Commissioner’s Update – April 26, 2012

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As the spring moves ahead, attention is inevitably shifting to the summer months, a time for Maine’s educators to take some time to relax, reflect on what they’ve accomplished and think about how they can continue to grow.

That’s why plans are in the works for a number of summer professional development opportunities that will offer educators a chance to catch up with colleagues, do some planning for the coming year and learn about promising practices that could benefit their students.

To help you keep track, we’ve put together a list of professional development offerings this summer that have some level of sponsorship by the Department of Education and have been announced in the Maine DOE Newsroom. Be sure to bookmark the link below, because we’ll add to the list as more professional development opportunities are organized and announced.

Take a look at summer professional development from the Maine DOE.

— Stephen Bowen



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NEWS & VIEWS

The new Morse code: Japanese

Machias Memorial High School juniors Katie and Emily Morse decided nothing would stop them in their quest to learn Japanese. At their guidance counselor’s suggestion, the twins have used their Maine Learning Technology Initiative laptops to enroll in online Japanese courses and study the language and culture that have interested them since they were seven. | More

Districts collaborate, adult ed students thrive

More than 300 adults in the Piscataquis Valley have earned high school diplomas, others have earned GEDs and many more have gained valuable workforce skills over the past six years thanks to the joint efforts of four school districts in Piscataquis and Penobscot counties. | More

Commission releases service-learning guide for Maine schools

A new, 72-page guide from the Maine Commission for Community Service aims to help Maine teachers engage their students by integrating service-learning projects into instruction. The guide, called “Service-Learning in Maine” is available at no cost. | More

Upcoming professional development opportunities

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