Maine schools have long been looked to as national leaders in education innovation.
That’s why I am not surprised that Education Week recently named three of our state’s schools to a list of those across the country worth visiting. Continue reading
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The Portland Public Schools is launching a new program, Parent University, to involve parents and guardians more fully in their children’s education. Continue reading
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AUGUSTA – The Maine Charter School Commission (MCSC) has received applications from four groups interested in opening public charter schools in the fall of 2014.
Those submitting applications by the Dec. 2 deadline to join Maine’s five existing public charter schools included Lewiston-Auburn Academy Charter School, Lewiston; Maine Connections Academy; Maine Virtual Academy; and Many Hands Montessori School, Windham. Continue reading
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STANDISH - Bonny Eagle Robotics Team (A.K.A. BERT) announced today that they are currently in second place in a national competition for their team’s “First Foot” engineering concept about a shoe that collects and stores energy.
Pairs of Unum employees visited every class at Presumpscot Elementary School in Portland this week to read a children’s book, discuss it and participate in a related activity as part of the Scholastic R.E.A.L. program.
The program aims to get students excited about reading and to build their literacy skills. Continue reading
No matter how effective your instruction is, students need to actually be in your classroom to learn. Yet despite many schools’ best efforts to ensure attendance, too many kids are not showing up.
As part of our fall School Improvement Webinar Series, Maine DOE invites you to join us Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m for a webinar entitled “Getting Kids To Show Up,” led by Rachelle Tome (DOE Chief Academic Officer), Susan Lieberman (Spurwink), Suzanne Godin (South Portland School Department) and Daniel Chuhta (MSAD 75). Continue reading
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Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen announced the King Middle School sixth-and seventh-grade teacher as Maine’s top educator in a surprise all-school assembly Tuesday
2014 Maine Teacher of the Year Karen MacDonald and Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen
PORTLAND – A 24-year veteran teacher at the state’s most diverse middle school is the 2014 Maine Teacher of the Year.
In a surprise assembly at King Middle School (KMS) in Portland Tuesday morning, Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen announced Karen MacDonald, who has served students in Portland Public Schools since 1979, as Maine’s top teacher. Continue reading
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AUGUSTA – Seven groups informed the Maine Charter School Commission (MCSC) that they plan to submit applications to open public charter schools in Maine. All of the groups hope to open a school in the fall of 2014.
The deadline for delivery of the letters to the Maine Charter School Commission or having them postmarked was this past Tuesday. Continue reading
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The Maine Association of Special Education Directors has chosen Patti Dyer of Portland Public Schools as the Special Education Support Person of the Year. She was honored at the group’s annual awards banquet in Bangor.
Falmouth High School awarded the first Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, known as STEM, diploma endorsements in the state of Maine to 18 of its 189 graduates this year. A STEM endorsement recognizes motivated students who have chosen to devote a significant amount of time and effort to pursuing an extensive course load of STEM-oriented work consisting of electives, extended learning opportunities and a related job shadow and senior project.