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TO:                  Superintendents, Curriculum Coordinators, and Secondary School Principals


FROM:            J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner


DATE:             March 26, 2002


RE:                  Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Grant Application



     Enclosed you will find the 2002-2003 version of the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration (CSRD) grant application package.  For the past eight weeks, the Center for Inquiry on Secondary Education (CISE) staff has been working to revise the application to meet the new federal guidelines established by the “Leave No Child Behind” Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  We believe that the 2002-2003 CSRD application meets the requirements of ESEA as well as our own goal of supporting Maine high schools in the implementation of Promising Futures and their students’ achievement of the Learning Results.


     I am pleased to tell you that the United States Department of Education is looking to Maine’s CSRD program as being a leader in rethinking secondary schools.  Officials in Washington and many educators around the nation consider Promising Futures a model that high schools can implement to improve teaching and learning as we guide our young people to higher levels of achievement against rigorous standards.  In the upcoming year, CISE staff will be working with evaluators to collect and synthesize evidence of the effectiveness of Promising Futures and the student results achieved.  Please notice that this application asks you to use student performance data as you plan your CSRD program. 


     As the Center for Inquiry on Secondary Education staff work with both CSRD schools and non-funded schools, we learn more and more about the leverage points essential to improve student achievement, and to personalize learning and the culture of our secondary schools.  The 2002-2003 CSRD application requests that schools plan to personalize learning by focusing on:



We ask you to plan to personalize the culture of your school by focusing on:


     Currently, there are twenty-two Maine high schools supported by CSRD funds.  Schools selected to participate in CSRD receive $50,000 per year for up to three years to implement the Core Principles and Core Practices of Promising Futures.  We are pleased that additional federal funds will support eleven new CSRD high schools in Maine in 2002-2003, bringing our total to 33.  Applications for the 2002 – 2003 grant will be due on May 30, 2002.  Award decisions will be made by June 14, 2002.  For further information please contact Susan Johnson at the Maine Department of Education, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, or 624-6629 or 439-0846.


     Grant information sessions will be held from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the following locations:


The cost is $10.00 per person.  Please contact Kathy Keddy at the Maine Department of Education, or 624-6629 to make a reservation.


Enclosures:        2002-2003 version of the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration (CSRD) grant application package


                         Workshop Registration Form