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EDUcadia Partnership to present Math Conference at UMFK

October 5, 2012




EDUcadia, a newly-formed educational partnership, that includes the University of Maine at Fort Kent, MSAD #27, MSAD #24, MSAD #33, and the Madawaska School Department, will present a Common Core Math Conference on Friday, October 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the UMFK campus.

The conference will provide an overview of the common core of learning standards for numeracy to Aroostook County math teachers. More than 50 educators, from Houlton to Fort Kent, have registered for the conference.

The purpose of the EDUcadia partnership is to increase collaboration between all educational partners in the St. John Valley; provide for timely, relevant, and important professional development opportunities for regional educators to help foster the implementation of cutting edge educational practices at all educational levels; work to provide a seamless, aligned, and integrated Pre-K to 16 and adult learning educational system in the community; and, to share resources, find efficiencies, and work together to continue to be good stewards of taxpayer monies.

"It is important that valley schools collaborate in providing professional development opportunities for their teachers to address state and federal initiatives as efficiently and effectively as possible,” said MSAD #33 Superintendent of Schools, Fern Desjardins, Ed.D.

“We have to maximize tax-payer dollars during these tough economic times as we strive to deliver meaningful and purposeful instruction to prepare students for their future, not our past. The UMFK partnership with valley schools exemplifies the best in keeping our separate identities while sharing resources and expertise to better serve our students," Dr. Desjardins added.

The EDUcadia partnership came into being this past summer during a meeting on the UMFK campus. The Common Core Math Conference is the first event sponsored by the partnership.

“Schools in rural areas in Maine are facing tough budget times and shrinking student populations. There is no reason why, in a community such as the St. John Valley, that all educational entities should not be working together and sharing expertise and resources to provide a high quality education for all of our school aged and adult students,” according to Scott Voisine, UMFK's dean of community education, and a founding member of the EDUcadia partnership.

According to the Maine Department of Education website, “The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a significant and historic opportunity for states to collectively develop and adopt a core set of academic standards in mathematics and English Language Arts, which includes literacy in history/social studies, science and technical subjects. The Common Core State Standards, released June 2, 2010, build directly on recent efforts of leading organizations and states that have focused on developing college- and career-ready standards and ensuring these standards are evidence- and research-based and internationally benchmarked to top-performing countries. These core standards represent critical learning targets for literacy and numeracy.

For further information about the Common Core Math Conference or the EDUcadia Partnership, please contact Voisine at 834-8644.