Cast the Vision: Designing Maine's Model

Join us at the first ever statewide ELO Vision Casting Conference - December 1-2, 2021


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JMG, in collaboration with GEAR UP Maine, is excited to sponsor a statewide conference focused on expanding access to, and increasing capacity for, Extended Learning Opportunities for Maine high school students through visioning together about what the Maine Model for ELOs can look like.

Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs) are hands-on, credit-bearing courses outside of the traditional classroom with an emphasis on community-based career exploration. They are highly personalized experiences that provide an opportunity for students to connect real-world experiences with traditional academic instruction. Frequently, these experiences include job shadows, internships, and community interviews in combination with reflection and traditional academic components aligned with Maine Learning Standards. 

The Vision Casting Conference will provide opportunity for individuals across the state to share various models and programs and ask the questions:

  • What would expanding this mean for Maine? 
  • What would this mean for my community? 
  • What barriers would I find in my own school & community in this? 
  • What would my next step be to implementation?

The Statewide ELO Vision-Casting Conference will be held from December 1st to December 2nd at the Samoset Resort in Rockland, Maine, and is open to educators across the state interested in learning more about how to bring this programming to their schools. The conference is free to all attendees, but space is limited. Masking will be required in all indoor public spaces and space will be provided for social distancing. Maine educators selected to attend the conference will be notified by November 1, 2021.


Applications to attend the conference are available here.

Agenda and Sessions Overview available here.