Commissioner’s Update – December 12, 2013

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Earlier this week, I was proud to join Governor Paul R. LePage in honoring the important role computer science has in our state’s classrooms and growing economy by recognizing Computer Science Education Week (CSEDdWeek).

This national awareness week (Dec. 9-15), founded by our Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) partner Microsoft and also sponsored by Apple, our longest-running MLTI partner, seeks to engage more students in computer science.

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Sally Sherman, biologist for the Maine Department of Marine Resources, explains data about winter flounder to students from Downeast Maine who are working together to engineer a new fishery.

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Governor LePage, Acting Education Commissioner Rier recognize Computer Science Education Week

AUGUSTA – Maine Governor Paul R. LePage and Acting Education Commissioner Jim Rier are recognizing the important role computer science has in the state’s classrooms and growing economy. | More

Downeast students partner to engineer new fishery

Students from seven coastal Maine high schools began designing an alternative fishery for Downeast Maine this week as part of the Eastern Maine Skippers Program. The 45 students  will work with researchers from Penobscot East Resource Center and the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) to begin engineering a trap-based winter flounder fishery. | More

Fairview Elementary wins $25,000 in U.S. Cellular’s Calling All Communities contest

AUBURN – Students, teachers and administrators at Fairview Elementary School are $25,000 richer after being named this week as a 2013 Champion in U.S. Cellular’s Calling All Communities campaign. The Auburn school was one of 20 nationwide that garnered the most community votes and the money to use as they wish to enhance their educational experience.  | More

Maine CDC offers teachers youth tobacco training

Teachers who want to learn how to better talk to youth tobacco users may benefit from free trainings offered throughout the state in December and January by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Comprehensive Cancer Control Program.  | More

QZAB Tax Credit Bond applications due Feb. 14

The Department will accept applications for the Federal Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) Program through Feb. 14.   Maine DOE currently has $2,924,000 of QZAB issuing authority to distribute to qualifying schools units. | More

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