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Portland Education Foundation!

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PEF House Party on Peaks Island

Antonia and Eric Winter, Peaks Island residents and Portland Public Schools parents, graciously hosted a house party for PEF on Peaks Island on Friday, August 5th. It was a beautiful evening! Everyone from PEF, including our new Superintendent of Schools, Xavier Botana, was grateful to learn more about the Peaks Island School and community, and share information about PEF. (Shown from left: Renee Bourgione-Serio, Kelly Mascolo, Ellen Mahoney, Zoe Ryan-Humphrey, Xavier Botana, Mary Bennett, Rachel Conley, Antonia Winter)


PEF Teacher Grants Program

2016-17 Cycle - PEF Teacher Grants Program - Application is Open! PPS Art Teacher Allison Villani used funding from a PEF Teacher Grant to bring The Museum of African Culture in Portland to Peaks Island as part of a unit on mask making.


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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 PEF Teacher Grants Program

The PEF Teacher Grants Program supports 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. 2016 marks eight years of PEF investing directly at the point of teaching and learning. Funds disbursed in 2015 represent a 29% increase over the previous year. Grant applications were received from teachers in every school, representing all grade levels, K-12.  47 grant proposals were awarded totaling $33,000. Thank you to our many generous donors who make this program possible!

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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