PEF Launches First Ever Community Wide Fundraising Campaign!

PEF launched its first ever community-wide fundraising campaign, “Together, Let’s Invest in Education!“ at the April 6th Portland Community Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Issues event. The goal of the campaign is to raise $50,000 by June 30, 2016 in support of strategic investments in Portland's public schools, including the PEF Teacher Grants Program and Culture Club-Portland.



May 1 is PEF Day At The Ballpark!

Please join Portland Education Foundation celebrate spring in Maine by coming to see the Sea Dogs play the Reading Fightin’ Phils on Sunday, May 1st at 1pm! This will be a great day to learn more about PEF, show your support, and enjoy a ball game. PEF will receive $2 for every ticket purchased using the link provided.


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Culture Club-Portland

The goal of Culture Club-Portland is to provide access to the major arts institutions in Portland, Maine so that every student in Portland’s public schools builds a life-long relationship with the arts and embraces these institutions as vital resources that belong to them. Portland Stage and Portland Symphony Orchestra, provides free access for every K-12 student in Portland Public Schools to diverse high quality arts experiences.


2016 Teacher Grants

The PEF Teacher Grant Program is designed to support a wide range of innovative school and classroom-based efforts to enhance learning experiences, and to recognize and reward the hard work of Portland’s talented and dedicated teachers, who work tirelessly to engage and inspire students. Portland Education Foundation (PEF) has completed its seventh annual Teacher Grant Program cycle. Funds disbursed in 2015 represent a 29% increase over last year. Grant applications were received from teachers in every school, representing all grade levels, K-12.  47 grant proposals were awarded totaling $33,000.

Family Engagement Tools

A summary of what children should know and be able to do and ways for families to increase learning at home.

L.L. Bean funded the publication of a series of Learning Guides for Families in nine different languages!

The guides help families better understand what children should know and be able to do at each grade level, and suggest ways for families to increase learning at home.


Portland Education Foundation and Portland Public Schools thank L. L. Bean for their generous support

CC-P Ad Hoc Committee

The Culture Club-Portland Ad Hoc Committee signals the District’s recognition of, commitment to, and belief in the importance of retaining and expanding the Culture Club-Portland – Public Schools collaborative and the continued and enhanced educational opportunities provided therein. The Ad Hoc Committee will be asked to read and review three annual external program evaluations conducted by USM staff, study factors and conditions presented, and make specific recommendations that seek to a) strengthen coordination between PPS and the Culture Club-Portland consortium, b) maximize participation at all grade levels, and c) help secure the longstanding sustainability of the Culture Club-Portland – Public Schools collaborative.

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