Pathways to Success
Pathways to Success is the Portland Public Schools’ leading strategy to remodel the educational system for the needs and demands of 21st century life. The district is harnessing national and local expertise and customizing the learning experience for every student. This work is being supported by a multi-year grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.
New Course Teaches Students about Firefighting
Portland high school students will don firefighter gear and get hands-on experience in searching a smoky building for “victims” as part of a new firefighting course offered in partnership with the Portland Fire Department. The introduction to “firefighting fundamentals” course is part of the Pathways to Success initiative that is giving students more opportunities to explore careers. Read more.
High School Students Participate in Youth Leadership Institute
Eight high school students from the Portland Public Schools participated in the first Nellie Mae Education Foundation Youth Leadership Institute in Manchester, New Hampshire on October 4 and 5. The institute focused on the importance of youth voice in student-centered learning. Read more.
High School Students Sign Up for More AP, College Courses
The number of high school students in the Portland Public Schools who are taking Advanced Placement (AP) and/or college classes has risen significantly in the past year. Portland High School has seen about an 11 percent increase in AP enrollment. At Deering High School, 25 percent more students are taking AP courses compared to last year. More than a fifth of all Casco Bay High school (CBHS) juniors and seniors are taking a so-called “dual enrollment” course this fall that earns them both high school and college credit. Read more.
Deering Expands Language Offerings to Include Arabic
Deering High School began this fall offering what is believed to be the state’s first Arabic language class in a public school. The course is part of a new Deering initiative to prepare students for the global economy by weaving an international focus into the curriculum. Read more.
Deering, Portland High Schools Redesign Ninth Grade to Support Students
Sarah Obare,a teacher and math coach at Portland High School, and Carlos Gomez, a Spanish teacher at Deering High School, describe how the two schools have created teams of teachers to work with freshmen in this op-ed piece that appeared in the "Portland Press Herald" on August 30, 2013.
High School Juniors Learn about Maine Career Opportunities at Expo
Juniors at Portland and Deering high schools attended the district's first College and Career Expo on April 26, 2013 at the University of Southern Maine. At the day-long event, they learned about career opportunities at Maine companies and the training needed to prepare for those jobs.
The theme for the expo was “Live, Learn and Earn…right here in Maine!” Students learned about local companies working in three fields: health care, hospitality and tourism and technology and manufacturing. The expo also provided information about college programs that prepare students for jobs in those fields. The Portland Public Schools partnered with Jobs for Maine’s Graduates, USM and the Greater Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce to plan the expo.
High Schools Offer Opportunities for Career Exploration
The Portland Public Schools is providing new opportunities for high school students to explore careers ranging from conservation law to medical research, journalism, international affairs, information technology and crime investigation by participating in job shadows, internships and professional seminars. As Maine leaders discuss ways to better prepare students for jobs of the future, Portland’s public high schools are taking the lead by encouraging students to learn about careers that interest them and the training that is required. Read more.