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TO:                 Superintendents of Schools, Assistant Superintendents of Schools, Principals, Curriculum Coordinators, Special Education Directors, School Health Coordinators, Title 1 Coordinators


FROM:          Susan Gendron, Commissioner


DATE:            Oct. 9, 2003


RE:                 Fall/Winter 2003 – Local Assessment System (LAS) Seminar Series



We are pleased to announce the fall round of our ongoing professional development series entitled “Understanding and Implementing the Local Assessment System Guide”.  These seminars are designed to foster better understanding of the LAS Guide and to provide support for implementing the Principles and Criteria. Although many school administrative units were represented during the three summer institutes held in June, others have requested additional opportunities for both administrators and teachers to attend these informative sessions. While not identical to this summer’s offerings, this day-long session will include some of the same activities. Additionally, new information will be provided particularly around the suggested assessment types. 


The four outcomes for this seminar are:


  Participants will:

v     Receive an update on current assessment-related initiatives

v     Develop an understanding of the Principles and Criteria in the LAS Guide

v     Become familiar with the status and details of the discipline-specific assessment types

v     Become familiar with the role of curriculum and instruction in valid assessments implementation

v     Have an opportunity to reflect on the Principles and Criteria of the LAS Guide and make connections to their work. 


These sessions will be conducted at five different sites across the state: Presque Isle, Bangor, Ellsworth, Augusta, and Portland. Each of these five sites will host two different days of this seminar with different content area sub groups being included in each of the days. For example, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Health & Physical Education, and Alternate Assessment will meet on one day, and Science & Technology, Mathematics, Modern & Classical Languages, Visual & Performing Arts, and Career Preparation will meet on another day at the same site. Please see the attached table for dates, times, and specific content areas.  Registration deadlines will be one week prior to the seminar date.


Please post the attached flyer in the appropriate places and make copies of the attached registration forms available to appropriate personnel.


For additional information contact: Jennifer Pooler 624-6638



Attachments:    Seminar Registration Form

                        Professional Development Series Flyer