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Dear School Committee: Please Trust Us

"Here in Lewiston, Maine, a small group of experienced elementary school teachers put their thoughts together in an eloquent letter, which they presented to the local school committee on Monday night.  Their thoughts will ring true with teachers and parents everywhere."

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Auburn Schools, Pioneers in Use of iPads for Youngest Students Switch Back to Laptops

Auburn Schools, Pioneers in Use of iPads for Youngest Students Switch Back to Laptops | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Robinson says very quickly the school realized the switch may have been a mistake. Complaints poured in from students and teachers. The on-screen keyboard was frustrating, they said. Science teachers couldn’t use certain electronic probes and instruments. And worst of all, Robinson says, both students and teachers found iPads distracting.
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Teachers union survey blasts Maine’s new standardized tests

Teachers union survey blasts Maine’s new standardized tests | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Maine’s teachers union on Monday released survey results that are strongly critical of the standardized exams. 

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In Maine, Intervention Smooths 9th Graders' Paths

The Building Assets-Reducing Risks program now being tested in Maine is among a handful of promising ideas that started as federal i3 grants.
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Ballot question to increase education spending will go to voters - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Ballot question to increase education spending will go to voters - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Secretary of State certified the campaign, which is attempting to impose a 3 percent tax on upper-income households to increase education funding.
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Later start times for southern Maine middle and high schools proposed

Later start times for southern Maine middle and high schools proposed | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
With an eye toward student health, the CDC recommends the school day start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
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Lawmaker proposes legislation to ease high school graduation requirements in Maine - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Lawmaker proposes legislation to ease high school graduation requirements in Maine - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There is widespread concern that the current standards are 'practically impossible' for many students to meet.
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Here's another "unconference" PD opportunity for Maine educators: February 6 at Mt. Blue HS in Farmington. 

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Maine's new virtual charter school sees 25% enrollment drop since opening - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine's new virtual charter school sees 25% enrollment drop since opening - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Maine Charter School Commission may explore ways to better inform students about what to expect, perhaps with a 'tryout' week.
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Maine signs $4.14 million contract for standardized student testing

Maine signs $4.14 million contract for standardized student testing | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A New Hampshire-based company will develop and administer new English and math tests for students in third through eighth grades.
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How a Maine nonprofit uses writing to help immigrant kids find a sense of belonging

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The Telling Room is one of 12 arts organizations honored by the White House this week.
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The value of a Maine college degree: Schools fire back against new Obama report card

The value of a Maine college degree: Schools fire back against new Obama report card | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Now, for the first time, a trove of new federal data sheds fresh light on the value of a college education at thousands of schools across the nation.
But many schools are crying foul on the federal report card, including several in Maine that claim it fails to accurately reflect the successes of their students."

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Young Writers, Bookseller Honored at Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance 2015 Literary Awards

Young Writers, Bookseller Honored at Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance 2015 Literary Awards | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The awards are presented annually by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Three young writers also won awards for their writing: 

Alicia Thurston, Topsham, for Poetry http://www.pressherald.com/2015/05/31/maine-writers-publishers-alliance-2015-maine-literary-awards-youth-poetry/

Emily Noyes, Orono, for Fiction http://www.pressherald.com/2015/05/31/maine-writers-publishers-alliance-2015-maine-literary-awards-youth-fiction/ ;

Faris Baziga, Portland for Nonfiction http://www.pressherald.com/2015/05/31/maine-writers-publishers-alliance-2015-maine-literary-awards-youth-non-fiction/ ;

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Students have frank talks about race and identity at civil rights conference in Augusta - Central Maine

Students have frank talks about race and identity at civil rights conference in Augusta - Central Maine | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Office of the Maine Attorney General hosted Monday's conference with support from the Maine Humanities Council.
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Bangor’s Paige Brown, Greely’s Matthew Pisini named U.S. Presidential Scholars

Bangor’s Paige Brown, Greely’s Matthew Pisini named U.S. Presidential Scholars | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Maine students Paige E. Brown of Bangor High School and Matthew A. Pisini of Greely High School in Cumberland were among the 160 high school seniors named Wednesday as 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars. Maine news, sports, politics and election results, and obituaries from the Bangor Daily News.
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Biddeford, Saco, Dayton to push back start times for middle, high school students - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Biddeford, Saco, Dayton to push back start times for middle, high school students - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Citing a desire to give students a better chance to learn, the school boards of Biddeford, Saco and Dayton agreed Wednesday to push back start times for middle and high school students to 8:30 a.m. or later.
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Stuart Kestenbaum named Maine's new poet laureate 

Stuart Kestenbaum named Maine's new poet laureate  | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The former director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts replaces Wesley McNair of Mercer, who filled the post for the past five years.
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Classes in Cumberland, North Yarmouth to start later next year - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Classes in Cumberland, North Yarmouth to start later next year - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The school board pushes back start times based on recommendations for students' health, joining a national movement.
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Teachings in Mindful Education - Professional Development for Wellness & Renewal

Teachings in Mindful Education - Professional Development for Wellness & Renewal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Teachings in Mindful Education (TIME in Maine) is a four-day, three-night immersion in mindfulness skills, enhanced self-awareness and development of collegial support.
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Addressing Racism in Maine...upcoming events

Addressing Racism in Maine...upcoming events | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Part of solving a problem involves admitting that a problem exists. Talking about racism in Maine is a loaded issue, no one wants to see their beloved state being slammed and sullied. Yet I have been in Maine since 2002 and for all the wonderful things that I have come to love about this state (yes, there are things that I love about Maine), I don’t love how so many of my fellow residents refuse to acknowledge that discrimination and bigotry are very real and that for Mainers of color, we often have a very tumultuous relationship with the state.
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How student loan debt weighs on each Maine town, in one interactive map

How student loan debt weighs on each Maine town, in one interactive map | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The color-coded map above provides a glimpse at the impact America’s student loan debt crisis is having on Maine, town by town. Generally speaking, the darker the color on the map, the higher the delinquency rate for students trying to repay their loans and the bigger the problem. The example [...]
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New UMPI ag concentration comes amid opportunities for fallow land

New UMPI ag concentration comes amid opportunities for fallow land | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Biologist Jason Johnston and his colleagues at the University of Maine Presque Isle have long wondered why the school didn’t have an agronomy program, since it’s “right in the middle of Maine’s prime productive farmland.” Finally, after decades of young County men and women heading to the University of Maine’s [...]
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Education report: Maine low-income students lag behind peers

Education report: Maine low-income students lag behind peers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Educate Maine also pushed for increased access to early childhood education across state
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Chancellor outlines long-term transformation of University of Maine System

Under the old model, the campuses were encouraged to compete for students, while the new model is to see the campuses as individual players on a single team. The old model led campuses to, for example, offer lower tuition or better financial aid to get students who might have attended another UMaine System campus. Similarly, a student transferring between campuses was seen as a “loss” to one campus and a “gain” to another. In the new model, it would be seen as a “win” for the system because the system retained that student.
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