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Listening Tour 2011

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.

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