I WAS NOT A GREAT STUDENT, BUT 1 TEACHER BELIEVED IN ME. NOW I HAVE THE CHANCE TO GIVE BACK

I WAS NOT A GREAT STUDENT, BUT 1 TEACHER BELIEVED IN ME. NOW I HAVE THE CHANCE TO GIVE BACK

October 20, 2015 · Bangor Daily News
It all started with my senior English teacher who, in my last year of high school, took a victim of tracking, stuck in the C and D levels, invited me into his honors English class with all the smart kids, and convinced me to ignore the labels that had been given me.
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ONE OF US: KAREN MACDONALD, MAINE 2014 TEACHER OF THE YEAR

ONE OF US: KAREN MACDONALD, MAINE 2014 TEACHER OF THE YEAR

September 17, 2015 · Old Port
Interview with Karen MacDonald, Maine 2014 Teacher of the Year.
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WHY DETENTIONS DON’T WORK, AND WHAT TEACHERS CAN DO INSTEAD

WHY DETENTIONS DON’T WORK, AND WHAT TEACHERS CAN DO INSTEAD

August 28, 2015 · Bangor Daily News
Intelligence isn’t all about smarts. Without an aptitude to manage time, persevere, prioritize, plan, remember, handle emotions and reflect, learning is a challenge. Intelligence is largely irrelevant.
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KING, PROJECT>LOGIN CELEBRATE MAINE AS A TECHHIRE REGION

KING, PROJECT>LOGIN CELEBRATE MAINE AS A TECHHIRE REGION

August 26, 2015
Maine was designated as a TechHire Community by the White House as part of an initiative launched by President Obama in March 2015. This recognition, awarded in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 4, was given because ten influential Maine-based employers have committed to recruiting and hiring qualified candidates, regardless of where they obtained their digital knowledge and technical experience.
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I SEE MY KIDS TRY TO BE PERFECT EVERY DAY. BUT THEY NEED TO FAIL IN ORDER TO LEARN

I SEE MY KIDS TRY TO BE PERFECT EVERY DAY. BUT THEY NEED TO FAIL IN ORDER TO LEARN

August 12, 2015 · Bangor Daily News
Remember when we were younger, playing in a sandbox? We weren’t concerned with whether or not our castles were perfect; we learned what worked and what didn’t by experimentation. How much water? How much sand? How tall can we build before it collapses? Yet somehow that sense of play and creativity fades over time as we age.
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WHEN EDUCATION OFFICIALS TALK, NO ONE UNDERSTANDS. HERE ARE 4 PHRASES DECODED

WHEN EDUCATION OFFICIALS TALK, NO ONE UNDERSTANDS. HERE ARE 4 PHRASES DECODED

July 31, 2015 · Bangor Daily News
When it comes to education, there is no lack of public opinion. Since virtually everyone has had some significant experience in the classroom, we have also formed our own opinions on education. These opinions are built from our own unique vantage point and often vary widely.
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NOT ALL MAINE STUDENTS LOOK FORWARD TO SUMMER VACATION

NOT ALL MAINE STUDENTS LOOK FORWARD TO SUMMER VACATION

June 08, 2015 · Bangor Daily News
Teachers would like to think we send our students off for a happy vacation of fun, sleeping late and socializing with friends. Sadly, however, that’s not always the case.
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IT STARTS WITH ONE: BEHIND THE SCENES OF MY SCHOOL’S OUTDOOR TRANSFORMATION

IT STARTS WITH ONE: BEHIND THE SCENES OF MY SCHOOL’S OUTDOOR TRANSFORMATION

May 30, 2015 · Bangor Daily News
The power of one plus one is exponential. Our community learned this firsthand five years ago when a landscape architect and a cookbook author reached out to our elementary school.
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POVERTY, FAMILY STRESS ARE THWARTING STUDENT SUCCESS, TOP TEACHERS SAY

POVERTY, FAMILY STRESS ARE THWARTING STUDENT SUCCESS, TOP TEACHERS SAY

May 19, 2015 · The Washington Post
The greatest barriers to school success for K-12 students have little to do with anything that goes on in the classroom, according to the nation’s top teachers: It is family stress, followed by poverty, and learning and psychological problems.
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HOW COMMON CORE STANDARDS IMPROVED TEACHING AND LEARNING IN MY CLASSROOM

HOW COMMON CORE STANDARDS IMPROVED TEACHING AND LEARNING IN MY CLASSROOM

April 15, 2015 · Bangor Daily News
It is impossible to discuss education today without uttering the words, “Common Core.” Today, these two words have achieved the same status as Harry Potter’s nemesis Voldemort, or “he who must not be named.”
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