Pender Makin

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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.
 

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The Maine Department of Education is recommending that schools prepare to cancel in-person classes for the rest of the academic year, and continue online learning.

Among the many drastic measures Maine has taken in the last week in the effort to contain the spread of coronavirus is the closing of K-12 schools. Top Maine educators discuss the challenges ahead with adjusting to online learning and addressing the needs of Maine children — including providing school meals.


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Maine’s new education commissioner steps into a position that has been in flux for 8 years. The former teacher, principal and superintendent joins us to talk about her priorities, including restoring faith in Maine’s public schools, addressing the teacher shortage, and determining the role of charter schools.


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Gov.-Elect Janet Mills will nominate a veteran teacher and administrator to serve as the state's next Commissioner of Education. Mills Wednesday announced that she has selected Brunswick Assistant Superintendent Pender Makin.