Mt. Blue’s Doug Hodum named national teacher fellow

Doug Hodum, science teacher and science department head at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington, was recently selected as one of 12 Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellows.

Hodum is active in science education, both as a past participant in the Maine Governor’s Academy for Teacher Leaders in Mathematics and Science and in his current role as president of the Maine Science Teachers’ Association (MSTA).  On a local level, he participated in a pilot program, which combined engineering and science courses.  Hodum also worked on incorporating project-based learning as a strategy for student engagement and success.

In his capacity as a member of the board of MSTA, Doug has provided input into the review process of the drafts of the Next Generation of Science Standards at the state level.  Doug has a Master’s degree in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Technology from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

The National Teacher Fellowship is a competitive program designed for teacher leaders wanting to share their expertise, experience and ideas in helping to shape education policy nationwide. These outstanding educators were selected from nearly 100 applicants from 27 states to serve as representatives of Hope Street Group, advocating for education policy changes. They will meet and present to national, state and local policymakers, as well as to their peers across the country.

Hope Street Group is a nonprofit, bipartisan organization dedicated to promoting economic opportunity for all Americans by identifying and promoting rational methods of incentivizing better outcomes.

Past Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellows have engaged both state and federal policymakers in conversations about education policy, written op-eds and letters to the editor for major newspapers like The New York Times, and developed recommendations and solutions for overcoming obstacles impeding the implementation of fair and comparable teacher evaluation systems, including assisting in the development of three of the four assurances of what is now Race to the Top. Their hard work has led to the creation of the Hope Street Group Teacher Evaluation Playbook, an online resource that provides policymakers and other stakeholders advice, best practices and lessons learned from states going through the teacher evaluation reform process.