Educate Maine

With the publication of its third statewide “snapshot” of Maine’s education pipeline, Educate Maine, the business-led education advocacy organization, has once again focused a spotlight on where our students stand. “Education Indicators for Maine” provides the latest data and benchmarks for 10 indicators, from preschool participation to Mainers with college degrees.

This year’s report finds progress in some areas, but also a widening achievement gap among students from lower-income families. According to Educate Maine’s Executive Director Ed Cervone, this gap “starts early in life and follows kids throughout their education experience.”

The Maine Community Foundation is committed to increasing the number of Maine citizens with college degrees. Among our strategies is a special focus on supporting adult learners, which may help lower-income families move toward closing the gap. Longer-term strategies include fostering partnerships for broader statewide support of these learners; helping families save for college; and investing in early childhood learning.    

Educate Maine will host its fourth annual Education Symposium and 18th annual Leadership Luncheon in Portland on Friday, December 11. Keynote speaker is Shanna Peeples, 2015 National Teacher of the Year. Agenda is here; you can register here.

Photo: A student at Eastern Maine Community College celebrates her graduation with her daughter. Image courtesy Maine Community College System

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  •  A statewide leader
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  •  A significant source for scholarships
  •  A steward of charitable assets
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What's New

Leading for change: In a time of leadership transition at the Maine Community Foundation, we've focused our fall newsletter, Maine Ties, on the topic of leaders—who they are, how they lead, what their vision is for making a difference in Maine.

An inspiring evening: Author Monica Wood offered stories about community and a preview of her new novel, "The One-In-A-Million Boy," to a captive audience at Hannaford Hall during the Maine Community Foundation's annual Inspiring Philanthropy celebration. View the photos on Facebook or Flikr.

Voices of Giving returns: What does giving mean to you? Join MaineCF and MPBN all month for Voices of Giving to hear the stories of listeners across the state.

What are the tools to achieve racial equity in Maine? For teens in Lewiston, it's coaching to become leaders and role models for a growing immigrant community. Read the story of Tree Street Youth and other People of Color Fund grant recipients in our report

In the news: What's next as Maine's nonprofit leaders retire? MaineCF's new president and CEO weighs in. Learn more about the foundation's impact across Maine and read the latest news from MaineCF.


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