Maine DOE Updates – Jan. 23, 2012

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Welcome to the January edition of Maine DOE Updates.

It’s a new year, with all sorts of new developments in the world of Maine education.

Here at the Maine DOE, we had a busy week last week with the release of “Education Evolving: Maine’s Plan for Putting Learners First.” We released the strategic plan at the Capital Area Technical Center in Augusta, where Commissioner Bowen was joined by five students who discussed the enriching experiences they’ve had in school as a result of being able to take control of their learning.

Now, the focus turns to collecting the public’s feedback on the newly released strategic plan. What do you think? Is there something the plan missed? Something the plan does well?

Be sure to read the plan and offer your feedback.


Recognizing education’s evolution

The educational enterprise is constantly changing with the times. Our newly released strategic plan for education recognizes that reality. By Stephen BowenMore


Kaytie Scully speaks at a podium on Jan. 17, 2012, at the release of Maine's strategic plan for education.Video: Short-term objectives to meet long-term goals

Kaytie Scully has turned her high school experience around with the help of a personalized learning plan that’s allowed her to work toward a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate while earning high school credit. | More

Morgan Horn speaks at the podium on Jan. 17, 2012, at the release of Maine's strategic plan for education.Video: Personal learning plans, maximized learning

Morgan Horn has incorporated internships, job shadows, college-level classes, independent studies and other learning experiences into a customized course of study that will let her graduate from high school a semester early to pursue studies in medicine. | More

Video: Making a career out of a passion

Brooklyn Pinkham couldn’t wait to enroll in culinary arts classes as a junior at Capital Area Technical Center. When she did, she started excelling in school, and now she’s headed for a career as a chef with a goal of appearing on Food Network. | More | Learning faster, more creatively with technology | ‘Voice and choice’ in learning


Commissioner unveils education plan

AUGUSTA — Students will play a more active role in organizing their own learning and have more choice – such as internships, inter-disciplinary classes, independent study, and vocational education – in how they learn and achieve standards, according to a strategic plan for education unveiled by Maine‘s education commissioner. | More

Not chosen for award, Maine pledges to move ahead on early learning

AUGUSTA — While Maine was not one of the nine states chosen for a major federal grant for early learning programs, state education and health officials pledged to move forward anyway with their plan to bolster high quality early learning and development experiences for children before kindergarten. | More

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