• Sam Breen Teaching and Inspiring

    New: Teacher Certification Program

    After 18 years, SPIRIT SERIES is now on the threshold of making its primary mission a reality: to advance a new transformational paradigm in K-12 education. This summer we will launch a major initiative — the SPIRITWORKS Teacher Certification Program — a robust 60-hour professional development curriculum built around the SPIRITWORKS training model, currently in use by SERIES staff and

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  • Jane's Trust Maine

    Jane’s Trust: Thank You!

    Our ambitious Maine 5000 initiative, serving 5,000 students annually in 50 partner schools by September 2022, recently received a huge boost — a $75,000 grant from Jane’s Trust. This support will help scale the program in 2018, serving 1,300+ students in underserved rural and urban communities statewide.

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  • Spirited ’17

    With the events of this past year, many have concluded that our nation is hopelessly divided. We at SPIRIT SERIES have a different perspective, on the frontlines of a generation grappling with what it means to grow up in 2017. Whether it’s the girl on the autism spectrum celebrated by her classmates for taking on the lead role, or the under-performing seventh grade class defying all expectations with their comprehension of Greek philosophy. We are inspired by these young people, even as we seek to inspire them. Their compassion, resilience, innate curiosity and joy hold the promise for a brighter future, even as we share with them vital life lessons from the past. 

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  • Northern California Launch: NEH Challenge Met!

    Thanks to the generosity of nearly 70 donors, SPIRIT SERIES met the full $100,000 challenge match from the National Endowment for the Humanities in only four months rather than 18, as originally planned, accelerating the launch of program services in a new third region: Northern California.

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  • Board Growth: Meet Our New Members

    We are very proud to introduce the two newest members of the SPRIT SERIES board: Brenda Rodriguez and William Fay. Each brings a unique perspective and skill set critical to our growth, and we feel truly fortunate that they have chosen to lend their considerable talents in support of our mission. 

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  • Maine 5000: Big Plans for New England

    Over the past three years, SPIRIT SERIES has come to know and love Maine. Now Maine is returning the favor, and we have embarked on an ambitious five-year growth plan for the state, slated to serve 5,000 students annually in 45 partner schools by the 2021-22 academic year: Maine 5000.

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  • Lebanon Elementary School rehearsal

    Recognition and Appreciation in Maine

    In recognition of our unique and growing work with Maine schools, reporter Bob Keyes of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram came to our residency in Lebanon, Maine, to observe and experience. In two visits – one in Week Two of the program, and the final performance – Keyes captured much of what makes SPIRIT SERIES different from other artist-in-residency programs.

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