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INFORMATIONAL LETTER # 55

POLICY CODE: DD/IJG

TO:     Superintendents, High School and Middle School Principals, Headmasters, High School and Middle School Guidance Counselors, AP Coordinators, English Department Chairs

FROM:     J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner

DATE:      March 7, 2001

RE:       Advanced Placement (AP) Incentive Program: Vertical Teaming Competitive Grant Opportunity           

The Maine Department of Education was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $532,000 to support increased involvement of low-income students in Advanced Placement courses and examinations.  This grant is anticipated to last three years.  During the 2001-2002 year we will be funding multiple sites to implement vertical teams in English/Language Arts.  There is $20,000 available to fund      these grants. 

            Vertical teams support Maine’s Learning Results system by encouraging teams of teachers in grades 6 through Advanced Placement to work together to articulate their curriculum so that more students are prepared for Advanced Placement study in high school.  This grant has three primary goals:

·        To coordinate English/Language Arts curriculum in grade 6 through the Advanced Placement level (AP) with a goal of increasing the rigor in these courses for all students

·        To prepare more students to access AP courses, thus improving their chances for success after graduation

·        To increase the involvement of low income, low aspiring students in Advanced Placement experiences and examinations.

Enclosed is an invitation for school units to form vertical teams and submit an application for funding, contingent upon continued funding from the US Department of Education.  The funds must supplement local funds not be used to supplant local funds.  The funds will be awarded based on a competitive process.  Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2001 or postmarked by April 27, 2001, to: Wanda Monthey, Department of Education, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME  04333.  Faxed applications will not be accepted.  Awards will be made by June 10, 2001.

If you have any questions please contact Estelle Sanders at estelle.sanders@state.me.us or Karen Rumery at karen.rumery@state.me.us