The Kennebec Valley Superintendents Association (KVSA) celebrated the great things happening in the region’s public schools at a special showcase held earlier this month at Thomas College in Waterville. Instructional programming to help bolster Kindergarten students’ literacy skills as they enter school, opportunities for teachers to engage in ongoing professional learning related to mathematics instruction, student choral and instrumental musical performances , dual enrollment opportunities and robotics club offerings for high school students were just a few of the examples of innovative educational programming shared during the event.
Organized by the KVSA, the showcase provided attendees with opportunities to learn about the wide range of educational programming available from pre-K through adulthood in schools within the Kennebec Valley.
Each school system developed an interactive tabletop display and, in most cases, students were available to share information and to answer questions. The range of topics underscored the variety of choices available to students within the public school systems.. Partners from institutions of higher education, including Thomas College, the University of Maine at Augusta and the University of Maine at Farmington, shared strategies for collaborating with the public schools, including learning opportunities for students following high school graduation. The showcase drew Maine DOE staff including Chief Academic Officer Rachelle Tome, legislators, State Board of Education members, local school board members and interested citizens.