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TO:                  Superintendents, Principals and Technology Coordinators


FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner


DATE:             June 18, 2003


RE:                   “School Leadership, New Technology and Planning for the Future Maine Summer Institute”……. sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ME Leadership Project: REGISTER BY JUNE 30,2003



Through the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gates Leadership Project is inviting school district teams to the  School Leadership, New Technology and Planning for the Future” Maine Summer Institute August 10-14, 2003 at Colby College in Waterville. 


This five-day Institute will help k-12 school district leaders understand and respond to the complex policy, planning, and management issues raised by current federal, state and local expectations, and will examine the role that current and developing technologies can have in responding to these issues.  The program will help prepare educators to address questions such as:


Ø      How will technology influence how, what, where, and when students learn?

Ø      How will teachers learn to use new technologies and integrate them into the curriculum to enhance teaching and learning?

Ø      How should schooling be changed to meet the needs of students who are growing up with digital technologies as an everyday part of their lives?

Ø      How can educational leadership best respond to federal and state legislation and opportunities?

Ø      How can we, as educational leaders, learn more about technology and how to use it in our own work?

Ø      How can educational leaders shape constructive discussions about schools with the many constituent groups?

Ø      What action steps can be taken within schools and districts to continue to improve teaching and learning and prepare students for their futures?


Session topics include the changing roles of educational leaders, using technology to strengthen academic programs, professional development, and the changing context of schools. The Institute comprises a combination of plenary sessions, small study groups, break-out sessions and hands-on workshops.


District teams comprise the superintendent, principals, their assistants as well as the district technology coordinator; school districts may also include other school leaders on their teams. Some spaces will be reserved for “Promising Future” high school teams.


Each team is to identify a district “challenge” involving leadership and technology, and throughout the Institute each team will be provided with numerous resources as it develops a plan to address its particular challenge.   


Eligible Gates Leadership grant administrative participants will earn workshop hours for the $600 incentive toward the purchase of a technology device. Graduate credits will also be available.      


The Institute will be facilitated by the Education Development Center (EDC), Inc. from Newton, MA ( ).  Co-chairs include Glenn Kleiman, EDC Vice President and Senior Scientist; and Pam Buffington, EDC Senior Associate.  Other EDC staff include Keith Nuthall, Director, Northeast and the Islands Regional Technology in Education Consortium (NEIRTEC); Barbara Treacy,  Director EdTech Leaders Online Professional Development Program;  Andrew Zucker, Director, Ubiquitous Computing Project and National Education Technology Study and former co-director of evaluation of the Virtual High School Technology Innovation Challenge grant project.


I am pleased to inform you that the following national leaders will also join and participate in this Institute:  John Bailey, Director of the United States Office of Educational Technology;  Linda Roberts, former Director of the United States Office of Educational Technology; Elizabeth Byrom, Ed.D., Director of the Technology in Learning Program or SERVE, the U.S. Department of Education’s regional laboratory for six southeastern states and Director of the Southeast and Islands Regional Technology in Education Consortium (SEIR*TEC). 


Presenters and facilitators will also include a number of leading Maine educators and Maine students.  Video conferences will be held with school leaders from Florida’s  Virtual High School and the one-to-one computer access program in Henrico County, Virginia.    


Additional information and registration is available at the Gates Leadership Project web site at



I encourage school leaders to take advantage of this opportunity by registering their school teams by June 30, 2003.