Commissioner’s Update – September 27, 2012

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Next Friday is packed with events for Maine educators, and I’m excited to be right in the thick of it.

While I’m presenting Maine’s Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year award at our annual CTE conference in Lewiston, educators gathered in nearby Gardiner will be linking Next Generation Science Standards to the Common Core at the Maine Science Teachers Association’s fall conference.

Registration for both conferences is still available at the links above. I’m looking forward to seeing many of Maine’s teachers and administrators Friday, October 5.

— Stephen Bowen


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Upcoming conference for career and technical educators

High school and community college career and technical education teachers will have a chance to discuss alignment of curriculum to Maine and industry standards, innovations in the trade areas and exemplary practices in the world of work at the annual CTE conference Friday, Oct. 5. | More

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You might not think a teenager who earned good grades and had plenty of friends would have any trouble in high school, but Missy Nolette-Bald faced major struggles at home. She says she would not have had the tools to succeed if not for her Jobs for Maine’s Graduates teachers. | More

Two Mitchell scholars study diplomacy abroadSenator George Mitchell with 2012 Mitchell Institute international fellows Amanda Hall, of Yale University, and Spencer Traylor, of Colby College, at a post-internship celebration.

This spring, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and the Mitchell Institute selected two exemplary, globally minded students from current Mitchell scholars to participate in an innovative diplomacy internship. | More

New mentoring workshop for educators of gifted and talented

New and experienced gifted and talented educators will have a chance to learn new skills and practices at a mentoring workshop sponsored by the Maine Department of Education. | More

International students learn about Maine’s coastline, wind turbinesInternational high school student from China engages in hands-on learning at  the University of Maine.

International students engaged in interactive learning last week to better understand Maine’s effort to utilize its coastline. | More

Principals may submit nominees for Senate Youth ProgramSenator Susan Collins, a 1971 USSYP delegate, with last year’s USSYP delegates, Julia Brown, of Brunswick High School, and Adam Cohen, of Scarborough High School.

Two student leaders from Maine will be selected to participate in the 51st annual United States Senate Youth Program to be held in Washington, D.C. | More

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