What is Maine ED 2050?

Maine ED 2050 is a statewide project to bring communities, educators, and youth together to discuss how education and schooling can be designed for personal, civic, and economic thriving in the next few decades. We have clear goals in our Maine Economic Development plans for 2030, but we don’t yet have a clear connection between our goals and how our system of K-12 education will help us achieve them. And, the youth mental health crisis here in Maine tells us we need to be looking deeply at how we can design school to center wellbeing while preparing all youth to matter in their communities. 

We are hosting 150+ small, guided focus group conversations to learn from Mainers in every county. Libraries, schools, community organizations, universities, and industry groups can help by signing up to host conversations. Major Maine industry leaders from farming to healthcare are also participating in the project so we can learn how school can develop the capacities most needed for success in Maine jobs. 100% of what we learn is available publicly on our online platform. Community leaders, employers, educators, journalists, and policy makers can use the data to align their priorities with what is most meaningful to Mainers. The platform will launch in June 2022!

At the Fall Education Innovation 2022 Summit we will use the data collected, as well as other education reports, to inform our next steps to help our system evolve toward a thriving future for all. The Summit is a kick-off event to create a strong network committed to designing and supporting an education system for the Maine our communities want, beyond political administration changes. Major education stakeholders will be invited to engage in the collaboration needed to move forward.

We are glad to be partnering with Educate Maine and Maine Resilience Building Network to sponsor this project. You can read more and sign up to join by going to our project website.


How can I get involved?

  • Sign up to attend a conversation yourself. It only takes 60-90 minutes!
  • Invite your organization, community, school, or circle of friends to participate in a conversation.
  • Sign up to host a conversation. We provide everything you need!
  • Sign on as a collaborating organization to spread the word and attend the Summit.
  • Support the project by becoming a sponsor. We need your Maine businesses to help make this project possible by sponsoring at a variety of levels. 




Join our Maine Educator Network

Anyone working in preK-16 education in Maine is welcome to join! Network members have access to all of the activities below. Find us on Mighty Networks under the group name “What School Could Be in Maine.” There is a brief screening process to ensure that the group is used as intended. (If you prefer to attend gatherings but not use the online platform, just let us know on the interest form below.)

Classroom educators taking small steps together: Gather monthly on Zoom with WSCB coaches and fellow Maine educators to discuss innovative classroom practices, share experiences and learning, and gain confidence. Or simply use the online platform to ask questions, post resources, and share ideas. 

Education professionals changing the system together: Join a monthly Zoom to look at systemic change in education and how we can each play a part in the renewal of our education systems for a thriving Maine. Our conversations move between micro and macro and are intended to help us understand the impact we can have every day while also creating understanding that can lead to action at the school, district, and state level.

Cost: None, although please consider making a donation to help cover the costs to Ed Forum. 

Next step: Register your interest HERE

Watch this short video of teachers sharing why WSCB is meaningful to them.

Join our Seed Schools Network

Gather a principal and a teacher or teachers who have innovative ideas they are excited to implement in Fall 2022. Share your ideas with us ASAP, meet other participants from Maine, and over the summer you’ll receive implementation coaching to make sure you start the school year well. During the year you’ll get personalized coaching and implementation support that your school needs and requests from WSCB coaches.

Cost: Accessible to everyone! You can fill out a very simple grant application in 20 minutes. The goal is to include schools, not screen them.

Next step: Register your interest HERE.


Be a Future Ready Work Skills Project partner

Help a student learn skills through a project of their choice that serves your community and makes them more employable. These are student-driven, student- led projects that benefit from teacher or community-member support such as mentoring, facilitated connections to community members, access to space for work to be accomplished. Teachers are not expected to teach a course!

Participants will gather via Zoom in Summer 2022.

Cost: None. Ted Dintersmith is offering financial support for the student projects as well as coaching for the teachers or community members involved.

Next step: Register your interest HERE.


 Youth-Led Community Resilience Building

Listen to ME provides a process for high school student leaders to design and run a qualitative research project focused on their school’s specific needs, lasting a month, a semester, or a school year. We collaborate with school leaders to ensure solid preparation for project success — from inception to analysis to action steps for adult-youth collaborative response to learnings. Local Voices Network provides artificial intelligence (AI) analysis of conversation data and project support, connecting high school students with researchers at the Center for Constructive Communication at MIT.

Projects include interdisciplinary learning opportunities for students in statistics, data analysis, group facilitation, written and verbal communication, project management, and community engagement. Youth learn how to listen, share openly, interpret, prioritize, and collaborate with adults toward meaningful solutions. School leaders learn what their students are experiencing and how to approach collaboration that leads to a more connected school community and a learning environment that helps all students thrive.

Students who feel seen, heard, and understood are more likely to stay in school. Youth who contribute meaningfully to their school community feel they matter. Schools that work collaboratively with high school youth set their students on a path to productive civic engagement. Communities that value each member’s perspectives and wellbeing are places where youth want to stay and invest themselves. Listen to ME provides the support schools, districts, and communities need to grow together.