Commissioner’s Update – May 16, 2013

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As you receive this, 1,000 students and 200 educators along with their Apple MacBooks are at the University of Maine showcasing how State-supplied technology is transforming learning and better preparing them for success in their classroom, career and civic life as part of the 10th Annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative Student Conference.

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Fifth graders (from left) Liana Shaw, Blake Jeffries and Colby Brown work together on Final Jeopardy question about greek and latin root words.Fifth graders (from left) Liana Shaw, Blake Jeffries and Colby Brown work together on a Final Jeopardy question about Greek and Latin root words. | More

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Education Commissioner invites teachers to online forum on A-F grading opportunities

AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Education will continue the conversation on using its new A-F grades to improve schools with an online teacher forum this Thursday. | More

New Center for Best Practice videos feature RSU 16

The Maine Center for Best Practice announces the posting of two new videos of Maine schools working toward learner-centered, proficiency-based education. Both schools are from Regional School Unit 16. | More

Bowen praises improvement efforts at Indian Township and Caravel Middle Schools

CARMEL – Department of Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen commended regional sharing of resources as well as professional development efforts at Indian Township School in Princeton and Caravel Middle School (RSU 87/MSAD 23) in Carmel, which he visited Thursday and Friday as part of his Promising Practices Tour. | More

Maine FFA Association hosts 83rd state convention

The Maine FFA Association (formerly known as “Future Farmers of America”) held its 83rd annual state convention May 9-10 at the University of Maine. | More

Discover two pathways to an engineering degree in Maine

The University of Maine and Southern Maine Community College have partnered to provide two unique pathways to a degree in engineering: SMCC Pre-Engineering and UMaine Brunswick Engineering, both available at the SMCC Midcoast Campus at Brunswick Landing. | More

Maine CITE program supports adaptive technology loan fund

The mPower Loan Fund, which provides loans for adaptive equipment with the support of the Maine Department of Education’s Maine CITE program, announced that two of their representatives participated in the RESNA Catalyst Project meeting in Washington, D.C., last week. | More

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