Maine DOE Updates – September 17, 2012

Maine DOE Updates – September 17, 2012
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Welcome to the September edition of Maine DOE Updates.

And welcome back, everyone, to another school year.

This month, we applied for flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act, named a top-notch educator from Poland our 2013 Maine Teacher of the Year and kicked off our new statewide literacy plan.

Now we’re asking communities to begin putting together their own literacy plans by joining us at one of six regional meetings in the coming weeks. And, looking ahead, the Maine Charter School Commission has started accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year.

DISPATCHES

Finding my centerAlana Margeson, 2012 Teacher of the Year, at Space Camp

July was a thrilling month as Maine Teacher of the Year—it involved Bill Gates and Space Camp. My head was spinning…in part from the amount of information to be digested from a national conference on educational policy, and in part due to the multi-axis trainer at Space Camp. By Alana Margeson | More

Lewiston teacher hailed “Champion of Change” by White HouseHead shot of Linda St. Andre, principal in Lewiston, a White House "Champion of Change."

The White House honored Linda St. Andre, principal of Governor James B. Longley Elementary School in Lewiston, among 12 distinguished school turnaround leaders named “Champions of Change.” | More

Waterville teens “spark” change at Seventeen magazineJulia Bluhm and Izzy Labbe of Waterville Junior High traveled to New York City to protest Seventeen magazine.

Julia Bluhm, an eighth grader from Waterville Junior High, had a sneaking suspicion that not all young women were beautiful, thin and fit. | More

Opportunity to participate in NECAP science inquiry tasks

The Maine Department of Education has agreed to recruit schools to serve as field testing sites to administer NECAP science inquiry tasks in grades 5, 8 and 11. | More

Commissioner Stephen Bowen’s remarks at Literacy for ME launch in Lewiston

“We are here to support our schools and educators, that’s clear. And we are helping them to help our students achieve and aspire and be prepared for success after high school – in college and careers and as engaged citizens.” | More

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PRESS RELEASES

Poland teacher named 2013 Teacher of the Year

Commissioner Bowen giving 2013 Maine Teacher of the Year award to Shannon Shanning of Poland.

POLAND – Shannon Shanning, a seventh- and eighth-grade special education teacher at Whittier Middle School, was named the 2013 Maine Teacher of the Year in front of students, colleagues, family and other distinguished guests. | More

Commission issues request for Charter School proposals

AUGUSTA – The Maine Charter School Commission announced last week it will accept applications from potential charter school operators who hope to open schools for the 2013-14 school year. | More

Request for ESEA flexibility formally submitted to feds

AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Education submitted a request for flexibility under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (or No Child Left Behind Act) to the federal government Sept. 6. | More

Communities asked to create local literacy plans

LEWISTON – Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen, educators, business people and others joined together at the Lewiston Public Library to launch a statewide effort aimed at assisting communities to build local plans for helping their kids, adults, immigrants and others achieve higher levels of literacy. | More

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FROM THE COMMISSIONER

Literacy: not just for schools, anymore

It’s time for a new school year, and here at the Maine DOE we’re continuing the work of our strategic plan. In a few weeks, the Department will launch its birth-to-adult literacy initiative, Literacy for ME, and we’re hoping to get the whole state involved. By Stephen Bowen | More

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