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Summer Professional Development Programs

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Graphic Novels Discussion Group
Educators of grades 5-12 are invited to reserve their place in our Summer Book Discussion Group (limited to 25 participants). We will meet over Zoom in three evening sessions to discuss ways to integrate graphic novels into Social Studies and English Language Arts curriculum. The three sessions will start in August on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.
Reserve your spot at

Teaching with Maps Summer Fellowship
Open to Middle and High School teachers looking to integrate maps into their curriculum, this paid fellowship will provide teachers with the time, skills, and access to cartographic primary resources necessary to conduct original research and develop programming for their classrooms.
– Applications due: June 15th
– Stipend Amount: $500
Apply at

Ready-Made Online Tutorials

Looking to integrate maps into your Maine Studies curriculum? Visit this interactive tutorial:
Maps of Maine as Primary Sources (where to find them and how to use them). Powered by Peardeck. Created 2020

We also have several presentations recorded on our Youtube page that may be helpful to educators: Osher Map Library & SCCE Youtube Page

Synchronous In-Person Tutorials

Osher Map Library offers free tutorial sessions on accessing and using our resources for K-12 educators. Included in these sessions are:

  • a tour of OML’s facilities,
  • a demonstration of our online digital resources and educational materials,
  • a viewing of our current exhibition,
  • a tour of our antique globe collection,
  • and an introduction to our collection of facsimiles atlases.

An onsite session lasts around 90 minutes.

While we prefer that these sessions be held at the Osher Map Library so that all of our resources can be viewed, we also offer offsite sessions for groups unable or unwilling to travel. Offsite professional development sessions focus on our online digital resources and downloadable educational materials. They can be conducted at any school or organization within sixty miles from Portland at no cost, provided that the facility has a projector and Internet access. Offsite sessions last roughly 30 minutes.

These sessions are recommended for in-service days or departmental meetings, and can be scheduled for anytime between 8am and 5pm, Mondays through Fridays.

Schedule a Professional Development Session