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TO:                  Superintendents, Principals, Milken Educators, State Board of Education, Curriculum Coordinators, Professional Organizations, and Department of Education Staff

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:             February 23, 2006

SUBJECT:      Request for Recommendations for the Talent Pool

            The Maine Department of Education maintains a file of emerging classroom leaders that consists of a cadre of distinguished teachers and principals.  These educators may be considered for membership on advisory boards and task forces, and as candidates for special recognition programs.  Your recommendations will identify educators who will be of great value to your community and State, and who may also ultimately receive prestigious recognition.

            We are very fortunate to have a rich base of veteran educators represented in our current talent pool.  They have been, and continue to be a valuable resource in our state efforts.  What is particularly lacking at this time is representation from educators relatively new to the profession who demonstrate unusual instructional ability.  Such persons exhibit strong potential for professional leadership and an inspiring presence that impacts students, colleagues, and community.

            Do you know a relatively new educator that is illustrative not only of our State’s, but also the nation’s best?  One whose lessons provide models for others?  One who has distinguished him/herself above and beyond established top-quality professionals in many of our schools?  A minimum of five years in education is a required.  Candidates must be building-level personnel.  They are typically classroom teachers as opposed to specialists and are recognized by peers and supervisors as unique in their growth.  Occasionally a principal or specialist is also considered. We are particularly interested in educators who work with students in grades K-6.  Previous recognition is not required.  In fact, of special interest are educators who are outstanding but have not received other recognition.

            Please provide CONFIDENTIAL, succinct, and specific information regarding one to three candidates on the enclosed form.  All questions must be answered, preferably typewritten.  Please include a one-page narrative with this form that addresses how the candidate meets the criteria mentioned in this letter, and also a resume from their personnel file.  We ask that you keep this recommendation confidential and do not share it with the individual.   I urge you to take the time to recommend candidates.  If necessary, please assign the request to an associate.  Complete information must be sent by April 14, 2006 to:
Gail Mazzaro
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME  04333-0023
Phone:  (207) 624-6743
Fax:  (207) 624-6731

            Your cooperation and assistance is greatly appreciated.


Attachment:  Talent Pool Recommendation Form