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State Board of Education

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State Board of Education

Last week I was nominated and confirmed to serve a five year term on the Maine State Board of Education. In the 1990s, I served a term including time as vice chair and chair. My life passion has been quality education for all children. Since the '90s, there has become greater federal involvement in education, and with it relentless testing and finger-pointing.

The critical work in education is done within the classroom. Great teachers can motivate the most reluctant student. But, it does take a community to raise a child, and that is especially true when it comes to learning.

I know many teachers who utilize the Farmers' Almanac for class projects. Whether used to compare our weather accuracy as a math project, explore outer space with articles about stars, planets, comets and eclipses, or to help students learn about the life-cycle through gardening, there is something for everyone. If you are an educator, look at the 2013 edition and make it part of your learning plan. I could even meet your class via Skype.

If you are a teacher, let me know just how you utilize this American treasure.

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1 comment

1 Nicole Richardson { 01.15.13 at 5:19 pm }

I am going to try using the Farmer’s Almanac with a group of boys for English…I will let you know how it goes!

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