Professional Development

The Maine Department of Education is committed to providing and promoting professional development opportunities that support efforts in developing and implementing quality comprehensive school health education. 

For technical assistance or professional development information, contact the Maine DOE Health Education and Health Promotion Coordinator or the Health Education and Physical Education Consultant.


Conferences & Workshops

  • Maine DOE comprehensive School Health Education Spring Conference.
    • Friday, May 2, 2014.
    • USM Lewiston-Auburn College Campus, 51 Westminster Street, Lewiston, Maine.
    • This year's annual Spring Health Education Conference, Health Education: Navigating the Way to Proficiency, is focused on moving proficiency-based learning forward in health education. The conference will also provide information on how the new performance evaluation and professional growth law impacts health educators. Expected outcomes for participants are:
      1. Gain a better understanding of proficiency-based education;
      2. Explore strategies and tools to assist with implementing local proficiency-based health education curriculum; and
      3. Engage with colleagues from across the state on how to effectively move students to proficiency in health education.
    • Click Here to register today for only $35 per person for a professional development day that health educators, curriculum coordinators, administrators, and physical education teachers will find rewarding! 6.0 Contact hours will be awarded.
    • Direct registration questions to or call her at 624-6694 and conference to
    • Draft 2014 CSHE Spring Conference Agenda (PDF, 148KB)
  • 2014 Maine Schoolsite Health Promotion "Wellness" Conference. The Maine Department of Education is pleased to announce the 2014 Maine Schoolsite Health Promotion Program "Wellness" Conference application process is open. The conference will be held Tuesday June 24 - Thursday June 26, 2014. Completed applications are due May 6, 2014 for a cost of $215 per person. Save $20 per person, submit completed applications by April 18, 2014 and pay only $195 per person. This year's conference will feature two outstanding keynote presenters!
    • Loretta LaRoche is an acclaimed speaker, author and international stress management and humor consultant who will use her contemporary wit and a hearty dose of old-world wisdom to teach us how a positive attitude can help us take care of ourselves and manage life's inevitable ups and downs.
    • Jessica Lawrence is a champion for school health who engages her audiences with high energy presentations filled with fun and humor. Jess will share tips and strategies throughout her presentation for establishing and maintaining a culture of wellness in our schools and for ourselves as individuals. She will do this as she shares lessons learned during her 2013 coast to coast bicycle adventure.
    • Teams will experience three days filled with more than 30 workshops and learning opportunities to assist in the development and maintenance of a culture of health promotion and wellness at the local level including:
      1. interactive presentations on leadership and team building to support a schoolsite health promotion and wellness team;
      2. presentations on a variety of programming ideas, school policy, and personal wellness;
      3. dedicated team time for drafting a year-long action plan for a comprehensive wellness program including staff and student health promotion; improving school climate; enhancing health related policies; and supporting health education and physical education.
    • See application and supporting documents below for details. If you have any questions please contact
      • Conference Information (PDF, 224K)
      • Conference Keynotes (PDF, 61K)
      • Conference Application (PDF, 176K)
      • Conference Scholarship Application (PDF, 122K)
    • Come experience a top quality professional development event this June, the 29th Annual Wellness Conference!
  • Maine Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance Annual Conference. This association holds a fall conference each year. Check back for information about the 2014 conference.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Maine. Provides support, education and advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness and their families. The website provides access to information and resources at the local and state level including a helpline, education/training and support groups.
  • Training Calendar. Check the Maine DOE Training Calendar to register for upcoming professional development opportunities.

Online Learning Opportunities


  • HIV Biomedical Update (PDF, 4.3MB). This presentation, compiled by the Virology Treatment Center at the Maine Medical Center, offers the latest information and statistics on HIV.