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Washington County Assessment Workshop

October 16, 2011

Harvest of Ideas

Lisa presenting

There are 23 workshops scheduled throughout the state during this school year on arts assessment. The sessions will be facilitated by Maine’s arts assessment teacher leaders. Last week, Lisa Marin, Art teacher from Jonesport-Beals HS & Jonesport Elementary provided a regional workshop for Washington county teachers. Eight Visual Art teachers and one PE teacher! met on Tuesday, October 11 in Machias for Washington County’s annual Harvest of Ideas teachers’ conference held at the University of Maine. The day long workshop about creating authentic and meaningful assessments provided a great day of sharing and discussion.

Comments from teachers:
“A very fun and fruitful day, you gave me some good ideas that I can implement immediately.”
“I think we all need a broader vocabulary for rubrics and a lot more discussion.”
“kudos to everyone who has been working so diligently on the assessment piece.”

workshop participants

“The most important thing I learned in this session is…”
That I am a bit frustrated with the standards-based rubrics and need to rework my idea of a rubric.

Crucial question that still needs to be answered:
Why use a standards-based rubric if we are still resorting to number grades on report cards?

Lisa:                                                                                                                                                                 “There is still work to be done. The teachers agreed to meet again in December to continue the conversation, work on next steps, and to share their best assessments that really work for us!”

Lisa set up a wiki for the assessment work that has many resources. The address is: If you’d like to view Lisa’s wiki you will need to go to the address and request permission to join.


Commissioner’s Listening Tour of Washington County

May 22, 2011

Education commissioner’s listening tour events in Washington County

Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen will visit Washington County on Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25 as part of his statewide listening tour.

He’ll start May 24 with a public forum at Machias Memorial High School from 6 to 8 p.m.

The next day, he’ll meet with Washington County superintendents in the morning before visiting Rose Gaffney Elementary School in Machias. The 344-student school serves students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight.

In the afternoon, Bowen will visit Beatrice Rafferty School, which serves 100 students in kindergarten through grade eight on Pleasant Point Reservation. The school is one of three in Maine that receives part of its funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Bowen will end his Washington County trip with a public forum from 6 to 8 p.m. at Downeast Heritage Museum in Calais.

The following events will be open to media coverage:

6-8 p.m., Tuesday, May 24
Machias Memorial High School, 1 Bulldog Lane.
Public forum

10:45 a.m., Wednesday, May 25
Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School, 15 Rose Gaffney Rd., Machias
School visit
Principal: Mitchell Look
Superintendent: Scott Porter

1 p.m., Wednesday, May 25
Beatrice Rafferty School, 22 Bayview Dr., Pleasant Point Reservation
Principal: Michael Chadwick
Superintendent: Ron Jenkins

6-8 p.m., Wednesday, May 25
Downeast Heritage Museum, 39 Union St., Calais
Public forum

For more information and updates on the Listening Tour, go to:

All Maine Department of Education news releases can be found online at:

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