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PPS unveils mobile makerspace to help kids explore STEM

Portland Public Schools unveiled its new “mobile makerspace” Wednesday. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place outside Rowe Elementary School. WMTW Channel 13 covered the story. Watch the video here. According to the district, the mobile lab will travel between schools, allowing students to explore, create and solve problems in the STEM fields. Every elementary school […]

Fall Equity and Innovation Teacher Grant Cycle opens August 31

We are happy to announce that on August 31, Fall Teacher Grant applications become available! The FPPS Fall Equity and Innovation Grants Program is designed to support teacher-led classroom innovations which enhance learning experiences for students in Portland Public Schools in response to the Portland Promise. Grants are available up to $1,000. The program recognizes, […]

Portland Superintendent Wins Outstanding Leadership Award

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Xavier Botana has won an Outstanding Leadership Award for 2021 and 2022 from the Maine School Superintendents Association (MSSA). The award recognizes superintendents for leadership, the implementation of exemplary educational programs; and service to the profession of education. Botana was recognized June 27 at an awards ceremony at the 109th Annual […]

$30,000 Action Award from NoVo Foundation for Social-Emotional Learning

The Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) has just received a $30,000 Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in Action Award from the NoVo Foundation. This grant will support professional development and collaborative work between Portland Public Schools social studies teachers and clinical and behavior support staff to incorporate SEL practices into curriculum. Social and emotional […]

Luzia Vumpa is the PHS Step Up Award Scholarship Winner!

The Step Up Award Provides Financial Assistance to Portland High School Multilingual Student in the Make It Happen! Program Luzia Vumpa is the 2022 recipient of the Portland High School Step Up Award, now in its 5th year. The Step Up Award provides funding for students in the Make It Happen! program who would otherwise […]

The Portland Public Schools is Creating a Mobile Makerspace with Local and National Support

The Foundation for Portland Public Schools (FPPS) is thrilled to announce that the Les Paul Foundation is the latest group to support the creation of a Portland Public Schools Mobile Makerspace. The makerspace will provide hands-on science, technology, arts, engineering, and mathematics (STEAM) programming to Portland elementary school students, starting this summer. A makerspace is […]

Join us for Spring for Teachers!

You’re Invited! What: A benefit for our Teacher Grants Program When: Wednesday, May 11 at 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Where: Bunker Brewing Co, indoors and outdoors 17 Westfield St Unit D, Portland  Tickets: Available on Eventbrite Buy raffle tickets for a L.L.Bean camping gear package through Eventbrite or at the door. Please join us […]

PPS Creating Wabanaki Studies Film Series

As part of its work to develop the first comprehensive Wabanaki Studies curriculum in the state of Maine, the Portland Public Schools (PPS) is creating a documentary film series to serve as a central text for each grade level. The district is exploring ways to share this resource with schools around the state.   When PPS […]

May 11: Spring for Teachers 2022

Save the date for Spring for Teachers!   What: A benefit for our Teacher Grants Program When: Wednesday, May 11 at 5:30 pm Where: Bunker Brewing Co, indoors and outdoors   Tickets and additional information coming soon!