Project RISE Nominations 2019-20

posted Feb 8, 2019, 9:31 AM by Vincent Vanier   [ updated Feb 8, 2019, 9:39 AM ]

Dear Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s),

Madawaska Elementary School began an exciting pilot program for Personalizing Learning called Project RISE. This program is for students in grades 3 - 6.   At the bottom of this page, you will find more information about what Personalized Learning is and some ways it may benefit your child.

Personalized Learning is happening in schools across the country.  One of these schools in Harrisburg, South Dakota hosted a group of our teachers just a year ago.  This past year, our own MES Project RISE, along with the Fort Kent Elementary Project RISE learned a lot about personalized learning and how learner empowerment can be so powerful for young learners, but we know there’s so much more potential as we have only begun our journey!  

In order for this pilot to continue into year two, we need you to consider nominating your child!  Learner nominations are easy! Just go to the following website to complete the online form:

If you do not have access to the internet, you may nominate your child by calling the school at 728-3635.  From all of the nominations, we will be working to fill the open slots based on learners that are leaving us to go to middle school. We are accepting nominations until February 28, 2019.  Note: Not all students who are nominated will be selected.  We will be using a lottery of all those nominated, aligned to correct age and academic information ratios, to make the final determination.  

If you have any questions about the pilot or would like to discuss the pilot further, please email Benjamin Sirois at or Lise Pelletier at

Yours in Education,


Gisèle Dionne                    Lise Pelletier

Superintendent of Schools Building Principal

Madawaska School Department Madawaska Elementary School

Top 10 Tri-District Personalizing Learning FAQ’s

1.    What is the difference between Personalizing Learning and the Traditional Learner Pathway?

Both programs use best practices.  Personalized learning has a more flexible setting (changeable daily routine, learners focus on personal learning goals and have more voice and choice).  The curriculum is integrated, taught by content-blended facilitators. Learners have the opportunity for flexible pacing/instruction, depending on whether they are behind, on pace, or ahead of pace.  Learners are empowered to co-design their learning. They are given the option to choose how to learn and/or how to demonstrate their learning.

2.    What makes this the right fit for my child?

This is all about a learning style preference. Personalized learning has many benefits such as learners being able to advocate for their learning, becoming intellectually curious, persisting, becoming comfortable with technology, collaborating, and learning how to be a flexible thinker.

3.    What are the reasons for making a change in pathways?

Not all learners progress at the same pace.  The world is calling for people who can collaborate, unlearn and relearn new concepts, and create/innovate/problem solve.  The way we learned in school does not fit all learners today. This type of learning will marry several subjects together to produce cohesiveness in instruction.

4.    How will we communicate to parents?

In addition to traditional ways, facilitators and parents communicate (email, conferences, phone calls, facilitators’ websites, our learning management system - Empower), parents will have access to their learners’ Personalizing Learning portfolio.

5.    What does their day look like?

As with the traditional schedule, learners will have recess, lunch, and specials throughout their day with their peers at their appropriate grade level.  The Tri-District Personalizing Learning schedule will still have designated times for subjects throughout the day, but it will be flexible.


6.    If my learner qualifies for the Gifted and Talented Program, will he or she still have his or her needs met through the Tri-District Personalizing Learning program?

If your learner qualifies for the gifted and talented program, his or her needs can be met in the Tri-District Personalizing Learning program. All learners will start their learning pathway where their needs indicate they should and will progress through the measurement topics at their own pace.  

7.    When they finish grade level content before the year is complete, where do they go next?

The goal isn’t to move as fast as you can through skills and content but to develop a deeper understanding of the concepts and skills through cumulative projects, and at a pace that fits each learner’s needs and interests.

8.    If my child receives Title I or special education services, will he or she still have his or her needs met?

Yes, learners receiving Title I or special-ed services will still have their needs met through modifications and accommodations aligned with their learning goals.

9. What does instruction look like?

Instruction of learning targets/standards will take place through a variety of best practices including; whole group, small group, use of seminars, coaching sessions, and independent/partner practice.

10. Are there due dates for assignments?  Do learning opportunities (homework) look different? Due dates are flexible but facilitators will constantly be monitoring each learner’s progress to make sure they are on pace.  Learning opportunities (homework) will be based on learner need and progress. Therefore, the frequency of learning opportunities may vary for each learner.

Vincent Vanier,
Feb 8, 2019, 9:39 AM