The genius of this school is not in a program, it's not in the laptops, it's in the learning. It's in teachers designing learning that they know will work for kids ... and they have the space and the time and the autonomy to do it.
Maine has been a leader in adopting educational technology in support of its students. In 2002, through the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI), the state began providing laptops to all students in grades 7-8 in a one-to-one laptop program. In 2009, Maine expanded the project to high school students. The one-to-one laptops paved the way... Continue Reading →
This afternoon, the wind whipped the leaves into wispy funnels that danced out around the woodpile and up the back hill, inviting us to come out.
"Thomas College in Waterville, Maine is trying to help students land that first job. The liberal arts school guarantees a job to students who are able to keep a certain GPA, among other requirements, within six months of graduating; or else they can come back to Thomas and take classes for free, or have the... Continue Reading →
Richard Florida: "Everyone interested in urban and regional economic development must check out this new MPI study, ”Knowledge in Cities.” Using data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Information Network database – O*NET – it identifies 11 key types of regions by the knowledge, skill, and work they do. Here are some examples of... Continue Reading →
The New York Times has added Portland to its travel guide to Maine. "In recent years, this city on the coast of Maine has welcomed a wave of locavore restaurants, urban farms and galleries that feature local artists. Abandoned brick warehouses are being repurposed as eco-friendly boutiques. In the main square, a 19th-century building has... Continue Reading →
"In late October 1947, out-of-control fires in southern and coastal Maine burned 205,678 acres — equivalent to a mile-wide swath from Kittery to Fort Kent — leveling nine communities and destroying 1,000 houses. Sixteen deaths were attributed to the natural disaster, the worst in Maine history." The Fire of 1947 (Bates College)
"Our overall vision was to reflect the theme of the communities we're in," told those in attendance. "If you're on the base or the Topsham Annex, you'll see some of the same characteristics as you'd see in the downtowns." ... Levesque added that many companies prefer moving to locations that... Continue Reading →
"Maine is uncrowded and it's got an incredible natural resource base that hasn't been overrun," says Chris Lynch, founder and owner of Legacy Properties Sotheby's International Realty. ... That boost is in part due to its recent $35m federal award to upgrade 30 miles of railway track between Portland and the town, which, from 2012... Continue Reading →
"Topsham (population: 9,100), has been transformed. A small, attractive riverside village, effectively an extension of Brunswick's downtown on the opposite side of the Frank J. Wood Bridge, has been born. Contemporary New England-style commercial buildings have opened where a pair of rundown gas stations once stood. The Great Bowdoin Mill complex is a tidy mix... Continue Reading →