Business group holding education summit in Portland, Maine

Business group holding education summit in Portland, Maine

December 09, 2016 · Washington Times
Educate Maine is holding its Education Symposium on Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is designed to bring together business, public policy and education leaders for presentations and workshops.
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Maine Business and Education Leaders to Gather at Educate Maine’s Education Symposium in Portland

Maine Business and Education Leaders to Gather at Educate Maine’s Education Symposium in Portland

December 09, 2016 · Bangor Daily News
Business and education leaders from across the state will convene at the Educate Maine 6th annual Education Symposium on Friday, December 9, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn By The Bay in Portland.
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HOW 2 OF MY STUDENTS OVERCAME GREAT ADVERSITY, AND WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM THEM

HOW 2 OF MY STUDENTS OVERCAME GREAT ADVERSITY, AND WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM THEM

June 09, 2016 · Bangor Daily News
Around this time of year 15 years ago, one of my former students lost his mother. Around this time of year one year ago, another of my former students delivered the most inspirational salutatory address I have ever witnessed. These two young men, Mike Moore and Joey Newell, are both successful college students now.
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HOW MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY IS ROOTED IN ANCIENT METHODS

HOW MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY IS ROOTED IN ANCIENT METHODS

March 10, 2016 · Bangor Daily News
It’s OK to worry about kids and how best to teach kids. But it’s not a new worry. “The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.” That is a summary of complaints directed at young people in ancient Greece more than 2,000 years ago.
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WE ALL KNOW IT’S IMPORTANT TO READ TO KIDS. THE CHALLENGE IS MAKING TIME

WE ALL KNOW IT’S IMPORTANT TO READ TO KIDS. THE CHALLENGE IS MAKING TIME

February 22, 2016 · Bangor Daily News
As I was meeting with our school principal recently, a small, blond-haired boy arrived in her doorway with his teacher. With a huge smile on his face, Jeffrey shared the news that he had read at home every night for the last 50 days. We quickly gave him high fives to celebrate his progress and engagement as a reader.
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MAINE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: STUDENTS NEED MORE THAN THE CURRICULUM TO SUCCEED IN LIFE

MAINE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: STUDENTS NEED MORE THAN THE CURRICULUM TO SUCCEED IN LIFE

January 19, 2016 · Bangor Daily News
I recently visited Texas Instruments in South Portland with a group of teachers. Our purpose was to gain an understanding of the skills employers seek when hiring today’s high school and college graduates. Touring the semiconductor plant, we learned that engineers work in teams to create improved templates for technology and to solve efficiency problems.
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HERE’S MY HOPE FOR A STUDENT WHO WAS LIVING IN POVERTY

HERE’S MY HOPE FOR A STUDENT WHO WAS LIVING IN POVERTY

December 28, 2015 · Bangor Daily News
Imagine that you are a fourth grade teacher working in an economically deprived school in the foothills of western Maine. You teach in a small town where the factory and farming jobs that used to be the economic engine of your community no longer exist. In this once thriving community, many parents now struggle to find jobs that pay a living wage. Many parents struggle to buy school supplies and clothes for their children.
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INVESTING IN EARLY EDUCATION IS CRITICAL FOR MAINE’S WORKFORCE

INVESTING IN EARLY EDUCATION IS CRITICAL FOR MAINE’S WORKFORCE

December 05, 2015 · centralmaine.com
When you think about segments of society that strongly support investing in early childhood development, the business community may not immediately come to mind. But it should.
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IT’S TIME FOR TEACHERS TO STOP BEING SO HUMBLE. OWN YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

IT’S TIME FOR TEACHERS TO STOP BEING SO HUMBLE. OWN YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

November 15, 2015 · Bangor Daily News
Humble. It’s a word I have heard used over and over to describe an accomplished teacher. I have listened as parents, students, colleagues and administrators share information about skilled and compassionate educators that teach in their communities, but they often end by saying, “And of course they won’t tell you any of this, because they are extremely humble.”
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TO IMPROVE AS A TEACHER AND LEADER, I BEGAN BY FINDING MY VOICE

TO IMPROVE AS A TEACHER AND LEADER, I BEGAN BY FINDING MY VOICE

November 09, 2015 · Bangor Daily News
Last year at this time I was honored and celebrated with 15 other County Teachers of the Year, including 2015 Maine Teacher of the Year Jennifer Dorman. It was humbling, strange and a little bit embarrassing. It’s not often that the spotlight is on the teacher instead of the student.
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