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The Maine Department of Education is pleased to announce the expansion of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) to include teachers and administrators in high schools and career and technical education centers throughout the State. This initiative is a critical next step in supporting Maine educators in preparing all secondary students for college, career, and citizenship in the 21st Century.


While there are many subject-specific skills that are essential in making a successful transition from high school to college, there are three cross-disciplinary skills that are particularly important in this transition: autonomous reading/thinking/analysis, broad information literacy, and comfort in the use of electronic social networks. These skills reflect the rapidly changing structure of colleges and careers today, and will be emphasized in the materials and support provided by the MLTI.


All educators and administrators in grades 9-12 will receive professional development, equipment, and support, beginning with the 2007-2008 school year. It is our intention to fulfill the recommendations made by Dr. Michael Fullan and others to improve student achievement by focusing professional development on literacy and numeracy through the use of regional learning communities. These professional development opportunities will be made available for teachers throughout the year, using digital technology as a delivery vehicle. In addition, school-based leadership teams will have opportunities to convene regionally in facilitated professional learning groups focused on secondary school redesign.


The MLTI project has had many successes at the middle level, including students who tell us that they are more motivated and engaged in their academic work because of the infusion of technology in their school. It is our intention to continue that experience of motivating and engaging curriculum, instruction and assessments for our high school and career and technical education students.

This initiative is ultimately about recognizing and embracing the need for high school reform, enabling teachers in grades 9-12 to use technology as an effective tool for ongoing professional development, and helping them prepare their students to enter and successfully compete in the high-tech global marketplace.


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