Commissioner’s Update – May 2, 2013

From the Commissioner

It’s been a busy week at Maine DOE as we released the first A-F report cards for each of the state’s schools as part of the new Maine School Performance Grading System. Now that we have a usable and understandable benchmark of where schools are, the real work begins!

The initiative focuses on continuous improvement through transparency, parent engagement and a renewed focus—not just by those of us in the education community but by all Mainers—on making all of our schools better for all of our students.

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Commissioner Bowen explains A-F school report cards at press conference Wednesday.Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen explains A-F school report cards during press conference at the Maine State Library. | More

News & Views

Governor, Education Commissioner release report cards for Maine schools

AUGUSTA – With the release today of report cards for each of the state’s schools, the Department of Education has provided Mainers with a better understanding of where their schools stand, and how they can improve. | More

State of Maine grants schools more flexibility in choosing technology

AUGUSTA – Thousands of Maine students will be firing up Hewlett Packard laptop computers next school year. On Friday, the Maine Department of Education announced HP as its preferred contractor in the Maine Learning Technology Initiative’s latest bid process. | More

Apply for school preparedness grants

The application for this year’s Community Oriented Policing Services Secure Our Schools (SOS) Program grant recently opened. | More

Governor’s STEM academy meets for second time

This week the Maine DOE, in collaboration with the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, convened the second meeting of the Maine Governor’s Academy for STEM Education Leadership. | More

Gov. LePage signs suicide awareness and prevention bill

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage signed LD 609, “An Act To Increase Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Maine Public Schools,” sponsored by Representative Paul Gilbert (D-Jay). | More

Nominate for Maine Curriculum Leader of the Year

The Maine Curriculum Leader of the Year award recognizes a curriculum leader who models the goals of the Maine Curriculum Leaders Association. | More

World languages initiative hosts institute, seeks teacher leaders

Once again this June, the Maine DOE, in collaboration with the Foreign Language Association of Maine and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, will hold a summer institute for Maine world language teachers. | More

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