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DATE:               March 28, 2002


TO:                    Superintendents, Principals, Milken Educators, and the State Board of Education


FROM:              J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner


SUBJECT:         Request for Recommendations for the Talent Pool


The Department of Education 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, and 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, and exhibit strong potential for professional leadership and an inspiring presence that impacts students, colleagues, and community.


Do you know a relatively new educator that is an example of not only our Stateís, but the nationís best?One whose lessons provide models for others?One who has distinguished him/herself above and beyond established top-quality professionals in many of our schools?Candidates must be building-level personnel, with a minimum of five years as a teacher.They are typically classroom teachers as opposed to specialists, and are recognized by peers and supervisors as unique in their growth.Occasionally a principal in the first 10 years as an administrator is also 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 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.  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 April 19, 2002 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