state, bringing free learning options online, and connecting those experiences to state guidelines and industries, every citizen in Maine, including underrepresented or at-risk populations, will have the opportunity to benefit.

For more information please contact

Maine State of Learning founding partners – Breakwater Learning, Maine Afterschool Network, Badge Labs, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Educate Maine, the Learning Through Technology Team at the Maine Department of Education, and the University of Maine – and a cohort of Maine-based learning providers, including Baxter Academy, Portland Public Schools, The Telling Room, Maine 4-H, Skowhegan ASP, Engine, The Maine Game, Wolf’s Neck Farm, Portland Trails, Cultivating Community, Western Foothills Kids Association, Maine Robotics, Scarborough Public Library, Portland Roots Media, GMRI, and Breakwater Enrichment Center.

Date: September 22, 2015

What: Maine Afterschool Network Free Quarterly Meeting
When:  9:30am-2:00pm
Where: Waterville Grand Hotel-Best Western

Price:  Free

Speaker: National Afterschool Alliance
Heidi Ham, Vice President,
Programs & Strategy

Reserve your Lunch today!

*You could win a registration to the March 2016  National Afterschool Association
Convention in Orlando, Florida ! (average value $500)

 Reserve your lunch ticket bySeptember 16, 2015: RSVP Today

2015 4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment

Train-the-Trainer Workshop (Oct. 6)

Participate in a two hour training introducing this year’s 4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment “Motion Commotion.” The 4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment train-the-trainer workshop will offer 2 hours of professional development for 4-H volunteers, after-school and child care providers, teachers, or library staff. The workshop will be delivered on three different dates (September 10, 11, and October 6, 2015) via distance learning, to sites around the state. Registration will close 10 days prior to the training.

Cost: $30 for non-enrolled volunteers; $10 for currently enrolled 4-H volunteers (volunteers must confirm with Jessy Brainerd at or 207.581.3877 for the coupon code to receive this reduced rate).

Register Online

Participants will

  • be introduced to 4-H Science curriculum that’s research-based and easy to use;
  • learn how to deliver 4-H “Motion Commotion,” an introductory force and motion activity;
  • receive curriculum and materials to deliver 4-H “Motion Commotion” with youth; and
  • be asked to host at least one NYSD experiment with youth within 2 months of training.

Participants must complete the full training to receive certificate and materials. Successful completion of the program includes materials for 10 people to complete the 4-H “Motion Commotion” experiment.

Training dates, times, and locations

September 10, 10:00 a.m.

  • Falmouth, UMaine Extension Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive

September 10, 6:30 p.m.

  • Ellsworth, UMaine Extension, 63 Boggy Brook Road
  • Houlton, Sheriff’s Department, 25 School Street, suite 210
  • Lisbon Falls, UMaine Extension, 24 Main Street
  • Newcastle, Lincoln Academy, 81 Academy Hill Road

September 11, 3:30 p.m.

  • Machias, UMaine Extension, 28 Center Street
  • Searsport, Searsport Elementary School, 30 Mortland Road

October 6, 6:30 p.m.

  • Bangor, UMaine Extension Caribou Hall, 307 Maine Avenue
  • Ellsworth, UMaine Extension, 63 Boggy Brook Road
  • Machias, UMaine Extension, 28 Center Street
  • Skowhegan, UMaine Extension, 7 County Drive
  • Orono, UMaine (location to be determined)

For more information about 4-H and how to become a volunteer.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Jessy Brainerd at 207.581.3877 or 1.800.287.0274 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

More Information about the 2015 4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment

4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) is the world’s largest youth-led science experiment. On October 7, 2015, millions of young people will take part in this year’s NYSD experiment, Motion Commotion, to learn about physics, speed and safety!

Learn more details about the experiment by visiting

Date: November 4, 2015
What: Beyond the Bell: A training for Afterschool and Expanded Learning Programs

When:  9:00 – 3:00
Where: Presque Isle, Maine (place to be announced)
Price:  Free

Register: or by phone 207-205-3126
Where: Circus Conservatory of America , Thompson’s Point, Portland
Whether you are a community-based or school-based program, afterschool programs make a real difference in young people’s lives. As the field has grown and matured, so has the need for continuous quality improvement. The American Institute of Research has developed resources on program planning, implementing and evaluating programs that can be accessed through their toolkit: Beyond the Bell.

This hands on free training is available for programs who would like to increase their knowledge and skills in:

  1. Program management – Developing foundational structures, policies, procedures, and practices that are critical to successfully operating a program.
  2. Program design – Developing a set of overarching goals and action steps to create a plan for your program that is based on assets and grounded in principles of youth development.
  3. Partnerships and collaboration – Partnering with schools, families, and the community to support effective program implementation.
  4. Program delivery – Implementing core components of your program design and integrating youth development practices into activities.
  5. Evaluation – Providing programs with the information they need to answer important questions and make improvements.
  6. Improvement – Bringing all of the pieces together (developing, implementing, and evaluating to improve your program.)

Margaret Jones, M.Ed is a consultant with an area of expertise in adolescent substance abuse and positive youth development. As the former Director of Prevention Services for an adolescent substance abuse agency, she was responsible for program development, management and supervision of up to ten programs and staff.

She has acted as a technical assistant specialist on a federal grant funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse and managed by the RAND Corporation and Search Institute. She currently works as a consultant with the Maine Afterschool Network with on improving outcomes by developing goals, objectives and evaluation instruments to promote positive youth development.

This training is sponsored by the Maine Afterschool Network and FREE of charge to registered participants. (SPACE IS LIMITED)

or phone 207-205-3126


Date: December 8, 2015
What: Maine Afterschool Quarterly Meeting
When: 9:30am to 2:00pm
Where: Freeport Maine
Price:  Free
Speaker: TBA