Commissioner’s Update – June 9, 2011

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We’re now into our seventh week of publishing the Commissioner’s Update. Thank you for the comments of support and the suggestions you’ve made. This week’s issue contains an important improvement that we made in response to your feedback:

We’ve combined all reporting requirements, administrative letters, items you should note and other administrative items into the newly renamed “Action Items” section of the Update. If it’s a must-know item for superintendents, it will be in this section.

Also at your suggestion, we’ve made an addition to the online Newsroom:

Now you can forward every item published — be it an administrative letter, press release or blog entry — by email to the appropriate person who needs to see it. Just click on the “Email” link at the bottom of any item and enter the appropriate address.

In addition, don’t forget that everyone can subscribe to the Commissioner’s Update. We encourage you to invite your administrators, teachers, school board members, parents – anyone with an interest in Maine education – to subscribe by clicking here.

Keep sending us your feedback! And when you’re at the Superintendents’ Conference, look for David Connerty-Marin and Matt Stone. They’ll be showing off the Newsroom and soliciting your thoughts, concerns and suggestions.

— Stephen Bowen



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At Casco Bay, expeditions foster engagement

The students who choose to enroll at Portland’s Casco Bay High School sign up for a course of study that emphasizes project-based, interdisciplinary, inquiry-fueled learning. | More

King Middle turns around with expeditions

In the late 1980s, Portland’s King Middle School segregated its students by perceived ability. Today, it’s a national example of a school where all students can be engaged with their learning. | More

MLTI and next-level learning

I’m commonly asked about the future of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. Whether it’s more laptops, iPads or a technology that doesn’t exist yet, I can’t imagine a future without it. By Stephen Bowen | More

Awardees recognized for helping students at risk

AUGUSTA – Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen honored 10 people in a Blaine House ceremony for their contributions to meeting the needs of children and youth at risk in their schools and communities. | More

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