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Monday, March 12 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Deep, Wide, and Under Construction: A K–16 Proficiency Partnership

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The University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) in northern Maine has been on a proficiency-based journey since 2013. UMPI’s teacher education program is expressly building a K–16 partnership in order to grow the capacity of the region’s teachers, create a cohort of proficiency-based education (PBE) learners in the region, enhance the field placement experiences of its preservice students, and design courses that will prepare graduates for success in their K–12 careers.

During this session, participants will select one of several consultancy topics: feedback on our pre-service course on proficiency-based education assessment practices; tuning our Proficiency Partners seminar series for K–12 teachers and preservice students; and designing our annual K–16 Teaching & Learning institute that combines university faculty and public school teachers as colleagues and fellow learners. The session will end with a round of whole-group reflection and feedback.

Participants will hear about key considerations and mutual benefits involved in building a K–16 learning partnership centered on PBE; discuss the skills and dispositions schools require of the new teachers they hire; explore ways to build teacher capacity for practicum and student teacher placement classrooms; and provide feedback to a program under development.

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Nicole Cyr

7-12 Math Teacher/ Math Curriculum Leader, Madawaska Middle/ High School

Sarah Draper

University of Maine at Presque Isle
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Craig Kesselheim

Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
I am a Sr. Associate at Great Schools Partnership (greatschoolspartnership.org), a non-profit based in Portland, Maine. My coaching partnerships are located in coastal and northern Maine, and in Colorado. Background includes MS science teaching, school administration, and field-based... Read More →
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Alana Margeson

Education student, University of Maine at Presque Isle
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Linda McDermott

7-12 Science and Math Teacher, Madawaska Middle/ High School
I currently teach Biology, Chemistry, Algebra 1 and Math 7; and I am the HS Science Curriculum Leader in our district. The Madawaska School District is working to implement change for the benefit of our students, and is in the midst of converting to a Proficiency Based System.

Monday March 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
551 B - Convention Center