Updates

  • 04 Jan 2014 1:00 PM | Anonymous
    Karen Jagolinzer, 5th grade teacher at Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth, has been named Maine's Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching for 2012. 
  • 01 Nov 2013 7:03 PM | Anonymous
    University of New England & National Science Foundation Scholarship provides select Maine Students majoring in Applied Mathematics, Biological Science, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Laboratory Science, or Marine Science up to $10,000 per year for all four years at UNE (in addition to UNE Scholarships and Pell Grants). See the flyer for more information and share with your students.
  • 01 Nov 2013 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 fellowship year. The Einstein Fellowship seeks experienced and distinguished K 12 educators in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve an 11-month fellowship appointment in a Federal agency or U.S. Congressional office.

    Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. EST, December 4, 2013

    To be eligible, applicants must be:

    • U.S. citizens,
    • currently employed full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district,
    • and must have taught full-time in a public or private elementary or secondary school for at least five of the last seven years in a STEM discipline.

    The Einstein Fellowship is managed by the Department of Energy / Office of Science, in partnership with other sponsoring agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and in collaboration with the Triangle Coalition for STEM Education and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

    Information about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program, including eligibility requirements, program benefits, application requirements, and access to the online application system can be found at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/einstein/.

  • 10 Sep 2013 7:00 PM | Anonymous
    Portland’s Karen MacDonald named 2014 Maine Teacher of the Year
    Maine Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen announced the King Middle School sixth-and seventh-grade teacher as Maine’s top educator in a surprise all-school assembly Tuesday

    PORTLAND – A 24-year veteran teacher at the state’s most diverse middle school is the 2014 Maine Teacher of the Year. 
     
    In a surprise assembly at King Middle School (KMS) in Portland Tuesday morning, Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen announced Karen MacDonald, who has served students in Portland Public Schools since 1979 and been at KMS since 1989, as Maine’s top teacher.
     
    The sixth-and seventh-grade English language arts teacher is described by students as a “gift,” by colleagues as a teacher leader who is “the most consistently innovative” and by her principal as “relentlessly committed to the success of all of her students.” 
     
    In a letter to MacDonald shared by Commissioner Bowen Tuesday, Governor Paul R. LePage thanked her on behalf of a grateful state for devoting her life to serving the students who are Maine’s future.
     
    “In the 33 years you have taught in Portland schools, you have exemplified what it means to put students first, constantly improving your teaching practices to best meet the changing needs of your students in innovative, imaginative ways,” Governor LePage wrote. “The ‘you can do this’ message you always give your students  – many of them new to this country and our English language – instills them with the confidence that they can do anything, including realizing the American dream. Thanks to you, education truly is the great equalizer for students from all walks of life who come through your classroom door.”
     
    KMS serves the most racially, ethnically and economically diverse neighborhoods in Maine and its 550 students represent 22 countries and 29 native first languages.
     
    Those students were joined in celebrating MacDonald by Commissioner Bowen, Portland School District Superintendent Manny Caulk, KMS Principal Mike McCarthy, past Maine Teacher of the Years including 2013 winner Shannon Shanning, Educate Maine Director Tanna Clews, Bangor Savings Bank Regional Market Manager Stephan Woods, Hannaford Director of Corporate Communications Michael Norton and State Board of Education Chair Nancy Perkins and Vice-Chair Peter Geiger.

    Thinking it was an assembly about the state's technology program, MacDonald stood attentively next to her students, taking notes until Commissioner Bowen announced he was actually there because of the great teachers at KMS, and one in particular. Students erupted with excitement, giving a standing ovation as MacDonald made her way to the stage where her family joined her.
     
    MacDonald quickly turned her award into a teachable moment, addressing her class privately after the assembly was dismissed to tell students she never dreamed she'd actually win Maine Teacher of the Year and that it was a lesson in the value of taking risks. She promised to share her journey with them, including her upcoming visit to the White House and NASA space camp.

    "I am so proud to be a teacher. It's an amazing career," she said.
     
    In addition to MacDonald, the other 2014 finalists were Mary Graziano, a fourth-grade teacher at Hartland Consolidated School, and Suzen Polk-Hoffses, a kindergarten teacher at Milbridge Elementary School.
     
    "It's certainly a great day in the teaching career of Karen MacDonald and it is also a great day for King Middle School," said Principal McCarthy. "But every day that Karen MacDonald is here it is a great day. She is simply the best teacher we have ever known."
     
    As Teacher of the Year, MacDonald will serve as an ambassador for her profession and Maine’s students, and she will be available to travel across the state speaking to colleagues and business and community groups. Starting last year, Bangor Savings Bank began reimbursing the Teacher of the Year's school district for the cost of substitutes while the Teacher of the Year was out of the classroom on official duties.
     
    Maine Teacher of the Year is a program of the Maine Department of Education, administered by Educate Maine. Educate Maine is a business-led organization whose mission is to champion college, career readiness and increased education attainment with a goal of Maine’s students and workers being the best educated and most highly skilled in the world. For more information, visit www.educatemaine.org. Funding for the program is generously provided by Hannaford, Geiger and Bangor Savings Bank with support from the State Board of Education and the Maine State Teacher of the Year Association. 
     
    The nomination process for the 2015 Maine Teacher of the Year begins this November. Those interested in nominating a teacher should contact their school principal or visit the Maine Department of Education website at www.maine.gov/doe/toy.
  • 18 Aug 2013 1:23 PM | Anonymous

    Deadline November 30, 2013

    The ATOMIM board is seeking nominations for the following board positions due for election at our 2014 Annual Conference:

    • President-Elect (1 yr as President-Elect, 2 yrs as President, 1 yr. as Past President)
    • Treasurer (2 year term)
    • District 2 Representative (3 year term) Hancock, Southern Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Washington Counties
    • District 5 Representative (3 year term) Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, and Waldo Counties

    • We welcome nominations of any current ATOMIM member in good standing for these positions. You may self nominate.

    • Nomination Form

    • Deadline for Nominations is November 30, 2013.
      For more information on the positions and their responsibilities please refer to our ATOMIM Constitution and Bylaws.
  • 27 Jul 2013 11:44 AM | Anonymous
    Practice Test scoring guides for grades 3–8 and 11 (ELA/literacy and mathematics) and scoring guides for grades 3, 7, and 11 Braille (mathematics) were posted on Monday, July 1, to the Practice Test portal: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/Practice_Test/resources.html#scoringGuides. Scoring guides for the remaining materials will be posted on August 15, 2013.
  • 29 May 2013 8:47 PM | Anonymous
    Smarter Balanced released online practice tests today. These examples provide an early look at next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core. 

    The Practice Tests are freely available on the Smarter Balanced website: http:// www.smarterbalanced.org/ practice-test/
  • 22 May 2013 1:16 PM | Anonymous

    Monday, July 29, 2013 through Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Weaving The Mathematical Practices Throughout the K-12 Curriculum

    Join us for an engaging three-day summer institute focusing on the eight Mathematical Practices and what they look like in the classroom. We are excited to have some of the region’s most influential mathematics educators actively engage us in classroom activities that embody the mathematical practices from Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM).

    Choose from sessions designed specifically for:

    • The Elementary School Classroom (K-5), with a focus on fractions as numbers.
    • The Middle School Classroom (6-8), with a focus on ratios, measurement, and geometry.
    • The High School Classroom (9-12), with a focus on problem solving using algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.

    Opening Keynote Address by Dr. Anne M. Collins, Director of Mathematics Program, Lesley University

    Lesley University, Porter Campus (directions)
    Amphitheatre, 2nd Floor 
    1815 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA 02138

    Register for the event!

    For more information:  mathachievement@lesley.edu, or 617.349.8311

    Registration Required

    Cost: $350 (includes light breakfast and lunch each day). One day: $120, two days, $240. Early bird special: register before June 15th and pay only $300 for the three day institute.

    CEU Credits: Certificates of completion provided, with hours of attendance.

  • 10 May 2013 1:52 PM | Anonymous

    The Publishers' Criteria in ELA / Literacy and Mathematics supports faithful implementation of the Common Core State Standards by providing criteria for aligned materials.

    http://achievethecore.org/leadership-tools-common-core/aligning-materials/publishers-criteria

  • 28 Apr 2013 8:16 AM | Anonymous
    Smarter Balanced issues an electronic newsletter every couple of months. You can view it online (click here) and sign up to receive your own copies. In this issue you'll find information about the progress of the Scientific Pilot Test, the development of the Digital Library,  and the Practice Test coming up at the end of May.
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