Newsletter ? Summer 2011

Western Maine Educational Collaborative (WMEC) K-5 Summer Math Academy

After a year of planning, over seventy educators from 18 schools in 10 WMEC districts came together for a week-long professional development opportunity.? They represented regular education, special education, gifted and talented, math interventionists, literacy specialists and principals.? They spent a week learning about what to teach and how to teach math to students in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

During the intense five days, participants learned about the new Common Core State Standards and the eight mathematical practices.? They experienced sample lessons, spent time with grade level colleagues and each developed an action plan that will guide the implementation of new knowledge and skill in their classrooms throughout the year.?

Session evaluation results indicate that the event was a GREAT success. Responses to one question “Participation will make a difference in my district/school/classroom” ?100% indicated a 4 or 5 on a 5 point scale ? clearly a very strong yes!!!!? A couple teacher quotes include:

“Giving up a week of my summer is very difficult ? thank you ALL for making it easy, fun, worthwhile, helpful and yes, I would do it again in a heartbeat”

“I had been feeling as if my teaching had become a bit flat.? This Math Academy was a real “shot in the arm”!? Thank you”

Plans are underway to continue to support these educators through two networking sessions during the year (October 26th and May 2nd).? WMEC is also investigating funding sources that would allow for additional training next summer.

None of this work would have been possible without the major support and commitment of the WMEC districts and 6 incredible teacher leaders who planned and delivered the Academy.? A special thanks goes to Sarah Caban/RSU 38; Kendra O’Connell/Lisbon; Marilyn Curtis/Lisbon; Bethany Cote/Mt Blue RSD; Vicky Cohen/Mt Blue RSD; and Angela Lake/RSU 73.?

FYI ? Betty Jespersen of the Sun Journal published a long article highlighting many aspects of the Academy.? Her article appeared in the Franklin edition on Friday, August 12, 2011 and is available at:?

A Look to the Future

Initiatives listed below are in the works for the coming year.? Additional efforts include the Business Managers and Special Education Directors working to create new structures and opportunities; more math opportunities and NWEA training sessions.

RTI for Middle/HS Math ? COHORT I Follow-up
Sixty Five educators from across the region gathered during the 2010-2011 school year for a yearlong training/coaching series.? During the 2011-2012 school year many pilot RTI plans are being implemented, facilitated by this training.? Participants are invited to share “lessons learned”, describe their plan, ask questions and get updates on the RTI movement during two networking sessions.

On 9/21/11 and 2/9/12 WMEC invites Cohort I participants to Dine and Discuss sessions in the North Dining Hall at UMF from 3:00-6:30. Dinner will be funded by the Math/Science Partnership Grant, Western Maine Mathematics and Science Collaborative

Principals are asked to register their faculty by contacting Bob Jenkins at at least one week prior to each event.

Reflective Practice Group K-12
WMEC will sponsor six reflective practice sessions for K-12 educators who teach mathematics in its member districts.? The Dine and Discuss sessions will be held in the North Dining Hall at UMF from 3:00 ? 6:30 on the following dates:? 10/25/11; 11/29/11; 1/12/12; 3/8/12; 4/12/12; and 5/17/12.? . Dinner will be funded by the Math/Science Partnership Grant, Western Maine Mathematics and Science Collaborative

Bob Jenkins will be the lead facilitator providing general information and guiding the process based on specific teacher-selected content.? The first session will focus on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the identification of future session content.

To register for the sessions, please contact Judy Fulton (RSU10) at or 562-7254 at least one week prior to each event so food and space arrangements can be made.

Best Practice in Evaluation and Supervision For Principals? Facilitated by Judy Enright

Principals from throughout the region will be invited to participate in a yearlong series of sharing and professional development in the area of evaluation and supervision.? Participants will gain: common language around evaluation and supervision; an understanding of both current common practice and current best practice; perspective of the legal implications; reflection and discussion time on implications of best practice for their systems.? The Dine and Discuss session will be held in the North Dining Hall at UMF on the following dates:? 9/22/11; 11/17/11; 3/15/12; and 5/10/12.? Dinner and materials will be funded by the SPOC grant in partnership with WMEC

Registration is Required -- Opens on Sept. 1 and closes on Sept. 15.

Contact Vanessa Noya at to register.

This Center for Best Practice is a collaboration between the Maine Department of Education and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, made possible by the contributions of the Maine schools that share their stories.