In September we asked Bright Futures readers whether they had read three documents with major implications for middle level education in Maine and beyond. We’re interested in hearing your thoughts about the results. To paraphrase our colleague Jill Spencer, What in the data confirmed your thoughts? What was interesting? What was surprising? What was disturbing?
Question #1 – “How recently have you read This We Believe? This is the most widely read description and prescription of what constitutes effective middle programs and practices based on over 3000 research studies over 30 years published by AMLE. Thoughts?
Question #2 – “How recently have you read “Bright Futures”, the report of Maine’s Commission on Middle Level Education? The Commission. This report lays out the state of middle level education in Maine along with recommendations to the Maine Department of Education and the field for educating all of Maine’s 10 to 15 year olds. Thoughts?
Question #3 – Have you read “Education Evolving: Maine’s Plan for Putting Learners First” released in 2012. It sets out objectives and action steps for building an education system in Maine that meets the needs of all learners. At its core is the middle level belief in developmentally appropriate, student centered teaching and learning. For more information and a PDF of the Key Document visit the MDOE website. Thoughts?
So what are your thoughts???