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Maine Adult Education Association

The Maine Adult Education Association (MAEA) is a nonprofit organization representing adult education programs, professionals and volunteers in Maine since 1965.

Appreciative Advising Seminar

September 16, 2016

Elks Lodge, Portland Maine

Registration Information

Appreciative Advising Registration Form Download

Online Registration Link Below

Appreciative Advising in Action

 Working to Inspire Partnerships to Empower Education and Job Seekers

Please note that there is a cost for this workshop.  (MAEA Members $40; Others $75)

Seating is limited.  Register today!  A follow-up invoice will be sent for payment within 5 days.

Appreciative Advising is a theory to practice framework that can help WIOA Core Partners and others to build trusting relationships with the general public and to empower clients to achieve their goals.  This hands-on, active-learning infused workshop will help all WIOA partners to achieve, the WIOA directive on the implementation of a customer-centric approach.    Appreciative Advising harnesses the power of the organizational development theory of Appreciative Inquiry to provide a framework for building and maintaining effective relationships that are beneficial for all parties.  Appreciative Advising is a strengths- based approach that focuses on actively asking good questions and then carefully listening to responses.  The presenter is Dr. Jennifer Bloom, the co-founder of the Appreciative Advising movement.

Objectives for the day include the following:

  • Understand the theoretical infrastructure behind Appreciative Advising, including a brief overview of Appreciative Inquiry.
  • Understand and apply the six phases of Appreciative Advising:  Disarm, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver and Don’t Settle.
  • Learn how to ask positive, open-ended questions that will help professionals build rapport with constituents.
  • Learn how to use verbal and non-verbal immediacy behaviors that can put others at ease.
  • Explore potential adaptations of the model in participants’ individual working environment.

Outcome for the day:  Increase student/customer attendance, persistence, and participation rates and to foster collaborative relationships among WIOA’s core partners based on a shared framework and approach to our work.

When:                    Friday, September 16, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where:                  Elks Lodge, 1945 Congress Street, Portland, Maine

How:                        See registration form at the top of the page.

                     All registrations must be received by September 1, 2016.  Seating is limited.

Cost:                       Maine Adult Education Association Members (MAEA) $40, Non-Members $75

Who:                      WIOA Core Partners, Colleges, Agencies, Other Interested Parties

Presenter Jennifer Bloom, Ed.D, is an Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University in the Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology where she also serves as Coordinator of the Higher Education Leadership Master’s Degree Program.  She has co-authored six books and multiple articles on Appreciative Advising and has presented her work at over 350 institutions across the globe.  More information can be located at

Planning for this event began in early 2016 at the State One-Stop Professional Development Planning Committee.  This group included representation from WIOA key partners, including Maine Adult Education Programs, Department of Labor,  Workforce Development Boards, and One-Stop Partners.  This workshop is sponsored by the Maine Adult Education Association. 

For more information about the Maine Adult Education Association or to join, please go to:


The Maine Adult Education Association is a professional organization that advocates for adult education locally, statewide, and nationally and supports its members in order to meet the educational needs of Maine’s adults.

We do this by:

  • Advocacy for continuing educational opportunities for Maine adults in the 21st century.
  • Promotion of and encouragement for professional development among adult educators, including a statewide conference.
  • Advocacy for the development and improvement of the quality of adult and community education in Maine.
  • Fostering communication and networking among members.
  • Providing a program of activity with local, state and national policymakers necessary to achieve the purposes of the organization.

Adopted  10/21/05


Revised Bylaws 2016

Adult Education in Maine

Adult Education programs in Maine support adults along all aspects of their educational journey. In 2014-1015, there were 51,059 adults enrolled in programs across the state, including the following:

Total Number       Program

*4613                  Adult High School Completion – Students enrolled in HiSET Preparation and adult diploma courses
1,996                  College Preparation Courses
4,703                  Workforce Preparation Courses
1949                  English Language Acquisition and Civics Education Courses
1337                  Adult Basic Education Courses
650                  Credit Recovery Courses for High School Students
*1,523                  Adults received their high school credential (total included in Adult High School Completion)
35,811                  Adults who enrolled in enrichment courses


Local Adult Education Programs

Maine Adult Education is a state-wide system with 78 programs located throughout the state in more than over 85% of Maine’s towns, cities, and unorganized territories; adult education programs are located in most areas with a high school. Most programs run year-round and combine both day and evening classes.

Affordable: The average course costs $40, many services are free.

Trusted and Familiar: Most programs have been in operation for more than 25 years, serving Maine communities and individuals. Maine Adult Education has the flexibility to meet local needs.

Searchable: Course listings are searchable statewide at for the majority of Maine programs.

Equipped: Certificate Programs in such areas as Certified Nurse Aid, Office Skills, Computer Skills and Customer Service are offered in many regions.

Diverse: Academic credentialing, worksite-based education, self-supporting community programming, English as a Second Language, literacy classes and tutoring, family literacy programs combining adult and early childhood education, parenting, distance learning and computer access are also offered across the state. In many areas, career and educational counseling is available.

Prepared: A nationally-recognized College Transitions program is available in all areas of the state.

Partners: Partnerships with Maine Career Centers and other agencies are encouraged by Adult Education programs

Funding for Maine Adult Education

Funds for adult education in Maine come from state subsidy on local expenditures, local tax dollars, federal funding for literacy and some vocational programs, and tuition and fees paid by individuals, businesses and agencies for community, workplace and vocational education. The bang for the buck in adult education is great; individuals and families are changed, our workforce is enhanced, and our communities strengthened.