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  • 21 Nov 2012 3:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The following information comes from Dan Hupp, MDOE Director of Standards and Assessment:

    Maine is a founding member and governing state within the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. SBAC is currently designing tests that will measure the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematicsundefinedstandards that were adopted by Maine DOE last year. Along with the other 24 states that comprise the consortium, Maine will be formally transitioning its federal accountability assessment program to SBAC in the 2014-15 school year for grades 3 -11.

    To ensure that all schools, educators and students across Maine have ample opportunities to learn about and participate in SBAC activities, a series of optional experiences have been (and will continue to be) created. One such opportunity, that of taking part in a pilot testing program, is explained below. If you and your school would like to participate in this activity, please follow the directions provided in the attached flyer. As other SBAC opportunities become available, the Department will announce their development widely.

    The recently redesigned SBAC website, www.smarterbalanced.org, contains a host of information regarding the partnership and has been engineered to be very user-friendly. For those visiting the site for the first time, you may want to visit the “Resources & Events” tab and click the FAQ section.

  • 04 Nov 2012 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    You are once again able to pay for events online using a credit card through our Paypal system. You don't need your own Paypal account to pay online. Just select the option to pay with your credit card.
  • 02 Nov 2012 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The University of Maine has received a grant to study the effectiveness of immediate feedback on homework using the MLTI laptops. The grant will pay teachers for their time to learn how to provide feedback to their students at home and teachers do not need to change what they assign.

    ATOMIM Member Cathy Ladd-Cyrway, a 7th grade math teacher at Vassalboro Community School who started participation in the study in September 2012 said, “I like the fact that students get immediate feedback but more importantly I get analyzed feedback about the students."

    Here is how it works. Students will continue to do their homework from their textbook showing their work on paper but they will enter their homework answers onto an online site called ASSISTments using their MLTI laptops. ASSISTments is a free, online tool developed at Worcester Polytechnic Institute that offers immediate feedback to both students and teachers. Complete details about the study including how to apply can be found at this website.

    The study is for 7th grade math teachers only but the remainder of the teachers in the district regardless of discipline are invited use ASSISTments once their 7th grade teachers are part of this study. Please share this information with 7th grade math teachers in your district to help the University of Maine find out how to improve homework using the MLTI laptops. If you have any questions please contact Craig Mason at craig.mason@maine.edu.

    Shawn Towle, ATOMIM President
  • 01 Nov 2012 7:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The NCTM Mathematics Education Trust (MET) has about 20 grant opportunities available for classroom teachers in grades K-12 or those who are studying to become teachers. Many of the grants have a November 9 deadline, although some have a May 3, 2013 deadline. For more information, visit the NCTM grants and awards website.
  • 17 Oct 2012 1:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    We are now accepting applications for the ATOMIM GIFT grant. Click here to apply online. Visit our Grant page for more information.
  • 13 Oct 2012 1:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Now accepting submissions for presentations at our annual spring conference to be held Friday, April 5, 2013 at the University of Maine, Augusta. Complete the online form to submit your proposal.
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