Commissioner’s Update – June 27, 2013

From the Commissioner

Congratulations on completing another successful school year.

I was honored to spend much of the past week connecting with many of Maine’s education leaders at the 102nd Annual Superintendent’s Conference in Northport. For those who attended, I hope the transformational leadership development combined with the transitional support to help your schools move to a proficiency-based diploma energized you as much as it did me. Just as our potential to graduate every student prepared is great, so are the stakes – as was made quite evident by the CEOs who spoke during Sunday’s session about the core competencies the opportunities of Maine’s future will demand.

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Legislative budget misses opportunity to support students

AUGUSTA – As Governor Paul R. LePage continues to review the upcoming two-year budget, which was delivered to him late last week, he has discovered a disturbing trend of cuts to education. The budget reflects a slashing by the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee of supports for existing programs proven to prepare Maine youth for success in college and their careers and some innovative new ones. | More

Free professional development to expand STEM teaching skills

The course schedule for the Maine School of Science and Mathematics’ 2013 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Educators’ Camp is now available. This camp is for educators looking to expand their repertoire of STEM teaching skills, delve deeper into STEM course content, develop ways to engage kids in STEM, get kids motivated in independent STEM research or start an after-school STEM club. | More

Portland Public Schools’ Patti Dyer wins special education award

The Maine Association of Special Education Directors has chosen Patti Dyer of Portland Public Schools as the Special Education Support Person of the Year. She was honored at the group’s annual awards banquet in Bangor. | More

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