Maine DOE Updates – November 19, 2012

Maine DOE Updates – November 2012
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Welcome to the November edition of Maine DOE Updates.

This month, the Maine Charter School Commission approved the application from the Baxter Academy for Technology and Science, making it the third charter school in the state.

Gov. Paul LePage also declared Nov. 2 “Shannon Shanning Day” to honor Maine’s 2013 Teacher of the Year, and the Department began soliciting applications for next year’s rigorous selection process.


Seeking nominations for the 2014 Teacher of the Year

The Maine Department of Education is accepting nominations for the 2014 Maine Teacher of the Year through Feb. 1, 2013. | More

Commission approves sciences charter school

AUGUSTA – The Maine Charter School Commission voted Friday to approve the application from the Baxter Academy for Technology and Science to move to the contract phase that will result in becoming the first public charter school in Maine’s history focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). | More

Students praise learner-centered instruction at RTI conferenceHall-Dale High School seniors (from left) Anais Truman, Spencer Shagoury, Harry Cheung and Kurt Thiele present at the statewide RTI Conference.

Teachers, administrators and superintendents eager to incorporate response to intervention (RTI) and student-centered learning practices into their curricula flooded the Augusta Civic Center for breakout training sessions at the Experts Down the Hall conference. | More

Bowen to honor student Veterans Day essay winners

As with many of Gov. Paul LePage’s cabinet members, Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen will be participating Monday in an event to mark Veterans Day. | More

Finalists for U.S. Senate program present on government issues

What do you think is the most important issue facing the U.S. today? This is the question a panel of five judges posed to 10 Maine high school students vying for a prestigious honor. | More

Gov. LePage declares Nov. 2 “Shannon Shanning Day”Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen congratulates 2013 Teacher of the Year Shannon Shanning, pictured with a former student, at celebratory banquet.

Shannon Shanning, Maine’s 2013 Teacher of the Year, joined other semi-finalists at a banquet marking the end of the latest Teacher of the Year cycle on Nov. 2. | More

Technical student organizations offer leadership training

Two of Maine’s technical student organizations, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Future Farmers of America (FFA), joined forces for the first time at the Augusta Armory to provide nearly 100 high school students with fast-paced leadership training on Nov. 1. | 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. | More

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