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School Absenteeism

Jan 8, 2014

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  A panel of Educators discussed ways of addressing the problem of school absenteeism. What is the link between elementary school attendance and high school graduation rates, and what is being done to keep kids in school, to combat chronic absenteeism, and to make parents, and those in the school system, more accountable for having school age children make it to class.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Home Schooling

Dec 30, 2013

  In Maine and across the country, homeschooling is on the rise. How well does home schooling work and what are the challenges it presents to parents and their children.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by
Belinda Ray, a freelance writer, bookkeeper and English teacher who has homeschooled her sons.
Lisa Siciliano homeschools her two children and volunteers with the Homeschoolers of Maine.
Desmond Molloy, a 16 year old from Falmouth who, although he attended preschool, has been homeschooled all of his life.

  NPR's Brian Naylor joined a panel discussing the role of the humanities in everyday life.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by

Brian Naylor, NPR Washington Correspondent

Jeffrey Hecker, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of Maine

Linda Lord, Maine State Librarian (from Augusta)

Maine State Library 


Manufacturing, Education and High Paying Jobs

Oct 3, 2013

  Getting the right education for high tech, high paying jobs in Maine. What skills are needed to fill the gap in our state's manufacuturing sector. Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by: 

Lisa G. Martin, Executive Director, The Manufacturers Association of Maine 

Nicholas D'Antonio, Program Manager, Dream It. Do It., The Manufacturing Institute 

Frank Sherburne/Superintendent, Bonny Eagle Schools, MSAD #6 sector.

Charter Schools

Sep 5, 2013

  Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Richard Barnes, a founding member and former Vice Chair of the Maine Charter School Commission

Glenn Cummings, President, Maine Academy of Natural Sciences 

Kelli Pryor, Board chair, Baxter Academy for Technology and Science

The Intersection of Science, Music, and Creativity

Aug 15, 2013

  What are we learning about how music makes us more creative?

Host Suzanne Nance was joined by:

David Shaw, Black Point Group, Former Chair of The Jackson Laboratory

Dr. Charles Limb, Associate Professor - Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Faculty, Peabody Conservatory of Music

Jennifer Torrance, Jackson Laboratory's Senior Manager of Multimedia Services


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Teacher Evaluation

Feb 26, 2013

  A conversation with Maine's Commissioner of Education, the President of the Maine Education Association, and the Superintendent of Lewiston Public Schools. Grading teachers and how to get the best performance from those teaching our children.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Stephen Bowen, Commissioner of Maine Department of Education

Bill Webster, Superintendent of Lewiston Public Schools

Lois Kilby-Chesley, President, Maine Education Association

  What do children need to learn to become successful adults? What are schools doing or not doing, to teach students the problem solving and critical thinking skills needed to succeed in the workplace.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Melissa L. Cilley, Esq. Executive Director, Susan L. Curtis Charitable Foundation

Christopher P Miles, CEO Alliance Press

Katie Grondin, Auburn Schools Superintendent

Digital Maine

Jan 16, 2013

  A look at Maine's digital past and future. Representatives involved in the state's nationally recognized educational, cultural, and broadband infrastructure will join in the discussion.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Steve Bromage, Executive Director, Maine Historical Society

Linda Lord, Director, Maine State Library

Bette Manchester, president, Maine International Center for Digital Learning

Good Grammar

Dec 27, 2012

  Does grammar still matter in an age of texting and tweeting? Many of us suffered through English class, diagramming sentences and memorizing grammar rules. Was it all for naught? Social media has made choppy communication acceptable, and those grammar rules we learned seem to be shifting with the times.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Nancy Gish, Professor of English at the University of Southern Maine

Phuc Tran, Latin teacher at Wayneflete School

and Taffy Field, English teacher at Wayneflete School 


  Maine Education Secretary Stephen Bowen discussed the safety of Maine's schools in the wake of the fatal shooting of 20 school children and six educators in Newtown, CT.

Host Keith Shortall spoke with:

Maine Education Secretary Stephen Bowen

Bruce St Thomas, therapist based in Portland, ME and  

Susan Giambalvo, LCSW, Program Director for the Center for Grieving Children.

  Take a look at the latest news and trends in the world of children's literature.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Vicky Smith, Children’s & Teen Editor, Kirkus Reviews

Scott Nash, children's book illustrator and author, NASHBOX Design and Illustration

Chris Van Dusen, children's book author/illustrator

Charter Schools

Sep 13, 2012

  The Charter School Commission approved the proposals of new Charter Schools and they open soon. What is the latest on the State's Charter Schools?  How are they different from traditional schools and could they change the state's education system?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Jana LaPoint, Chair of Maine Charter School Commission 

Glenn Cummings, President, Maine Academy of Natural Sciences

and Justin Belanger, Executive Director, Cornville Regional Charter School

  Out! As I Want to Be sponsored a talk in Rockland by Jamie Nabozny, the subject of the documentary Bullied.

Caution: Language contained in this program may be offensive to some listeners; listener discretion is advised.

Girl Power

May 30, 2012

  What can be done to create opportunities, develop programs, and provide services that empower girls and young women?

Host Suzanne Nance will be joined by :

Lyn Brown, developmental psychologist and education professor at Colby College

Megan Williams, president of Hardy Girls Healthy Women

Julia Bluhm, Maine middle school student who petitioned Seventeen magazine to stop photoshopping images in their magazine and