Join us in making it a reality.
Ed Forum was founded this year as a transformation of the Maine Association for Charter Schools (MACS), an organization with a twenty-year legacy of commitment to high-quality education in Maine for all students.
This year we have:
- Broadened our mission,
- Developed a new 3-year strategic plan,
- Hired a new executive director, and
- Expanded our board.
2020 changed everything. And we responded.
The events of 2020 cracked the education system wide open. We all committed to moving from improvisation to innovation, yet despite that a culture of division can define the discourse for finding the best way forward.
In response, we expanded our mission, broadening the scope to address the urgent need for systemic change throughout the full educational system in Maine. Public charter schools, once our focus, remain an important tool, among many, for change. However, this moment provides us with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a truly 21st century system—one that is flexible and responsive and that recognizes no single group can do it alone. We must act together.
Innovative approaches are happening in many pockets across Maine—from preK to higher education, from Katahdin to Kittery. What we need now is focused and intentional collaboration among all stakeholders: youth, parents, educators, business, and government. Together we can answer the most urgent questions.
- How do we ignite a passion for learning in all people?
- How do we give education professionals the time, space, and resources to creatively respond to current and future needs?
- How do we create a sustainable economy through a birth to post-secondary system of education that is future focused, flexible, and designed to meet emerging needs of Maine industries?
Ed Forum is dedicated to being the catalyst for collaboration toward a thriving future for all.
Starting in January 2022, we will bring you insights on Maine education news, interviews with education leaders, links to virtual and live events, updates on Maine ED 2050, and ways to get involved.
Maine needs every one of us to invest in our educational systems—for our youth, for our communities, and for our future.