Updates

  • 10 Sep 2013 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)
    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 member (Administrator)
    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)
    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.
  • 07 Apr 2013 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Congratulations to this years' recipient of the Jackie Mitchell Mathematics Educator Award.  The award was presented at Friday's ATOMIM Annual Conference to honor Marilyn and her many years of devoted service to the mathematics teachers of Maine.
  • 07 Apr 2013 10:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    ATMNE Conference - Getting to the Core/Problem Solving, Common Core, STEM, Technology, Differentiation
    October 24 and 25, 2013 at Killington, Vermont

    ATMNE is accepting proposals to present at our Annual Conference October 24 and 25, 2013 in Killington, VT.
    Presentations will be conducted in both Session (60 minute) and Workshop (90 minute) format. Proposals can be submitted electronically or by printing and mailing in the form available at the conference website www.atmne2013.com. ALL PROPOSALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY May 20, 2013

    The Lead presenter for each session will receive complimentary conference registration, but will be responsible for paying for food. All contact will go through the lead presenter who is responsible for getting pertinent information to any co-speakers. Co-speakers will be required to pay for their own conference expenses.
  • 07 Jan 2013 1:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What exciting ways are you inspiring and engaging middle and high school students in science, technology, engineering or mathematics?  Would you like to share your expertise and experiences with fellow STEM educators?  The Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM) is currently seeking presenters for our 2013 Educators' Camp. We invite you to share your knowledge and expertise with other STEM and interdisciplinary educators (grades 6-12) this summer.

     

    Presenters will teach a week-long, immersive course to fellow STEM educators.  Courses might focus on a technique, activity or resource that you've used successfully in a STEM classroom or after-school program. We’re looking for technology, physics, chemistry, biology, middle school science, high school math, middle school math, engineering, robotics, STEM literacy, and interdisciplinary course proposals. We will review each application and proposal and contact everyone who applies.  We will be selecting approx. 20 course proposals for the 2013 Collaborative.

     

    In addition, we will provide an $825.00 stipend and free room and board for all presenters whose courses are selected.  If you wish to co-teach a course, the stipend will be divided among co-presenters; each presenter should submit a separate application with the same course outline. Presenters will teach their course twice each day over the five-day week.  Each class meets 2 hours each day, for a total of 10 hours per course. Presenters will have the opportunity to attend one week-long course and engage in the afternoon activities.  Employment begins Saturday, July 28, 2013 and ends Friday, August 2, 2013.

     

    To apply, please complete the presenter application (available on our website or by request) and provide the indicated supplemental materials. Applications are due by February 1, 2013. Please send all materials to MSSM Educators’ Camp, 95 High St., Limestone, ME 04750.

     

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 207-325-3610 or email me at smithl@mssm.org.  More information about this opportunity can be found at www.mssm.org.  

     

    Warm regards,                          

    Lisa Smith

    Outreach/Camp Director

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