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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 15, 2005

SUBJECT:        An Expanded Call for Content Panel Nominations for the MaineLearning Results Review

This is a second Informational Letter to provide further details about nominations for Content Area Panels for Review of the MaineLearning Results.   The purpose of this letter is:

The MaineLearning Results Review Advisory Committee is continuing the call for nominations to Content Area Panels, including nominations from the groups of educators listed above; the Committee will also be soliciting the participation of business and community members in the Review.   In addition to the Content Area Panels, the Committee will provide other structures for individuals and groups to deliver input.   Individuals who are not selected to serve on Content Area Panels will be considered automatically for other groups.

To provide focus for the start of the Review, three disciplines - English Language Arts, Mathematics and Health/Physical Education - will serve as pilot groups for the review work.    Individuals interested in serving on these three Content Area Panels should reserve July 22 and August 10 and 11 of this summer for three day-long work sessions.   More information regarding the work sessions will be forthcoming.   Content Area Panels for other disciplines will not begin until after August 2005.

As with the first call for nominations, 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 panel members 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@ 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

Please visit our website at which includes more information about the review as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions (



Maine Learning Results Review Content Area Panel Application