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INFORMATIONAL LETTER:   87

POLICY CODE:   IG

 

TO:                    Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Principals, Career and Technical Education Center Directors, Curriculum Coordinators, Guidance Counselors and School Health Coordinators

FROM:             Susan A Gendron, Commissioner of Education

DATE:              February 1, 2005

SUBJECT:        Content Panel Nominations for the MaineLearning Results Review

The Department of Education is beginning a review of the MaineLearning Results, a process provided for by the Legislature when the system of the Learning Results was adopted. The Department of Education is committed to a thoughtful and research-based review of the Learning Results that anticipates the welfare and success of all young people of Maine. The review process should be completed by the close of the 2006- 2007 school year and will be followed by a timeline for phase-in, ensuring that schools will  be given fair notice and time to adjust to any revised standards.   Provided with oversight and guidance from the Learning Results Steering Committee and the Office of the Commissioner of Education, the MaineLearning Results Review Advisory Committee will design and coordinate the review which will be separate from and complementary to current state and local efforts to implement the system of the Learning Results.   It is our intent that the review process build toward the future while honoring those aspects of the Learning Results that allow us to clearly identify and assess essential knowledge and skills necessary for success in the 21 st century.   Please visit our website at http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/review/ which includes more information about the review as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions ( http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/review/faqs.htm ).

In an effort to bring knowledgeable, insightful voices into the review process, the

Maine Department of Education is seeking

interested in participating on the Department of Education Content Area Panels for the Learning Results Review.   The Department of Education will strive to create content panels that provide geographic representation from around the State.

Individuals should be available to attend up to six day-long meetings in Augusta per year, including some summer meetings, and should be available to serve as a panel member for 18 months.  The Maine Department of Education will cover the costs of substitutes and travel expenses and will provide lunch.   The Department will also provide stipends for summer work.  It is important that members make a commitment to attend all meetings.

            Broadly-based participation in the review of the MaineLearning Results is critical to the review process.   To nominate an individual or to self-nominate, complete the attached nomination form.   Be sure to include the name of the content area panel(s) for which the individual is being nominated, describe the experiences and attributes (e.g., community involvement; familiarity with the MaineLearning Results and National standards documents; business experience; or others) that make the individual qualified to serve on the panel, and provide contact information for two references.   Attached is an application form.   Please copy and distribute to nominees.   Nominations close March 10, 2005.

I hope that you will consider nominating one or more candidates to serve on these important panels. If you have any questions please contact Anita Bernhardt at

anita.bernhardt@maine.gov  or by phone at (207) 624-6835.   All nomination materials should be mailed to:

                        Anita Bernhardt

                        Department of Education

                        23 State House Station

                        Augusta, ME 04333

Attachments:  

Maine Learning Results Review Content Area Panel Application