Commissioner's Update from the Maine Department of Education.
Maine DOE Commissioner's Update
June 28, 2012

Educators from across the state gathered in Augusta for the 101st annual Maine Superintendents’ Conference earlier this week.
 
The 145 people in attendance listened to perspectives on student-centered learning, and participated in five of nine possible workshop sessions, ranging in topic from expanded learning opportunities to proficiency-based data management.
 
In the end, these two days were well spent. Most importantly, we had a chance to discuss the best ways for the Department of Education to collaborate with superintendents on our shared goal: preparing every Maine student for success.

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 — Stephen Bowen



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NEWS & VIEWS

Laura Richards School overcomes CIPS status, surpasses standardsFirst grade teacher Laurie Malcolm (upper left) studies shapes with the Reiter family during Math Mania night at Laura E. Richards School.

Being identified as a Continuous Improvement Priority School in 2009 was devastating for staff at Laura E. Richards School in Gardiner. Now, after two years of hard work by Principal Karen Moody, her staff and the entire school community, students have surpassed the targets in both math and reading. | More

High school students compete in international science fair

For the first time ever, students from Maine competed in the prestigious INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair held this year in Pittsburgh, Penn. | More

Opportunity to attend autism training in July

The Maine Department of Education will host Evidence-Based Autism Team Training for school districts in July and will soon be accepting applications from districts to be part of this statewide initiative. | More

EPA advises schools to protect indoor air quality

Smart summer shutdown is essential for maintaining healthy indoor environments in schools. During these warmer months, school or district representatives can take preventative and proactive actions to protect indoor air quality and save energy costs. | More

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Meagan Currie of Greely High School took first place at the Maine State Science Fair with her project on oxygen production in seaweed.
Meagan Currie of Greely High School in Cumberland took first place at the Maine State Science Fair with her oxygen production in seaweed project. Currie, along with Sam Wood of Mt. Ararat High School, were the first two Maine students to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh. | More

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