Commissioner’s Update – December 13, 2012

Commissioner's Update - Dec. 13, 2012The Maine Educator Effectiveness Council has met many times this year to develop standards for teacher evaluation systems—and the Council has just submitted its report to the Legislature. Meanwhile, the Department has submitted proposed rules for these systems, based largely on the work of the Council so far.

Legislation passed last session requires school districts to develop and implement systems for evaluating teachers and principals based on professional practice, student achievement growth and other measures. The public is invited to read the Council’s report and attend the hearing on Dec. 27 in order to weigh in on the proposed rules we submit in January to the Legislature, which in turn will also hold a public hearing before taking final action.

— Stephen Bowen




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Teacher eval systems move forward

AUGUSTA – The move toward evaluation systems for teachers in all Maine schools takes a big step forward this month. The Maine Department of Education will hold a hearing later this month on rules setting the standards for such evaluation systems. | More

Governors Awards for Service & Volunteerism nominations now open

These awards celebrate and honor the exemplary work of Maine’s very dedicated citizens. At the same time, the awards seek to inspire others to follow in the footsteps of those recognized. | More

Students invited to meet career women in STEM fields

Middle school girls are invited to connect with women in underrepresented career fields including science, technology, engineering and mathematics by participating in the Expanding Your Horizons conference. | More

Science specialist explains Next Gen Science Standards

The Maine DOE’s Science and Technology Specialist Anita Bernhardt will conduct a two-hour informational session for educators to learn about the Next Generation Science Standards, hosted by MSAD 75. | More

Portland Children’s Film Festival seeks films by young people

The Portland Children’s Film Festival is seeking entries to the Young Filmmakers Contest, which will take place in conjunction with the festival on April 4-7, 2013. | More


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