#MEleg Education Committee work session @ 9AM on #MEschools transition to 'proficiency' in essential standards #LD1422 ht.ly/8xAjs
@mdoeBowen is presenting #MEschools strategic plan ht.ly/8xFyz to Ed Committee. Audio: ht.ly/8xFvH #MEleg
@brian_hubbell "Proficient" - skilled, expert, competent, consummate, master. Let's hope they settle on "competent". #MEschools
@Brian_Hubbell Also hope that @mdoebowen gives more "next steps" than current strategic plan currently holds. #MEschools #MEleg
@nancyeh Like that @mdoebowen hopes to facilitate progressive change in #MEschools via pragmatic collaboration rather than top-down fiat.
@Brian_Hubbell Yeah, like that. #MEschools
Bowen: Critical emphasis: How to build #MEschools professional development, esp. in rural areas, with limited capacity and resources.
@Brian_Hubbell Professional development missing professionalism. Tends to be top-down "new" ideas w/little follow through. #MEschools (1/2)
@Brian_Hubbell Law change needed to permit teachers to be truly involved, not just pay lipservice. #MEschools
@nancyeh We find giving teachers from different schools time for 'common studies' is invaluable professional development. #MEschools
For now Bowen passes over proposal to expand 'choice' which, to me, seems one part at odds with commitment to #MEschools capacity.
@Brian_Hubbell Agreed, but it's still the school board "giving". Can be taken away at any time.#MEschools
Interested in word "flexibility" for #MEschools; why push #charterschools then? tinyurl.com/6tg2scn #MEpolitics
RT @nessc_me: Maine DOE Spt of Instruction presenting LD 949's resolved report on proficiency-based graduation implementation for #meschools
Presumably re #MEgov's expressed goal of #MEschools 'choice', Sen Alfond pointedly asks Gov not to delay policy draft til end of session.
As a perennial skeptic, I want to say that, on balance, with this strategic plan @mdoebowenhas built a good working vision for #MEschools.
@Brian_Hubbell @mdoebowen Does his "good working vision" include merit pay? #meschools
@coollit Bowen proposes clearer standards & measuring of #MEschools teaching effectiveness. Impr prof remediation but nothing re merit pay.
After 10 min recess, ME Ed Committee hearing from DOE Director of Policy on amended LD 1422 pared down to proficiency-based grad #meschools
Maine DOE Director of Programs & Policy is Deb Friedman. #meschools
@Brian_Hubbell I thought merit pay was part of the NCLB waiver deal.
@coollit Believe Maine's NCLB waiver proposes #MEschools use test scores to inform teacher evaluations. Don't think requires merit pay. 1/2
@coollit ...and NCLB is, after all, manifestation of a federal vision, not Maine's. #MEschools 2/2
#MEleg Ed Committee tables proficiency-based diploma bill #LD1422, requests feedback from MEA and #MEschools associations.