TO: Department Heads
FROM: Craig King
DATE: March 4, 2008
RE: March 31 Professional Day
We have many activities happening on the March 31 Professional
Development Day. Student teachers are welcome to participate.
Mathematics: will continue to work on their MLTI grant project.
They will review data from student surveys, explore open sources
for mathematics instruction, and develop instructional
strategies that are effectively supported by available
English & Social Studies: will work with distinguished educators
from the Maine Department of Education for technology training
in Ebsco-Host Research Data Base and MARVEL, Maine’s Virtual
Library. There is room for a handful of other teachers besides
English & Social Studies faculty. Teachers will have a
“learning segment” and a “planning segment” where teachers can
make instructional plans based on workshop information.
Freeport High School: a number of teachers will be
participating in a school visitation to learn more about a
literacy project that has been successful in this school.
NEASC: the NEASC committee will initiate its work in developing
a framework to incorporate NEASC recommendations into our school
improvement efforts. They will use the NEASC report, feedback
from teacher questionnaires, and information gathered from the
post-visitation workshop as resources for this effort. Non-
committee members with a particular interest in NEASC are
welcome to join in this work for the day.
World Languages: has a two-year plan for comprehensive work on
curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Those who are not
participating in other workshops will be working on this long-
Differentiation Course: this course is scheduled for teachers
in their first year at the high school. It is also open to any
teacher who would like to participate. It is particularly
relevant for those who teach classes with diverse groupings.
Each participating teacher will receive a copy of the book, How
to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed Ability Groupings, by
Carol Ann Tomlinson of the Association for Supervision &
Curriculum Development (ASCD). Other useful ASCD materials will
be given to teachers. Teachers will have the opportunity to
apply this new knowledge in the development of lessons for their
curriculum. The course is being taught by Patricia Palmer, a
veteran educator with thirty years of teaching and
administrative experience in Freeport, Portland, and Cumberland.
You will have professional development time after school Weds.
Meet with your faculty. Provide me the attached sheet that
lists teacher name and activity they will participate in on
March 31 (include anything I may not have outlined and the
nature of the plan). I would like this by Friday so that I can
order enough materials for the differentiation course and plan
for consultants coming in to do training.
Teacher Name Activity