Online history resource for teachers launched

ELLSWORTH — The Maine Department of Education, in collaboration with the Maine Bicentennial Commission and the Maine Historical Society, has launched an online resource designed to help Maine teachers integrate Maine’s bicentennial into their classrooms. The Bicentennial Curriculum Initiative enables educators to share their own lesson plans, download lesson plans created by other Maine teachers and access new curriculum resources and primary documents related to Maine, its history and culture.

This initiative is supported by funding from Jane’s Trust and the Maine Bicentennial Commission.

Available through the Maine Memory Network, the statewide digital museum created by the Maine Historical Society features historical items, online exhibits and stories contributed by 270 organizations across Maine. The Bicentennial Curriculum Initiative is a resource designed to encourage and support Maine’s pre-kindergarten through adult educators in sharing ideas and best practices for implementing engaging and effective lessons to commemorate Maine’s bicentennial with Maine students. Educators are invited to visit the Bicentennial Education Initiative web page to search by grade level, topic, content area, standard and other fields for incredible ideas on how to commemorate our state’s bicentennial with students of all ages.

To submit a lesson plan, educators can visit

Educators who participate by sharing resources will have their names entered into a random monthly drawing (February 2020–December 2020) for $400 in cash for use in their classrooms. Public and private school teachers for grades pre-K to 12, career and technical educators, adult education instructors and postsecondary instructors are encouraged to participate.

For more information or to ask questions about the process, contact Kathleen Neumann at [email protected]

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