MSAD #51 District Newsletter - September 14, 2023

From the Superintendent

porterGiven that there has been increased interest both nationally and locally in the ways to which schools select books and materials for student learning, I felt it may be helpful in sharing information related to Policy IJJ Selection of Educational Materials, its philosophy, and its intent. 

Click Here to view Policy IJJ Selection of Educational Materials
Gone are the days when school districts prescribed every aspect of the curriculum from the top down. With the dawn of the Information Age and its unlimited access to learning materials in real-time, Maine entered the standards-based era in 1997 with the adoption of the Maine Learning Results. The Learning Results are a progression of standards developed for each grade level and content area, with an expectation that teachers and schools align the local curriculum with these standards. The intent of these learning progressions is to shift away from telling students what to learn with more emphasis on how to learn, unlearn, discern, and think critically, essential skills for the 21st Century.
Learning standards allow students multiple ways to demonstrate their learning, affording educators greater autonomy and responsibility for selecting educational books and materials than in the past. A generation ago, as an example, school curriculum guides would list a finite set of book titles that teachers must use in the classroom. Today, within the context of a standards-based system, this approach would be limiting and even detrimental to student learning. 
Policy IJJ states "The Board seeks to provide a wide range of educational materials at all levels of difficulty, with diverse appeal and representing various points of view.” With respect to our schools' library/media centers specifically, books are supplemental to the educational program and provide students with many options for selecting relevant reading material. All three school libraries have online search capability available, and parents are encouraged to talk with their child about their book selections as a starting place.
There will never be full agreement as to all of the books and materials available in our schools. With this in mind, schools nonetheless have an obligation to fulfill the intent of Policy IJJ by recognizing that all of our students are individuals with a unique and broad range of interests and learning needs.
To learn more: Unpacking Policy IJJ

Jeff Porter

Mabel I. Wilson held their open house this week. They estimated around 800 people attended the event.

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Equity Plan Feedback

At the June 5 School Board meeting the Equity Leadership Steering Committee presented their draft Equity Plan. The School Board will be voting on the plan in October. Click Here to view the plan to provide feedback using the link below the presentation.

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Hashi - Maine 2023

MSAD #51 and Friends of Aomori present Hashi - Maine 2023. Block prints from Elementary Artists from MSAD #51 and Aomori, Japan. Come join the Community Reception on Thursday, September 21 from 3:30 - 5:30 PM at the Greely Center for the Arts, 303 Main Street, Cumberland Center, ME 04021.

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F51 Fall Fling

Grab your friends and please join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of Foundation 51 at our Fall Fling! Can’t wait to see you on Friday, September 29, 6:30-9:30 PM outside at Skyline Farm in North Yarmouth with music, lite bites, merriment and more.  All profits stay in our district and go directly to benefitting students through awarding grants and discreetly assisting student needs throughout the year. Click here to purchase tickets or donate directly today.


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