School budget dilemmas

Please note that this post refers to one particular consolidated coastal school district in Maine. I believe the situation it describes pertains to other districts. If your school district faces the same kinds of problems as RSU 13 please let me know in the comment box. School districts could possibly help each other out with shared problems. The […]

School funding formula favors affluent communities

Please paste the link below into your browser and sign the petition if you believe the school funding formula in Maine needs to be adjusted to be more equitable. https://www.change.org/p/state-of-maine-review-and-adjust-the-state-of-maine-s-funding-formula-of-k-12-schools The way the formula works now,  some wealthy towns such as Yarmouth (whose average family income is over $69,000 per year) – receive more money from the […]

Teacher Professional Development Done Right

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Today I have had the great pleasure of attending STEM: Innovation Forum 2015 in Portland, Maine. The forum was  sponsored by the Perloff Family Foundation, the University of Southern Maine, the Maine Community Foundation, and the Maine Space Grant Consortium. The forum was offered free of charge to educators in the state. The day-long program […]

Squandering teacher talents bites schools where it hurts

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At a time when our nation is struggling to improve education, in most schools we daily squander our biggest resource: teachers. Experienced teachers have the ability and knowledge to significantly improve the schools they work in and should be given leadership roles in developing curriculum, training new teachers, helping to evaluate programs, and leading teams. Unfortunately, this rarely happens. […]

Legislature under LePage administration delivers educational mandates but won’t foot the bill!

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The legislature in Augusta passed LD 1422: Proficiency-Based Diplomas in May of 2012. This law requires students to demonstrate proficiency in all eight content areas of the Maine Learning Results in order to receive a high school diploma. The eight content areas in which a student will be obliged to show proficiency are: Career and Education Development; […]

Should schools teach empathy?

The education reform agenda promoted by the federal government, the testing industry, and many state governors is off the mark. Our greatest need in education is not measurement and accountability and standards. While these can be useful tools for improvement, they should hardly occupy center stage. Our focus should instead be on making sure we are giving our youth an education […]

Will we have quality teachers in the future?

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  The degrading treatment teachers have suffered over the past decade at the hands of politicians and bureaucrats is turning talented, ambitious young people off from pursuing careers in the classroom. “Teaching in general has been losing favor. From 2010 to 2013, the number of student candidates enrolled in teacher training programs fell 12.5 percent, according to federal […]

My child – and yours – deserves an education equal to that of any other child in the state!

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Education in the state of Maine is currently consumed by the transition to standards-based curriculum. In Maine, local districts are focused on creating graduation standards and aligning curriculum to those standards. Lots of time on the part of teachers, administrators, and school board members is being spent on this transition. We all know that time […]

Technology : are we discriminating enough in how we use it in schools?

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For better and worse, our species has a new toy – technology – that consumes a great deal of attention both in and out of schools. In schools, technology is used to gather and report data about students and their learning outcomes, and as a learning tool. Compared to earlier decades, technology now gives us relatively easy access […]