How do schools need to change, and how can the Department of Education help educators make that happen?
That's what Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen is looking to find out on a listening tour that will take him to Maine's nine superintendent regions in his first 100 days on the job.
In each region, he's meeting with superintendents, visiting schools and hosting a public forum. He'll use much of the feedback he hears on the road to assemble a strategic plan for education in Maine.
Listening Tour Dates
Details may change; check back here for updates.
March 15 - Western Maine (Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties)
Meeting with area superintendents | Visits to Greene Central School and Turner Primary School | Evening forum at Leavitt Area High School auditorium in Turner, 6-8 p.m.
March 17 - Penquis Region (Penobscot and Piscataquis counties)
Visit to United Technologies Center in Bangor | Meeting with area superintendents | Lunch with teachers | Visit to Penobscot Job Corps in Bangor | Evening forum at UTC, 6-8 p.m.
March 21 - Hancock County
Meeting with area superintendents | Visit to Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan | Evening forum at Ellsworth High School, 6-8 p.m.
April 6-7 - Aroostook County
April 6: Visit to Houlton Elementary School | Meeting with area superintendents | Evening forum at Caribou Middle School, 6-8 p.m. | April 7: Visit to Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone | Lunch with teachers and administrators
April 11 - York County
Meeting with area superintendents | Visits to Massabesic Middle School in East Waterboro and Sanford High School | Evening forum at Mousam View Place in Sanford, 6-8 p.m.
April 25 - Cumberland County*
Visit to Freeport Middle School | Evening forum at Gorham Middle School, 6-8 p.m.
May 10 - Kennebec Valley (Kennebec and Somerset counties)
Meeting with area superintendents | Visits to Williams Elementary School in Oakland and Readfield Elementary School | Evening forum at Messalonskee Middle School in Oakland, 6-8 p.m.
May 17 - Midcoast Region, part 1* (Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Waldo counties)
Evening forum at Camden-Rockport Middle School in Camden, 6-8 p.m.
May 24-25 - Washington County
May 24: Evening forum at Machias Memorial High School, 6-8 p.m. | May 25: Meeting with area superintendents | Visits to Rose Gaffney School in Machias and Beatrice Rafferty School on Pleasant Point Reservation | Evening forum at Downeast Heritage Museum in Calais, 6-8 p.m.
June 9 - Midcoast Region, part 2*
Visit to Searsport District High School
*Commissioner Bowen is meeting with superintendents in these regions on other dates.