The Central Aroostook Council on Education (CACE) is a school partnership consisting of the University of Maine Presque Isle and nine area PK-12 school districts. The member schools collaborate to deliver high quality, affordable professional development to all educators in the region. By pooling financial resources, CACE has been able to engage nationally recognized guest speakers and consultants. Since 45-65% of the teachers in the CACE schools are graduates of UMPI, collaboration between the local schools and the university assures that UMPI graduates continue to receive the training and education that allows for high quality teaching throughout their careers and are prepared for today’s proficiency based classrooms.
The relationship between CACE and the University is highly collaborative. UMPI faculty and students attend professional development activities with the PK-12 educators. CACE works closely with the University’s College of Education on teacher education efforts, such as the establishment of Professional Development Schools at CACE schools. The University also provides office space for CACE’s headquarters.
The leadership for CACE originates with the Executive Committee consisting of superintendents from each of the public school districts, UMPI President, UMPI Education Chair and a full time Executive Director.
The mission of CACE is to:
- Provide high quality professional development
- Save money by purchasing products and services in bulk
- Strengthen the pre-service teacher education program
- Develop a collegial relationship PK-16
Topics that have been presented at CACE professional development events include: College Ready Curriculum, Wellness, Classroom Management, Education Technician Series, Autism, Bullying, Developmental Assets, Aspirations, Generational Poverty, Content Literacy, School Law, Drug Testing, Technology, RTI, Legal Issues, Singapore Math, Using Data to Improve Achievement, RTI and Reading Strategies for Boys.
To learn more about CACE, visit its website at www.cacepartnership.org.