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PORTLAND, ME – New England’s four-year high school graduation rate increased by nearly eight percentage points from 2009 to 2015, according to an annual report from the New England Secondary School Consortium’s Common Data Project, which was publicly released today. This increase in … See All Materials →

The Student Centered Learning Podcast host, Arthur Eduardo Baraf, interviews Courtney Jacobs to discuss the “what” and “why” of Competency-Based Learning, and the “how” of implementation. Courtney is a senior associate at the Great Schools Partnership.

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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 … See All Materials →

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.

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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 … See All Materials →

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 … See All Materials →

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 … See All Materials →

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:

Registration is now open for the New England Secondary School Consortium’s seventh annual High School Redesign in Action conference. This annual conference in Norwood, Massachusetts, gives educators the opportunity to share success stories, exchange best practices, and continue to build momentum … See All Materials →

From Educate Maine

December 11, 2015

In 1998, the Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education (MCEE) established the MCEE Education Leadership Award. In 2010, the award was renamed the Weston L. Bonney Education … See All Materials →

PORTLAND, ME – Since 2009, the five state education agencies participating in the New England Secondary School Consortium—Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont—have been collecting, calculating, and reporting high school graduation rates, high school … See All Materials →

The New England Secondary School Consortium is inviting schools from New England and across the nation to submit proposals to present at the 7th Annual High School Redesign in Action Conference, March 17 – 18, 2016.

The High School Redesign in Action conference is the New England Secondary School … See All Materials →

Public schools in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont are growing ever more racially diverse. In the fall of 2014, the UCLA Civil Rights Project released a report on trends in racial diversity and integration in public schools in Northern New England, entitled, See All Materials →

PORTLAND, ME – Twenty New England public schools in the League of Innovative Schools have been selected by the New England Secondary School … See All Materials →

The New England Secondary School Consortium is inviting schools from New England and across the nation to submit proposals to present at the 6th Annual High School Redesign in Action Conference, March 26-27, 2015.

The High School Redesign in Action conference is the New England … See All Materials →

“Momentum: Progress in Action,” a collection of articles highlighting the positive impact of high standards on student learning across the country, was released by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation this week. The newsletter features an … See All Materials →

Edutopia published this story on July 7, 2014 under the title A Working Model for Blended Learning in an Urban School. The post was written by Nicholas … See All Materials →

The grassroots online newspaper The Evolution, which publishes news about the impact that nontraditional educational programs have on higher education and society, recently interviewed Linda Schott, president of the University of Maine at … See All Materials →

The push to get proficiency-based education into more New England high schools got a boost this week, when 55 public universities in five states endorsed this hands-on approach to learning. Under proficiency-based systems, students need to continuously show that they’re mastering key skills in their … See All Materials →

Most Maine high schools say they need more time to begin awarding diplomas based on proficiency and not seat time or credit hours. Last week, the state gave high schools the option to complete this work by 2020, instead of 2018. A handful, though, don’t need any extension. Jay Field reports from the … See All Materials →

All of the Public Institutions of Higher Education in Five New England States Endorse Innovative Strategies for Teaching Today’s Young Adults

All the public institutions of higher education in Connecticut, Maine, New … See All Materials →

At its 2014 National Excellence in Urban Education Symposium held on May 21-23 in San Diego, the National Center for Urban School Transformation awarded Revere High School a Gold Medal award as the Best 2014 Urban School in the United … See All Materials →

The Great Schools Partnership continues to produce great resources to support states and districts converting to competency education. They have drawn from what districts are doing in New England and have created Proficiency-based … See All Materials →

Great Schools Partnership Featured in National Report

The Great Schools Partnership and New England Secondary School Consortium were recognized in a recently released national report on proficiency-based assessment called See All Materials →

The University of Maine at Presque Isle announced that it will become one of the first public universities in the country to adopt a proficiency-based approach to teaching and learning. The Great Schools Partnership has been working with the university as it develops its transition plan. The … See All Materials →

The Learning Accelerator, a nonprofit that promotes high-quality blended learning in school districts across America, recently featured the New England Secondary School Consortium’s Collegiate Endorsement of Proficiency-Based … See All Materials →

Revere High School in Revere, Massachusetts, was recently honored as one of sixteen finalists for the National Center for Urban School Transformation’s 2014 Excellence in … See All Materials →

The College and Career Readiness and Success Center at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C., recently featured a blog post on the See All Materials →

On November 14, 2013, Great Schools Partnership Senior Associate, Craig Kesselheim will deliver a presentation on proficiency-based learning at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland. Part of the institute’s popular See All Materials →

On Thursday, October 24, 2013, GSP Associate Director, Mark Kostin and GSP Senior Associate, Angela Hardy will present at the 40th Annual Maine School Management Association Fall Conference. The theme of this year’s conference, All in for … See All Materials →

On Thursday, October 24, David Ruff will be presenting at the 2013 Vermont School Boards Association and Vermont Superintendents Association Annual Conference.

The conference is focused on the collaboratively developed VSBA/VSA Agenda for a World-Class Education System, which includes five core … See All Materials →

The Great Schools Partnership created the Glossary of Education Reform was created, in part, to help educators communicate more effectively with their communities and See All Materials →

The Great Schools Partnership, Education Writers Association, and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation today announced the launch of a new online resource devoted to defining, describing, and … See All Materials →

Innovative Schools turning lives around in New England

WILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. (AP) — Failing 9th grade for the second year in row, A.J. Swan had accepted that he wasn’t going to graduate from his Vermont high school. He’d barely made it this far, after being held back in 7th … See All Materials →

From a KnowledgeWorks World of Learning blog post by Lillian Pace

A truly remarkable education transformation is underway in five New England states–CT, ME, NH, RI, and VT–inspired by the idea that every child can graduate from … See All Materials →

Mainers do have some say over the future of state education. A workshop looking at what needs to happen in the way of education reform brought county educators together this afternoon.

Shawn Cunningham reports for WAGM TV.

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High School Redesign in Action (March 21–22, 2013) is the New England Secondary School Consortium’s fourth annual conference for secondary educators to share success stories and exchange best practices that will help schools prepare all students for success in the colleges, … See All Materials →

First Response was created to help school leaders, teachers, paraprofessionals, and support specialists reflect on and improve academic interventions in the classroom. The guide includes self-assessment activities, protocols, school profiles, best practices for teachers, recommendations for … See All Materials →

New tool for high schools that want to develop or improve summer bridge programs

During the transition into high school, incoming ninth-grade students encounter a bewildering array of new emotions, faces, responsibilities, distractions, social situations, and intellectual … See All Materials →

The Great Schools Partnership is pleased to announce the launch of a series of free webinars focusing on ten critical school-improvement topics for educational leaders and teachers. Learn more → … See All Materials →

New tool helps high schools strengthen the ninth-grade transition for English language learners

During the transition into high school, incoming ninth-grade students face increasingly demanding literacy expectations, academic content, and social challenges—a situation that, … See All Materials →

J. Duke Albanese, senior policy advisor and former commissioner of education for the state of Maine, was interviewed by the Education Commission of the States at the 2012 National Forum on Education Policy in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Albanese discusses the work of the Great Schools Partnership and its … See All Materials →

New tool helps high schools strengthen the ninth-grade transition

Ninth grade is a potential minefield for many young adolescents. During the freshman year, incoming students encounter new emotions, new social situations, and new intellectual challenges. And they also begin … See All Materials →

“School is the reason I feel successful”
SDHS gets high marks for academic growth in USM study
By Tanya Mitchell | Jun 03, 2012

SEARSPORT — Mariah Albanese plans take a college creative writing course next spring, and … See All Materials →

Deer Isle-Stonington school makes dramatic turnaround
By Kevin Miller, Bangor Daily News Staff

Posted May 14, 2012

DEER ISLE, Maine — During the 2008-09 school year, Deer Isle-Stonington High … See All Materials →

Two new online resources make is easier than ever to see how Mainers stand up when it comes to college completion and postsecondary attainment. The Chronicle of Higher Education’s interactive College Completion website lets you find out “who … See All Materials →

The Great Schools Partnership recently launched new apps for  iWalkthrough, a collaborative, technology-driven system for collecting and analyzing data on school-wide instructional quality that is opening new frontiers in data-informed professional development for schools. The new apps are … See All Materials →

Every year, the New England Secondary School Consortium’s High School Redesign in Action conference is an opportunity for educators from across the Northeast to share success stories, exchange innovative solutions, and connect with colleagues. This year, more than 425 participants and attendees … See All Materials →