Commissioner’s Update – October 18, 2012

Commissioner’s Update – October 18, 2012
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This week the Department released its new Response to Intervention website and classroom guidelines, which share best practices and resources for increasing student achievement.

Maine law requires all SAUs to implement a system of intervention by this fall, and we’re bringing you the tools to do it. Through RTI, teachers can identify academic and behavioral problems, ensuring success for all students.

I’ll be discussing best practices as they relate to RTI and the Department’s strategic plan at the Experts Down the Hall conference on Oct. 29. All Maine educators are invited to attend and learn more about the system.

— Stephen Bowen



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RTI practices subject of conference

K-12 staff from around the state are invited to discuss best practices surrounding response to intervention (RTI), standards-based learning and learner-centered instruction at the Experts Down the Hall Conference on Oct. 29. | More | RTI launches new website and support guidelines

First Lady LePage honors Maine Agriculture Teacher of the Year

Maine Agriculture in the Classroom celebrated its annual meeting and dinner on Oct. 17 at the State Grange in Augusta with presentations by Maine First Lady Ann LePage and  Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Walter Whitcomb. | More

Governor’s academy for STEM leadership accepting applications

K-12 Maine teacher leaders of mathematics, engineering or science interested in supporting science, technology, engineering and math education in their schools, districts or regions are encouraged to apply to the Governor’s Academy for STEM Education Leadership. | More

Register for 2013 state science fair

The 2013 Maine State Science Fair is open to all high school students and will be accepting entry forms through February 1. MSSF will be held March 23, 2013 at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor. | More

Youth exchange scholarships available to high school students

The U.S. Department of State offers four different scholarships for American high school students to study abroad in selected countries. Previous language study is not required, and language learners of all levels are encouraged to apply. | More

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