A Professional Development Workshop for Maine Teachers



Americans Who Tell the TruthFlorence Reed by Robert Shetterly


Operation Breaking Stereotypes


A free workshop for Maine Middle Level and High School Educators that connects your classroom to exciting programs, engages  students and addresses standards. Contact hours are available and participants will receive a certificate of participation.


"Inspiring Citizenship and Student Performance"

(scroll down to see the invitation letter)


When: Thursday, October 18, 2012


Where: Waterfall Arts -- 256 High St., Belfast, ME


RSVP: Space limited to 40 teachers & administrators! Please register here.

If you have questions, please contact Connie Carter, Director of Operation Breaking Stereotypes


Professional Development Program


3:30 – 4 p.m.   Exhibit Viewing and Refreshments 


4 p.m.              Welcome and Introductions                        


4:10 p.m.         Overview of the Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) project with Rob Shetterly

  • Why it started
  • What drives the project
  • Portrait Stories


4:40 p.m.         Florence Reed: Words from a Maine-based Truth Teller (see her portrait and biography here)


5 p.m.              Teacher Testimonials 

  • Karen MacDonald –  King Middle School, Portland, Maine
  • Cami Carter – Reeds Brook Middle School and Hermon High School
  • Connie Carter – Operation Breaking Stereotypes
  • Central High School – Louisville, KY       


5:30 p.m.         Overview of the AWTT Website and How to Use It in the Classroom


5:50 p.m.          Breakout Sessions

  • Opportunities to explore AWTT materials, website
  • Brainstorm with colleagues
  • Social Studies Opportunities
  • Visual Arts Opportunities
  • Performing Arts Opportunities
  • Integrated Discipline Opportunities


6:30 p.m.            Share results/Questions/Ideas from breakout sessions

6:50 p.m.            Next steps and Opportunities for Classrooms and Schools

7 p.m.                 Heading home!

AWTT Cards, Posters and Books will be available for purchase

Americans Who Tell the Truth is dedicated to the belief that a profound sense of citizenship is the only safeguard of democracy and the best defense of our social, economic, and environmental rights. Through portraits and stories of exemplary American citizens, both historical and contemporary, AWTT teaches the courage to act for the common good. Its educational programs promote our country's ideals, illuminate the necessary work of the present, and inspire hope in the future.

Operation Breaking Stereotypes is a non-profit, service-based organization working with schools to help students address ethnic, socio-economic, gender, and racial stereotypes through writing, reading, music, photography, and personal connections.


Invitation Letter


Dear Teachers:

It is the beginning of the school year and you are probably feeling a bit overwhelmed by new students, schedules, and classes! Need a break?

Americans Who Tell the Truth, Operation Breaking Stereotypes and Waterfall Arts invite you to a free workshop, "Inspiring Citizenship and Student Performance". The workshop will be held at Waterfall Arts, Thursday, October 18, 3:30 – 7 pm. We are excited to offer you this opportunity to frame your course content in a meaningful real world context as you guide your students to become informed, courageous citizens.

A selection of Rob Shetterly´s Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) portraits are on exhibit at Waterfall Arts through October 31. Apart from being inspiring and stimulating paintings, they have, over the past decade, proven to be accessible and effective classroom tools, especially in the visual and performing arts, social studies, history, and English/language arts disciplines.

Come be part of a presentation and conversation about how AWTT materials have and can be employed in classrooms to increase student interest and performance. In Louisville, Kentucky, where the portraits have been a part of public school curricula for four years, students have demonstrated improved attendance, retention and performance. This workshop will acquaint you with AWTT, its educational resources, connections to content and standards, and ways to use this material in your school and classroom.

Presenters include AWTT founder, Rob Shetterly, AWTT portrait subject Florence Reed and Karen MacDonald of the King Middle School in Portland, Maine. See a full program here. 

At Waterfall Arts, space will be limited to the first 40 teachers and administrators who wish to attend.

Fill out this form to reserve your space or email me to ask a question. Feel free to suggest this to other teachers in your building or district. We are encouraging people to come as a team – administrator, content area teachers, students – whatever you feel constitutes a "team" at your school!


Connie Carter





Maine Teachers Attend an AWTT Professional Development Workshop
Rob Shetterly Tells Truth Teller Stories at Waterfall Arts Teacher Workshop