This week has been full of opportunities for me to witness the unwavering commitment of Maine educators to improving our schools and making sure all of our students are succeeding in their learning.
On Monday, I had the honor of presenting a $25,000 check from the Milken Family Foundation to Morgan Cuthbert, a deserving middle-school teacher in Yarmouth who has found the secret to motivating his math and science students. As a result of Morgan’s hard work, his students are excited to learn about topics ranging from the circulatory system to invasive species.
On Tuesday, I spoke with curriculum leaders from Maine schools during their conference in Freeport, which focused on a school system design that puts student — rather than administrative — needs at the center of everything we do.
And today and tomorrow, I plan to spend some time at the fall conference of the Maine School Management Association, whose members plan to focus on standards-based learning, closer integration of career and technical education with all other academics, and better preparation and more constructive evaluations for our educators — all in support of improved student learning.
— Stephen Bowen
- Improvements to the school approval process
- Notice of Proposed Rule Change: Chapter 61, Major Capital Construction
- Effective date of revised IEP and Adverse Effect form
- Federal funding cuts affect Maine programs
- Data quality recertification training starts Nov. 7
- Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey update
- One of two juvenile detention reintegration workshops canceled
Please note: We generally provide notice of requirements only once. Please check the Reporting Calendar (link below) regularly for a list of ALL upcoming items.
- No new reporting requirements this week.
NEWS & VIEWS
Bowen surprises Yarmouth teacher with $25,000 award
YARMOUTH — Harrison Middle School math and science teacher Morgan Cuthbert received a once-in-a-lifetime surprise on Monday in front of students and colleagues. That’s when Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen presented the $25,000 Milken Educator Award to the seventh-grade teacher. | More
Concussion initiative to expand to more schools
A $20,000 gift will allow Colby College’s Maine Concussion Management Initiative to provide student-athletes at more Maine schools with neuro-cognitive testing and management of the long-lasting impacts of concussions. | More
State Ed board member receives national honor
AUGUSTA — Maine State Board of Education member Nancy Perkins has won the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of State Boards of Education. | More