We crammed a lot into our 100th annual Maine School Superintendents’ Conference earlier this week.
The 175 people who attended were treated to six presentations about school transformation, an iPad demonstration from Apple, a talk about school bus refurbishment, and multiple visioning sessions.
It was hard work. But out of it came something we can use: The tenets of a vision for the education system we want to work toward in Maine. As I write in my blog this week, I left the superintendents’ conference believing that the Department of Education and our superintendents can be productive partners in this work.
This is the last Commissioner’s Update of the 2010-11 school year.
- During the summer months, this publication will come out every other week. The next Commissioner’s Update will arrive in your inbox on July 14. We’ll resume our weekly publication schedule in late August.
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— Stephen Bowen
- NOTICE: Staff, student data collection to close July 8
- NOTICE: DOE announced special ed funds
- ADMIN LTR: Maine Unified Special Education Regulations Effective July 2
- ADMIN LTR: Enacted 2011-12 General Purpose Aid for Local Schools
- REPORTING: School Nurse End of the Year Report, June 30
- REPORTING: Claim for Reimbursement of Child Nutrition Services, July 8
- REPORTING: EF-M-39A Report of Adult Education for Subsidy Purposes, July 15
- REPORTING: EF-T-21 Bus Safety & Training Report, July 31
- REPORTING: EF-T-24 Vehicle Inventory Form (Pupil Transportation), July 31
- REPORTING: EF-U-433 No Child Left Behind Performance Report, Aug. 1
- REPORTING: End-of-Year Financial Reports, Aug. 25
- REPORTING: Special Education Tuition Report EF-S-07, Sept. 16
NEWS & VIEWS
The schools in Gray and New Gloucester are in the midst of a five-year transition to a standards-based model of education. It’s been a challenge, but the learning process is becoming transparent, and students are starting to own their learning. | More
The students at Yarmouth High School take charge of their learning with the aid of Maine Learning Technology Initiative laptops. | More
We have difficult and important work ahead of us. After this week’s superintendents’ conference, I’m reassured to know our lead administrators will be invaluable partners as we go about doing it. By Stephen Bowen | More