Bowen pays visit to science, math academy

The Maine Governor’s Academy for Science and Mathematics graduated its third cohort of teachers on June 30. Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen attended the group’s culminating session at Sebasco Harbor Resort in Phippsburg.

The participating teachers took part in two years of professional development aimed at preparing them for leadership roles that require understanding of research-based science and math education, staff development and education policy.

The Maine Governor’s Academy began in 2001 and is modeled after the National Academy for K-12 Science and Mathematics Education Leadership, which has built national leadership for science and mathematics reform.

Since its founding, the Governor’s Academy has produced more than 75 science and mathematics teachers engaged in local, state and national efforts to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

The Maine Department of Education and the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research funded the recently graduated Governor’s Academy cohort.