This year more than any other, our teachers need support to continue providing engaging, relevant, and creative learning opportunities for our students. Side x Side supports our teachers through dynamic professional development and arts-integrated programs that strengthen their approach to problem solving, critical thinking, development of interpersonal skills, and focus on social emotional learning. Please consider a
Interested in seeing Side x Side’s school programs in action? Check out our new Visual Program Diary. This diary highlights our programs happening in the Portland, South Portland, and Lewiston public schools by school year.
Check out Side x Side’s latest news in our fall 2020 eNewsletter!
A virtual Side x Side drawing program for second graders at Ocean Avenue Elementary School recently wrapped up. Led by teaching artist Pamela Moulton, the program was integrated with a unit on building community, facilitating conversations about diversity, and highlighting how much we all have in common. Moulton met with students during Zoom classes and created
It’s been a school year like no other with the coronavirus pandemic closing schools in March forcing teaching and learning to move online for the spring semester through the end of the year. Nobody imagined the hurdles we would encounter transitioning to remote learning, relying upon technology and other distance learning options that hadn’t been
This summer, Side x Side is proud to partner with LearningWorks and Telling Room to bring LearningWorks students in South Portland a five-week virtual STEAM camp on agricultural engineering.
Read more about the grant in an article in Mainebiz.
Just before school ended for the summer, students in Christine Wirth’s and Jennifer Seed’s Pre-K classes at Riverton Elementary School participated in a Side x Side program led by teaching artists, Meg Christie and Lisa Hicks. Side x Side purchased copies of the book, “We are Growing,” by Laurie Keller, for each student which were
Fourth graders in Ms. Sanchez and Ms. St. Germain’s classes at Lyseth Elementary School recently participated in a Side x Side program led by teaching artist, Jill Osgood, that was integrated with a science and literacy unit on nature and animals. From home, students studied and drew animals and then set out to hunt for natural
A well deserved congratulations to Riverton fourth grade teacher, Cindy Soule, for being chosen as the 2020 Cumberland County Teacher of the Year!
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First graders in Ms. Clifford’s and Ms. Bradford’s classes are working with Side x Side teaching artists, Sarah Boyden and Indigo Grey, on an illustration project they will complete at home.
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