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Major shortage of world language teachers hits Maine and the nation

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Decades of neglect at the public school and college levels have now reaped the inevitable disastrous results: nationwide we have a major shortage of world language teachers, and advertised positions all over the country are going unfilled. This means that students who want to study languages, either out of intrinsic interest – or because they […]

How can we encourage teachers to stay in the profession?

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Teachers are by and large an intensely devoted group of professionals. When the calendar turns to August we start focusing on curriculum planning and on ideas for improving our practice in the coming year. We read, we connect with colleagues locally, and we use technology to brainstorm with teachers all around the country, sometimes even […]

What is the truth about really boosting educational equity?

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In November voters in Maine will have a chance to vote for passage of Question 2 – Stand Up for Students – an initiative that would help local school districts provide a strong, equitable education for all Maine students. Passage of the initiative would mean the Legislature would fund education in all districts in Maine […]

Mike Pence supports bill that threatens school lunch quality

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Donald Trump’s Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence favors passage of a bill that would make it harder for poor children in the USA to receive school lunches and would allow all children in school to make nutritionally questionable decisions. The bill, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), and known as the “Improving Child Nutrition […]

Maine’s opiate crisis is impacting our children

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Maine has an opiate and heroin addiction crisis, and it’s impacting our children. Some of them are born addicted; others suffer the results of living with parents who are addicted. As a teacher I am trained to help children develop intellectually, socially, and emotionally. My fellow teachers and I work hard and try to do […]

Maine’s new economy depends on education innovators

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On June 30 a group of 150 educators and innovators gathered at Bowdoin College for a day-long discussion of ‘the critical role of education innovators in supporting a new economy in Maine’. The gathering was convened by Alan Caron of the non-profit Envision Maine, with sponsorship or partnership from twelve organizations, including Maine Community Foundation, […]