Maine DOE Updates – Aug. 9, 2011

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Welcome to the August edition of Maine DOE Updates!

When school lets out, the work doesn’t stop.

This month, we bring you proof that the professionals who work in our schools remain hard at work during the summer months, even when their students aren’t around. Maine educators have participated in a number of conferences and institutes this summer that have helped them sharpen their skills and meet the needs of their students.

As you browse this newsletter, we hope you might help us at the Department of Education deliver a web presence that meets your needs. If you have a few minutes, please take this survey to let us know how you might use an overhauled Department website.

FROM THE COMMISSIONER

Risk-taking as a route to transformation

Just as risk-taking is prized in the private sector as a route to innovation, we need to prize risk-taking in education as a route to necessary transformation. By Stephen BowenMore

DISPATCHES

Institute will stress literacy planning

The Summer Literacy Institute will bring together 260 educators from 27 Maine schools to focus on planning and sustaining improvements in literacy instruction. | More

Conference allows deep exploration, collaboration

The 150 educators who attended the Maine Learning Technology Initiative Summer Institute delved into a range of topics that addressed enhancing learning through technology. By Tim Follo | More

DOE seeks website feedback

The Maine Department of Education wants to hear from you as it goes about overhauling its web presence. | More

3 named Teacher of the Year finalists

One elementary school teacher, one high school math teacher and one high school English teacher are the state finalists for the title of 2012 Maine Teacher of the Year. | More

PRESS RELEASES

New task force to explore early-college options

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage announced the creation of a 19-member task force that will make recommendations on expanding early college and other post-secondary education opportunities for high school students. | More

Schools to share $5m-plus in improvement funds

AUGUSTA – Four schools in three school districts will receive more than $5 million in federal School Improvement Grant funding over the next three years. | More