Maine DOE Monthly – March 26, 2013

Welcome to the March issue of Maine DOE Monthly.

This month, Commissioner Bowen continued his Promising Practices tour at Lewiston Regional Technical Center, where he detailed targeted education supports in Governor Paul R. LePage’s proposed biennial budget and spoke with students who take early college or virtual classes.

At the “Governor’s Conference on Education: Putting Students First,” education policy leaders from across the U.S. shared best practices, models and innovative reforms with more than 200 educators, legislators, business leaders and others. Governor LePage, who has made education one of the top priorities of his Administration, created the conference to bring reform ideas to Maine for discussion with policy leaders.



LHS students (from left to right) Paige Clabby, Amal Mohamed and Faith Ide describe their early college experiences to Commissioner Stephen Bowen.
LHS students (from left to right) Paige Clabby, Amal Mohamed and Faith Ide describe their early college experiences to Commissioner Stephen Bowen.

Dispatches & Press Releases

Governor’s Conference on Education leads to positive discussions about student-focused reform

AUGUSTA – Invited to Maine by Gov. Paul R. LePage, education policy leaders from around the country shared practices, models and innovative reforms with more than 200 legislators, business leaders, educators and others at Cony High School Friday at the Governor’s Conference on Education: Putting Students First. | More

Lewiston to launch College Scholars program this fall

Lewiston High School’s school board has recently approved a plan to expand and formalize the work of College for ME by implementing a College Scholars program, set to begin this fall in collaboration with the University of Southern Maine. | More | Lewiston a model for early college program | Press release

Innovative Maine Schools selected to present at conference

AUGUSTA – Three Maine secondary schools—Falmouth High School, Sanford High School, and United Technologies Center (Bangor)—have been invited to represent the state at a regional conference on effective strategies for improving teaching and learning in the 21st century. | More

Center for Best Practice releases glossary of proficiency-based learning terms

The Maine Department of Education’s Center for Best Practice has compiled a Glossary of Proficiency-Based Education in Maine to help educators navigate the shift toward proficiency-based/learner-centered education. | More

Two Maine students selected for community spirit award

The Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards recently selected Katherine Elliott, 18, of Scarborough and Marissa Bates, 10, of Westbrook as Maine’s top youth volunteers for 2013. | More

Watch new Center for Best Practice videos from western Maine

The Maine DOE Center for Best Practice is pleased to announce the release of two new videos exploring the shift to proficiency-based/learner-centered practice. | More

Weatherbee School gets community involved in Maine Day

George B. Weatherbee School in Hampden recently celebrated its second annual “Maine Day,” a tribute to Maine Statehood Day, by offering dozens of state-themed workshops to its third through fifth grade students on Monday, March 18. | More

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