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AEA Update: 10/06/23 message from Lenny

Good Friday!

I am sure most of you are enjoying a PD Day and I truly hope whatever you are doing is something you are finding rewarding AND useful!! We have some great news for you about opportunities for you to connect with other Alternative Educators in the State of Maine!


At last year's well attended Spring Conference your feedback was overwhelming that you are wanting more time and opportunities to have conversations with other Alternative Educators throughout the state of Maine. As an Association we want to make sure we honor your requests and we are extremely excited to announce the following two possibilities for you.


Monthly "Coffee Hours" - We will be offering a monthly Google Meet where you can join in an open forum to discuss any issue/questions you might have or one's that the host bring to the table. For those of you who remember this was done during the early Covid times and was found to be very useful to those who attended. The first session will be October 11th from 2:30-3:30 and will be hosted by Chris Betts - Ellsworth HS and Cami Carter - Brewer Alternative Ed. Here is the link to the meeting:


AEA of Maine - "Coffee Hour" Wednesday, October 11 · 2:30 – 3:30pm Google Meet joining info Video call link: https://meet.google.com/gyy-ygye-kjy


Fall Conference - The AEA of Maine is also excited to announce a Fall Conference on November 9th at the University of Maine Augusta from 9:30-1:30 with the theme "Circle Up!" Again we have heard from you about wanting more time to talk to each other about those subjects that matter to you. The Fall Conference will be based on Circle Discussions at Tables with different themes, where you can sit and have conversations with your colleagues about those topics you are most interested in. This is an Excellent opportunity for you to Network with others who do the unique work we all do in Alternative Education.


Details -


  • Cost: The Fall Conference is $50 and the Spring Conference will once again be $125. You can register for them separately or you can register for both at the discounted cost of $150. (If for some reason you cannot attend the Spring Conference we will reimburse you the $100) Click Here for Payment Form Click Here for Registration Form

  • Date and Time: November 9th, 9:30-1:30 (Lunch will be provided and is included in cost)

  • Location: University Maine Augusta. Fireside Lounge in Randall Hall


Other AEA News:


  • Spring Conference - Save the Date - March 8th, Thomas College

  • Alternative Educator of the Year - Stay tuned for more information about nominating someone for the AEA of Maine Educator of the Year Award. The AEA of Maine will be changing the nominating format for this award which will give us more options to recognize deserving educators moving forward.

  • Reminder the option of the Maine Department of Education Diploma due to the Covid Disruption is available to graduating seniors for the next two years. There are no qualifiers, so any senior who had their education disrupted due to Covid is eligible for this Diploma (11 Credits Required) Reach out to me if you need more information.

Finally, Our district is looking to expand our Alternative Education Options to Middle School students. If you have a MS program, could you please reach out to me as I have a short survey I would love to send you. Thank you in advance for considering it.



Lenny Holmes MSAD #6 Director of Innovative Learning Pathways Alternative Education Association of Maine - President The Learning Center - Director Direct Line - 207.727.9105 Cell Phone - 207-281-3375

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