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INFORMATIONAL LETTER # 103

 

POLICY CODE:  IHCD

 

TO:                 Superintendents, Curriculum Coordinators, High School Principals,

                        Middle School Principals, AP Coordinators and High School Guidance

                        Counselors

 

FROM:           Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

 

DATE:            March 11, 2005

 

RE:                 SpringBoard Overview

 

 

I would like to invite you to an overview of SpringBoard, the College Board’s web-supported program. It is designed to help meet the challenge of providing rigor in mathematics and English Language Arts to all students in grades 6-12.  SpringBoard provides students and teachers with organized and well-planned strategies and content-based structures.  The heart of SpringBoard is the College Board Standards for College Success, which detail, by grade level, the performance expectations that students need to meet to be ready for college level work by the completion of the 12th grade. 

 

As part of our effort to have each student in Maine college ready when they graduate from high school, we are pleased to provide this opportunity for you to hear about and then, once you are given a password for a trial period, try Springboard, share it with colleagues and decide if your district would be interested in implementing the program.  For schools that have 40 percent or higher of their K-8 students qualifying for free and/or reduced lunch, there will be financial assistance to implement the program.

 

On March 18, 2005, the College Board will provide a detailed overview of SpringBoard and why it may be a useful tool to enhance and support your existing curriculum to meet and exceed the Maine Learning Results.  In order to reduce travel costs and to reach as many people as we can, we are going to host this as an ATM session.  The host site will be the Maine Department of Education, Cross Building, Augusta.  Please contact us for the other three sites.

 

 


You will see how this program uses model instructional units and online diagnostic assessments that are designed to help teachers monitor student academic progress and adjust their instruction.  Attendees at this session will receive a temporary access code to review the SpringBoard site and see how it connects to teaching and learning for Maine educators.

 

Date:               March 18, 2005

 

Time:              9-11                 Overview of SpringBoard Program

           

11:30-1:30       Introduction and walk through of the SpringBoard Website

 

Location:        Augusta ATM main site with connection to other State ATMs

 

Attached you will find an Essential Information Form that must be completed for all schools/districts that are committing to participating in SpringBoard for the 2005-2006 academic year.  This form must be returned to Wanda Monthey by April 1, 2005. 

           

Please contact Nancy Lamontagne, either by phone at 207-624-6822 or by email at nancy.a.lamontagne@maine.gov, to make your reservations and register for the SpringBoard overview and/or walk through of the SpringBoard Website.

 

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