Commissioner’s Update – March 28, 2013

Oops! We inadvertently sent you an early draft of the weekly update this morning. Here’s the finished product. Sorry for the double posting.
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From the Commissioner

By all accounts last Friday’s Governor’s Conference on Education: Putting Students First was a great success. Not because everyone agreed with every idea that was presented, but because we were able to hear about innovations and reforms in Florida and elsewhere that have had some real impact on student achievement, and continue our conversation about which make sense for Maine to consider and put into action.

More than 200 superintendents, legislators, principals, teachers, higher ed administrators and others attended the event (a big thank you to Cony High School in Augusta for hosting).

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Governor Paul R. LePage and Michelle Zhang, Cony High School senior, offered welcome addresses at the first Governor's Conference on Education.
Governor Paul R. LePage and Michelle Zhang, Cony High School senior, offered welcome addresses at the first Governor’s Conference on Education. | More
Headshot of Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett.
Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennett gave the keynote address at the first Governor’s Conference on Education. | More

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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 | View photos

Seeking organizations to feed children this summer

Maine DOE Child Nutrition Services is seeking organizations to sponsor the federally funded Summer Food Service Program to provide children healthy meals when school is not in session. | More

Educators invited to financial literacy in schools conference

Educators, administrators and counselors who are interested in improving the financial capability of Maine students should register for the fourth annual “Fostering Financial Literacy in Maine Schools Conference.” | More

ELA/Literacy Summer Institute scheduled

As the transition to implementation of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy continues, the Maine DOE invites school/district teams to attend a two-day event to explore transition issues and advance professional development plans. | More

First summer food service summit a success

The Maine DOE Child Nutrition Department’s first Summer Food Service Program Summer Summit, held March 13, drew 84 attendees from all counties in Maine. | More

Updated: Seventh and eighth grade math teachers called to participate in UMaine study

In a study offered by the University of Maine and ASSISTments, seventh and eighth grade math teachers will be paid to use a free online system to easily assign and monitor practice problems for homework, either from their textbooks or their own problems. | More

Attend Maine Cohort for Customized Learning workshop

All Maine educators are invited to hear about the customized learning vision for Maine schools at the Maine Cohort for Customized Learning’s upcoming consortium: “Designing a Standards-Based, Customized Learning Community.” | More

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