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DATE: †††††††††††     February 20, 2001


TO:††††† †††††††††††     Superintendents, Principals, Milken Educators, and

    State Board of Education


FROM:†††††††††††     J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner


SUBJECT:†††††††††††Letter Requesting Recommendations for the Talent Pool


The State of Maine maintains a talent pool that consists of a cadre of distinguished teachers and principals.These educators may be considered for membership on advisory boards and tasks forces, as well as candidates for special recognition programs.Your recommendations will identify educators who will be of great value to your community and state and who may also ultimately receive prestigious recognition.


We are very fortunate to have a rich base of veteran educators represented in our current talent pool.They have been and continue to be a valuable resource in our state efforts.What is particularly lacking at this time is representation from educators relatively new to the profession who demonstrate unusual instructional ability.Such persons exhibit strong potential for professional leadership and inspiring presence that impacts students, colleagues, and community.


Do you know a relatively new educator that is illustrative not only of our stateís, but the nationís best?Whose lessons provide models for others?Who has distinguished him/herself above and beyond established top-quality professionals in many of our schools?A minimum of five years in education is a must.Candidates are building level personnel.They are typically classroom teachers as opposed to specialists and are recognized by peers and supervisors as unique in their growth.Occasionally a principal is considered.Previous recognition is not required.In fact, of special interest are educators who are outstanding but have not received other recognition.


Please provide CONFIDENTIAL, succinct, and specific information regarding one to three candidates on the enclosed form.All questions must be answered, preferably typewritten.A one-page narrative may accompany this form to address how the candidate meets the criteria mentioned in this letter.I urge you to take the time to recommend candidates.If necessary, please assign the request to an associate.Complete information must be sent by March 30, 2001 to:


Gail Mazzaro

Maine Department of Education

23 State House Station

Augusta, ME04333-0023


Your cooperation and assistance is greatly appreciated.


Enclosure:  Talent Pool Recommendation Form