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K-12 Remote Learning: How Are Teachers, Students & Parents Managing At-Home Learning?


Now that Maine’s K-12 schools will continue with remote learning through the end of the school year, we talk with Maine’s Commissioner of Education, teachers, students and parents about how they have adapted to at-home learning so far.

This program has been edited for content accuracy.


Pender Makin, commisioner, Maine Department of Education

Jon Doty, curriculum director, RSU 34, serving the towns of Alton, Bradley and Old Town

Matt Haney (call-in), principal, Mount Desert Island High School; president, Maine Principals Association 

Craig Milledge (call-in), 8th grade social studies teacher, Mountain Valley Middle School in Mexico, Maine.

Lucas Knapton (call-in), senior, Class of 2020 president, Westbrook High School

Ben Potvin (call-in), music, band and chorus teacher, grades 3-5, Mast Landing School in Freeport


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.