Commissioner’s Update – Jan. 12, 2012

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We’re putting the final touches this week on the first release of our long-awaited strategic plan to create a learner-centered education system in Maine. The plan is the result of feedback I’ve received over the past nine months in conversations with students, parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, school board members, Maine DOE staff and others.

On Tuesday, we will release the plan to the public. At that point, it becomes a working, fluid document.

Over the next few months, the Department of Education will invite students, educators, parents and others to review the plan and share what they think. We’ll invite feedback online and in person, and incorporate that input as we prepare a final version of the plan.

I look forward to starting a conversation with this plan about the best ways to serve our learners, and prepare them to succeed in college, careers and civic life.

Stay tuned.

— Stephen Bowen



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Charter School Commission holds inaugural meeting

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Schools list gets green light

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Mitchell Institute offers college scholarships

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