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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


Apr 10, 2012

  Confronting bullying. When kids harass kids, the effects can be devastating. Celebrities are speaking out against the problem and a newly released documentary shows how cruel bullying can be.

Host Keith Shortall spoke with:

Stan Davis, Former social worker and guidance counselor who writes and speaks about bullying prevention through his organization, Stop Bullying Now.

Kelly Hasson, Principal, Hall Elementary School in Portland. She has made progress in her school in addressing bullying.

Invest in Kids

Apr 5, 2012

  Early childhood advocates say that investing in the care and education of kids before they reach kindergarten yields big payoffs for our state’s future.

Host Irwin Gratz spoke with:

Ed Cervone, Senior Program Director and Operations Officer, Maine Development Foundation

Jim Clair, CEO Goold Health Systems, co-chair of Maine Early Learning Investment Group and (a newly formed group of high-level business leaders who support early childhood programs) 

  The hefty cost of college—how can families pay for today’s rising tuition rates? It’s the season for that big decision about which college to attend, and financial aid plays a major part in that decision. How should families decipher the aid packages, and what other options make college costs more manageable? How to pay for college?

  The topic discussed was Maine's critical shortage of dentists, and how a new dental school at the University of New England may help address the problem.  Also discussed were ways to overcome problems in the access to care and some of the latest trends and advances in dentistry.

Dental Care in Maine  - Jennifer Rooks spoke with:

Frances Miliano, Executive Director, Maine Dental Association

James Koelbl, Founding Dean, University of New England College of Dental Medicine, 

Getting into College

Jan 19, 2012

  Has the college admissions process gotten too complicated? Our guests discuss the latest in what colleges and universities look for in applicants.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with: 

Whitney Soule, Bowdoin College director of admissions

Jon Henry, who works in the admissions office at the University of Maine-Augusta

and Robin Lary, director of placement at Scarborough High School.

  How can young teachers make an impact and help to modernize the profession so that more top-performing teachers will stay in the classroom? Teach Plus Boston Executive Director and former Boston Public Schools teacher Maria Fenwick speaks about teachers' roles in urban school reform and education policy-making.

Teachers with fewer than ten years of experience now make up a majority of teachers across the United States. At the same time, up to 50% of teachers leave teaching before the fifth year resulting in the crisis Ms. Fenwick describes in her talk.