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To:       Superintendents of Schools

From:   Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

Date:    March 17, 2005

Re:       Change of Location for Rethinking Accountability, Part 3



Rethinking Accountability March 23, 2005

Change in Location

To make the best use of our resources, we have found it necessary to change the location of Rethinking Accountability: Part 3 on March 23, 2005 from the Samoset in Rockport to the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast.

The agenda for this session will provide participants with time and tools for building integrated systems of curriculum, instruction, assessment, student support, and public engagement—in short: effective systems of authentic accountability.  We have a very limited number of spaces remaining for the event, with preference given to teams of three or more.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Rachelle Tome ( by the end of the day on Friday, March 18th. 

  Rethinking Accountability:   Building State and Local Capacity for Achieving Maine’s Educational Vision

Part 3: Self Assessment and Action Planning

Date:             March 23, 2005

Time:             8:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. (Registration 7:30-8:15)

Location:       Hutchinson Center, Belfast

Directions to Hutchinson Center:

From the North: (About one hour from UMaine)

Take I-95 South to Exit 180 at Hampden. Take a LEFT from the Off Ramp onto the Cold Brook Road and remain on that road until you come to the first traffic light. Bear RIGHT at that light, onto Route 202. Proceed on Route 202 to another traffic light at a T in the road. Turn LEFT and proceed to the Route 1A intersection. Turn RIGHT onto Route 1A and remain on 1A thru Hampden, Winterport, Frankfort, Prospect, and Stockton Springs. At Stockton Springs, Route 1A will meld with Route 1 South. Bear RIGHT onto Route 1 South and remain on that road until you cross the bridge to Belfast. After the bridge, watch for Route 3, Augusta signs on the right. The road will split, you will stay to the RIGHT, and at the next intersection, you will turn RIGHT onto Route 3. Remain on Route 3, pass the big MBNA complex on the Left, and the next sign you see, also on the Left, will be the big blue one with white and gold lettering University of Maine Hutchinson Center. Follow the drive all the way to the back of the building to a large parking lot. The Main entrance is there.

From the South: (About one hour from Augusta)

Take I-95 North past Augusta to exit 113 for Route 3, Belfast. Continue on Route 3 for 44 miles (About 50 minutes from Augusta) watch for the big blue sign of the Hutchinson Center on the RIGHT. Follow the driveway all the way to the back of the building to a large parking lot. The Main entrance is there.   Lodging possibilities can be found at the following website: