Maine has started global learning initiatives both from the education policy and grassroots standpoints. Read on.

World Languages

A standards-based instruction and assessment initiative is a collaborative effort of the Maine Department of Education (DOE), the Foreign Language Association of Maine (FLAME) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The major goal of this initiative is to improve teaching and learning by creating an environment in Maine schools where standards-based curriculum, instruction and assessment in world languages are an integral part of the work that all K-12 world language educators do to promote student achievement and proficiency in one or more languages other than English, thereby increasing globalization through the study of languages and cultures.

Additionally, the Maine DOE has signed Memoranda of Understanding with China (Hanban), France, Spain and Taiwan to foster educational collaboration and global competency through various initiatives.


University of Maine International Affairs

Center for Global Humanites at the University of New England

World Affairs Council of Maine

Global Portland, Maine

Mid-Maine Global Forum

CIEE (international education exchange organization headquartered in Maine)

Deering High School, a member of the Asia Society International Studies Schools Network


As of the October 21, 2013 the Maine Department of Education was in the process of hiring a World Languages Specialist. Until the position is filled questions can be directed to:

Anita Bernhardt
Coordinator for Standards and Instruction
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 624-6835

Global Competence Resources

Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) partnered to define global competence and the skills and abilities that students need to demonstrate to be globally competent.

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