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From The Atlantic

Published October 11, 2016

By Tanya Paperny

Three hours from Portland, Maine, and two hours from the state capital of Augusta, picturesque Deer Isle has two towns on it (Deer Isle and Stonington), a combined year-round population of about 2,500 people, and not a single fast-food chain—or any chain store for that matter. Those who live beyond the … Read Full Article →

From Education Week

Published October 18, 2016

By Sean Cavanagh

On Mondays at Luella Middle School, the big, broad goal of “personalized learning” gets distilled down to a simple concept: Students who need extra help get it.

All students at the school in the Henry County system in Georgia spend an entire day once a week with access to additional academic support. The decisions about … Read Full Article →

Over the past decade, the movement to adopt proficiency-based approaches to teaching, learning, and graduating has gained momentum throughout New England and the country, as more educators, parents, employers, and elected officials recognize that high educational standards and strong academic preparation are essential to success in today’s world.

With … Read Full Article →

A school in Vermont has taken an unusual path to remedy the old story of students who are chronically disengaged from school. It has reinvented itself to put students at the center. At Harwood Union High School, students shape every major policy. Join one of the school’s co-principals to find out why its adults built this unusually deep partnership with their students, and what effect it’s had.

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In January 2016, the New England Board of Higher Education and the New England Secondary School Consortium convened a meeting of admissions leaders from highly selective New England colleges and universities for a discussion about how they evaluate proficiency-based high school transcripts.

In the report “How Selective Colleges and … Read Full Article →

Registration is now open for the 2016 MPA Summer Leadership Retreat, sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, in collaboration with Great Schools Partnership. The event is an annual three-day retreat for leadership teams to:

  • Build internal leadership capacity;
  • Learn about and develop specific strategies to effectively implement proficiency-based learning with emphasis on policy, practice and community … Read Full Article →