Commissioner’s Update – March 7, 2013

From the Commissioner

Governor Paul R. LePage and I are pleased to announce the Governor’s Conference on Education, which will feature best practices and innovative reforms from around the nation.

One of Gov. LePage’s highest priorities in the legislative session is to improve and expand our children’s educational opportunities. While many good things are going on in Maine’s schools, we can always learn from the success of other states.

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Waynflete School students accept trophy for winning the state competition for LifeSmarts, the ultimate consumer challenge.
Waynflete School students won the state competition for LifeSmarts, the ultimate consumer challenge.

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Two Maine students selected for community spirit award

The Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards recently selected Katherine Elliott, 18, of Scarborough and Marissa Bates, 10, of Westbrook as Maine’s top youth volunteers for 2013. | More

HS seniors invited to enter essay contest, propose nationwide education plans

The Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan invites high school seniors to submit essays proposing their plans for improving the American educational system. | More

Waynflete School wins first Maine LifeSmarts state championship

Portland – Four Maine high schools came together to compete in LifeSmarts, the ultimate consumer challenge, at the Unum Corporate Campus in Portland on Friday, March 1. | More

Watch new Center for Best Practice videos from western Maine

The Maine DOE Center for Best Practice is pleased to announce the release of two new videos exploring the shift to proficiency-based/learner-centered practice. | More

Praxis II workshop offered to ELL teachers

Teachers of English language learners are invited learn more about the English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Praxis II® test at an upcoming free workshop offered by the University of Southern Maine. | More

Open auditions for Maine eighth graders to compete on local game show

WPXT is holding open auditions for the fifth season of its locally produced game show, Kick Start. All current Maine eighth  graders interested in trying out for Kick Start should attend an open casting call at the WPXT Studios in Westbrook. | More

K-12 Chinese language teachers invited to teach in China 

The U.S.-China Teachers Exchange Program, now in its 17th year, sends American K-12 teachers to China and brings Chinese secondary school teachers to the United States to spend a year teaching language and culture. | More

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