Grant from Nellie Mae Education Foundation recognizes efforts to put students at the center of learning
Wiscasset, ME –The Wiscasset schools of RSU 12 have been selected as a recipient of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation’s Catalyst for Change awards, which recognize existing examples of personalized, student-centered learning experiences across New England. Twelve schools and education organizations have received a one-time grant of $50,000.
“We are thrilled that the hard work and commitment to personalized learning is receiving this recognition,” said Anne Fensie, Adult Education Director. “It is our hope that we can collaborate on successful models of student directed learning with other schools in the region to capitalize on the school reform initiatives that promote personalized learning. In addition to actively engaging students in learning, the Wiscasset schools have created a change in the school culture that makes students believe that the logical choice is to attend some form of postsecondary training or college.”
“The selection process has helped us become more aware of efforts already taking place across the region to put students at the center of the educational experience,” said Mary Sylvia Harrison, Vice President of Programs for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. “We’re pleased to recognize these schools and organizations, and we look forward to further exploring how to build on the momentum for innovation that these models create.”
All Catalyst for Change applicants were asked to clearly articulate how they define, implement and/or promote personalized, student-centered learning through their school models, policy change or advocacy efforts. Applicants were also asked to present a clear rationale for their particular approach and provide supporting evidence of the approach’s contributions to the improvement of educational outcomes for middle and high school students, especially the underserved. Applicants also had to show that their programs were a core facet of schooling and not a stand-alone program.
Wiscasset Middle School will utilize the award to ensure the successful continuation of Expeditionary Learning. This program engages students in authentic opportunities that allow them to be out in the community doing "real" work that has significant impact as they do research regarding our local environment, especially the watershed areas. Wiscasset High School will enhance personalized learning by enabling additional programming for at-risk students and supporting the implementation of Response to Intervention. The funds will also support initiatives to bring students out into the community for experiential learning with local professionals, including after school and summer programming. Wiscasset Adult & Community Education will increase the availability and intensity of services for out of school youth, especially as they transition to postsecondary education. In addition, these funds will be utilized in coordination with the Maine Department of Education Office of Adult Education to create additional self-paced curricula aligned with the Maine Learning Results and modified for adult learners at various educational functioning levels, which can then be distributed to adult education programs throughout the state.
Twelve schools and organizations from across New England were selected to receive Catalyst for Change awards, including: Boston Arts Academy (Boston, MA); Boston Day & Evening Academy (Boston, MA); The Domus Foundation (Stamford, CT); Jobs for Maine’s Graduates (Augusta, ME); Northeast Kingdom Learning Services (Newport, VT); Q.E.D. Foundation (Amherst, NH); Springfield Renaissance School (Springfield, MA); Steps to Success (Brookline, MA); Vermont Rural Partnership (East Hardwick, VT); Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (Richmond, VT); and Young Voices (Providence, RI).
For more information about the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, visit www.nmefdn.org
by Anne Fensie
on February 18, 2010
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The annual Maine Adult Education Conference will be held at Colby College in Waterville on June 23 and 24, 2010, preceded by a Pre-Conference on Career Pathways on June 22. The Call for Presenters has just been released by Conference Chair Rob Wood of Portland Adult Education.
The Maine Adult Education Conference is the major professional development event for adult educations and is presented by the Maine Adult Education Association, a membership organization for Maine's adult education programs and partner organizations, as well as individuals devoted to adult education. The annual conference offers strands of workshop sessions on various topics and program areas, speakers, hands-on workshops particularly in the area of technology and exhibitors, as well a fun and relaxation in a beautiful setting. Housing is available on campus, or at nearby hotels. Registration information will be available in early spring.
by Cathy Newell
on February 17, 2010
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by Kelly Cabral
on February 11, 2010
The theme for the Family Reading Club this year is the pillars of character: caring, citizenship, repsonsibiltiy, trustworthiness, respect, and fairness. This fall we explored caring with the help of Carrie the Caring Cat as we made cards for Grandparents Day, learned about how Johnny Appleseed helped the settlers, and read about how the Rainbow fish learned to share and play with others. We learned about citizenshipwith Cindy the Citizenship Crab as we celebrated through reading and crafts the holidays of Veteran's Day, Columbus Day, and Thanksgiving. We celebrated fall with our Five Little Pumpkin play and our Harvest Costume Party.
Through the holiday season, we explored traditions relating to thankfulness, caring, sharing, giving, and celebrating time with families and friends.
In January and February, we discuss winter traditions with stories and crafts relating to snowflakes, snowmen, snow families, and various activities we enjoy outdoors in the winter or inside all cozy on a cold winter day. We made pop up groundhogs for Groundhogs Day and introduced the concept of responsibilty with the help of Roger the Responsible Rabbit. We also came across the beginning of a new season of birthdays of members to celebrate!
Speaking of celebrations, we are having a Valentine's Party at our February 10th meeting with a special "pizza party" dinner as well as games and are making special valentines for our home celebrations with our loved ones. On March 3th we will celebrate Dr. Seuss, whose birthday is March 2nd, and the Reading across America program. We'll enjoyed green (boiled) eggs and ham, read our favorite Dr. Seuss (and other easy-reader authors) books, and made a Seuss inspired craft. What fun!
We had a deliciousl dinner prepared by the wonderful ladies of the Upsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa and Gamma at our February 3rd meeting and always look forward to their yummy gifts.
The Family Reading Club meets Thursday evenings when school is in session at 5:30 p.m. in the Early Head Start room at the Porter Town Hall Building. Join us for dinner, story time, and theme related activities and crafts. It's fun and it's free!
For more information or to let us know you're coming, call our office at 625-3092.
by Renee Payeur
on February 10, 2010
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Bridges To Employment
These five interactive modules are intended to assist those preparing for a job change to get the skills necessary to launch a successful employment transition. Each segment of the series is designed to address particular component of job search and acquisition process, from identifying transferrable skills commonly requested in job ads to enhancing abilities requested by local employers. You may take each module individually or all five as a series. If you register for and complete the entire series, your total registration fee will be discounted by $20
Developing a Personalized Career Pathway
Tue/Thu, Feb 2-11
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Tue/Thu, Feb 23-March 4
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Computer Basics for the Workplace
Tue/Thu, Apr 6-15
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Tue/Thu, Apr 27-May 6
All courses meet from 5:00-7:30 at LHS.
$15 per workshop, or $55 for the complete series.
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by Jessica Crabtree
on January 28, 2010
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If the district schools do not open due to weather issues, Adult Education classes are automatically cancelled! If district schools are let out early due to weather issues, Adult Education classes are automatically cancelled! If the Adult Education classes only are closed due to weather in the evening, the announcement will be made on TV: Channel 2, Channel 5, and Channel 8. The announcement will also be made on the radio stations; 92.3, 98.6, 95.7, 106.5, 97.1 and 104.7. The Superintendent is the final decision-maker on cancellations!! You can also check our website for cancellations: http://www.msad3.org
by Tammie Leach
on January 26, 2010
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