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TO:                 Superintendents, Principals and Guidance Counselors


FROM:            J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner


DATE:            March 23, 2001


RE:                 April 23, 2001 ASCD Conference:  “Promoting Standards of Ethical and Responsible Student Behavior”; 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., with Rushworth M. Kidder, Camden Opera House, 29 Elm Street, Camden



The Commission on Ethical and Responsible Student Behavior has recently released its report, Taking Responsibility:  Standards for Ethical and Responsible Behavior in Maine Schools and Communities, mapping out strategies and recommendations for Maine schools for meeting the standards for ethical and responsible student behavior. 


All superintendents and building principals will be receiving a mailing with several copies of this important report and its Executive Summary.


Now, we all must begin the important work around this compelling document, to address not just the knowledge and skills our students must have but their attitudes, ethics and the kind of character they will develop.


To help kick off this important work at the local level, Maine ASCD and the Maine Department of Education are proud to sponsor an event that will focus on strategies for achieving the character standards implicit in Maine’s Learning Results and embraced by Taking Responsibility.


I urge you to bring a school or district team to this event to increase the knowledge and engagement of administrators and staff in this work.


Our keynote presenter is Rushworth M. Kidder, Co-Chair of the Commission, who will join other members of the Commission for Ethical and Responsible Student Behavior in a panel discussion.  Rushworth M. Kidder is the Founder and President of the Institute for Global Ethics located in Camden.  Formerly a senior columnist for The Christian Science Monitor, he is a widely known speaker, author and seminar leader and

brings more than 20 years of insights on ethical issues and world affairs to this discussion of corporate and global ethics.  Following the morning panel, members of the senior staff of the Institute for Global Ethics and members of the Commission will host several concurrent sessions dealing with issues related to promoting ethical standards and responsible behavior in Maine’s schools.


Panel and Concurrent Sessions will include:


The Values Definition Process:  Experience consensus building around the common values of a group, so that you can implement this interaction process in your classroom.


Putting Values to Work:  If you already have a common set of values for your school or classroom, explore a concrete process for putting these values into practice.


Making Reflection Meaningful:  If service-learning is one way you are interested in developing a values-based culture at your school, explore concrete ways to add an ethical dimension to your service-learning curriculum.


Every Person Has A Role


The success of schools and communities in implementing the Standards depends on the involvement of the whole community.  For this event, we highly recommend that schools and districts send teams of participants.  Ideally, your team would include students, staff, parents, teachers, administrators, school board members, and community members.


The Location


This event is being held at the historic and beautifully restored Camden Opera House located in the center of Camden, Maine.  Parking is limited – car pooling is highly recommended.


Conference fee of $25.00 includes all materials, light breakfast and refreshments.  Lunch is on your own – a list of local restaurants will be available at the conference.


Registration Deadline:  April 9, 2001


To register, please contact:


                                                Maine ASCD

                                                P.O. Box 926

                                                Brunswick, Maine  04011

                                                Phone:  (207) 729-6652

                                                Fax:  (207) 725-8547