Summer & CIA

CIAIt’s summer! While many educators are slowing the pace a bit and maybe picking up a-guilty-pleasure book — rather than educational reading — things over in the curriculum, assessment, & instruction (CIA) world are a heatin’ up.  


What’s Up at MDOE?

Maine Department of Education (MDOE) created a new report for us to complete this year.  It’s called the Comprehensive Needs Assessment / Consolidated Plan (CNA/CP). There is an overarching plan for the district, which spans all PreK-12 grade levels in all buildings, and then each elementary school completes a School-Wide CNA/CP.  The plan for the district was 80 pages when I submitted it. The school plans were 50-60 pages each. We’ve been working on these plans since March and submitted them early on 6/22/18.


And, grants. . . 

Secondly, all grants are due — also to MDOE.  This means I have to report out on the performance of each of Title 1, Title II, Title IV, and Title V, and then I have to create the application for each Title for 18-19. All of that is due on 8/1/18.

bedside books

So, do I have any summer fun?

 Okay, summer in the CIA world is not a down time, but I do have a few pleasure books sitting on my nightstand — Educated, Between Breaths, and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine .


What do you do for summer fun?


Blog Post — Family First

Is it odd that the first blog post on this new director of curriculum/instruction /assessment blog is about family rather than work?  Not if you know me; family is my first priority, and I have lots of family.  Thank goodness.

I have two grown married children and each one has two children; yes, that means I have four grandchildren — three girls and one boy.  They range in age from three and a half months to seven.  My youngest makes an appearance on this website in my About pic.  Here are the othersIMG_1975

Now here’s the part that where it gets really 21st Century.  I also have an 11-year old and a 12-year old at home.  Yes, really.  My husband and I were lucky enough and worked really hard to foster > adopt both of our children. The KidsAnd, there’s the Doodle, too.  Her name is Embden as in Embden Pond, because we wanted to name her after something we all love, and we love our camp on Embden Pond.  She is one year old, so bouncy enough to still be a whole lotta fun but has enough skills that she is okay to take out in public — most of the time.

Well, that’s my family.  And, I must say that if they need me, I am there.  The nice thing about that is if your family needs you, I completely understand and will urge you to go be with them, too.