Maine DOE Updates – Oct. 17, 2011

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Welcome to the October edition of Maine DOE Updates!

This month, we bring you more news to celebrate from 17 schools in the Portland area that have won awards in the HealthierUS School Challenge, the latest developments on the implementation of Maine’s new public charter schools law, dispatches from three recent training events attended by Maine teachers, and preliminary thoughts from Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen on Maine’s efforts to secure a waiver from the provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

FROM THE COMMISSIONER

Welcome news, and a special opportunity

For nearly 10 years, Maine’s schools have been trapped by an unfair and unrealistic system of accountability. We can change that by securing a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law. By Stephen BowenMore

Better engagement, better preparation

We need our students to finish high school with the skills they need to succeed in college and in careers. We won’t get that outcome unless our students are engaged in their learning. By Stephen Bowen | More

DISPATCHES

New education models, workforce readiness discussed at Midcoast forum

Officials from Maine’s education and business worlds met at Rockland’s Strand Theatre on Oct. 3 to discuss the transition to a new model for public education and how to equip students with the skills they’ll need to lead successful careers. | More

Maine’s charter school law takes effect

Maine’s charter school law took effect on Sept. 28, 2011. Now, it’s up to the Maine DOE to develop detailed rules and spread information about the new law. | More

Video: Sidney school opens a new year

The students at James H. Bean Elementary School in Sidney spent the first weeks of the 2011-12 school year setting their priorities and ground rules for learning — and for having fun as they do it. | More

PRESS RELEASES

Members sought for State Charter School Commission

FARMINGTON – The State Board of Education has appointed three of its members to a body with the power to authorize 10 Maine charter schools over the next decade. Now, the panel is seeking four more to serve. | More

17 Maine schools recognized for fostering healthy learning environments

AUGUSTA – Some 17 Maine schools are joining a small group of schools from across the nation that have raised the bar when it comes to fostering an environment of wholesome nutrition and frequent physical activity. | More