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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO.: 53
TO: Superintendents of Schools
FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner
DATE: December 8, 2006
RE: ROUND II Community Partnerships – Maine Readiness Campaign
I’m pleased to announce that the Maine Readiness Campaign is seeking more high schools as community partners.
You may remember that the Readiness Campaign is sponsored by the Department of Education and funded through the National Governors Association. The Campaign, which is transitioning into its second year, embraces the goal of creating a shared commitment among school, business, municipal and civic leaders to all Maine students graduating ready for college, career and citizenship. The Campaign has three components:
Last summer, 23 high schools joined the campaign in Round I as community partners. Our goal during the complete term of the campaign is to engage with 50 partners, so we’re seeking 27 more high schools to join us. I hope that you’ll consider becoming a partner.
The “Kick Start” media campaign that will launch in January will feature a website designed specifically for students in grades 7-9, as well as a media component. The messages of the campaign will support and bring attention to the important work that each community partnership will be undertaking.
Each community partnership will receive $2000. In turn, each partnership must agree to the following:
In addition to the $2000 grant, the partnerships will also receive a profile of their high school’s student readiness, a directory of promising practices being used in other high schools, and support though State and regional workshops. The first workshop is scheduled for January 25, 2007 at the Augusta Civic Center where Round II partners will be able to learn the about “actions” being implemented by our Round I partners. An interactive website to support community partnerships was launched in mid-November at http://www.GetMaineReady.com. The website is rich with content materials and will be used to keep partnerships updated about each others’ activities.
If you are interested in learning more about the Readiness Campaign, or in an application to become a community partner, email Juanita Deschambault firstname.lastname@example.org by mid-December and she will contact the appropriate campaign staff to get the answers to you or will forward you an application package.
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