My Teacher of the Year Journey

Gloria Noyes, 2009 Maine State Teacher of the Year

Archive for February, 2010

Frameworks Institute Workshop

The Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education hosted a Frameworks Institute workshop for the MCEE Board as well as for other initiative partners involved in the Prepare Maine campaign. Please see the attached invitation for the complete schedule and information in regards to the Frameworks Institute. MCEE FRAMEWORKS MCEE INVITE

Here is an overview of what was accomplished during our session…

1. Understand the basics and profound importance of effective “framing” (how we use it every day, its foundation in cognitive science), how it runs counter to many traditional communications methods and how it can make all the difference in a message getting through as intended.

2. Gain vital insight into how people actually think about education and education reform efforts.

3. Gain knowledge that allows them to begin to assess the effectiveness of their own messaging.

Today’s Presenters were:

LYNN DAVEY is Vice President of the Institute. Before coming to FrameWorks in 2005, Dr. Davey served as Vice President for Research at the Maine Children’s Alliance and directed the Maine KIDS COUNT Project for six years. Davey was also professor of psychology at St. Joseph’s College, Maine, where she instituted the college’s Department of Psychology. Davey created major programs of study in both Psychology and Human Development and served as chair of the Department for seven years. Davey earned her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from The Catholic University of America. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research on Adolescence and the Society for Research in Child Development.

JANE FEINBERG serves as the Institute’s Deputy Director for Field­Building. She is an award­winning journalist who spent twenty­five years as a writer, producer and developer of public and commercial television programs and series. She served as Senior Producer and Project Manager of “Keeping Kids on Track,” a two­year media campaign for Boston’s ABC affiliate, WCVB­TV Channel Five, which won the coveted National Association of Broadcasters Service to America Award. For almost a decade, Feinberg was a producer for the local ABC’s nightly television newsmagazine show, and she produced public affairs and children’s programs for PBS, including segments for “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour,” a documentary about Amelia Earhart, and a business special that was nominated for a National Emmy. She was also Senior Researcher for PBS’ “The American Experience.” Outside of television, Ms. Feinberg has served as Director of Communications for the Boston Public Schools. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds a Masters degree in Journalism from Boston University. (Information taken from the Frameworks Invitation)

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  • Department of Education Presentation

    As an active board member of the Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education, I was asked to speak to the Board of Education with Yellow Light Breen (the Chair of the Board), about the exciting initiative the coalition is embarking on. The Board was gracious, engaged, and responded with thoughtful interaction throughout our meeting time. Here are a few tidbits of information that may help you better understand the importance of our initiative know as: Prepare Maine…Education is job #1!

    What is the call to action?

    An initiative to mobilize a broad set of stakeholders around the state to promote and implement the need, goals and strategies to dramatically improve Maine’s education performance – pre K through post secondary – over the next decade.

    Why do we need to Prepare Maine?

    According to Professor Lynne Miller, USM:

    For every 100 Maine 8th graders: •85 want to go to college •76 actually graduate from high school •50 are accepted to college •40 actually show up on campus in the fall •23 earn a degree


    •15% of all young adults ages 18-25 in Maine are not employed and are not in school.

    Who can help move this initiative forward?

    •The Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education •Students •Parents •Educators •Maine’s business community •Allies and Partners •YOU!!!! (Information provided on this entry come from the Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education’s PowerPoint-February 2010)

    For more information or to join our mission…please contact:


    MCEEFinal Flyer (Here is a flyer with more information about this initiative)

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  • I’m a published author!!!

    This summer an offer to submit a story for the upcoming Chicken Soup for the Soul book titled Teacher Tales was presented to the State Teachers of the Year (SToY). Several of us (including me) were eager to take up this offer and submitted a story. The few entries received from our group were well received by CSS to the point that Amy Newmark, (owner and editor of CSS) spoke to our SToY group and invited all ToYs to submit a story. This was beyond wonderful to say the least!

    If you are looking for that perfect book to get the new teacher, your child’s classroom teacher, or you just want to read some heart-touching, hilariously funny, or inspirational stories about school life…please read this extraordinary book called Teacher Tales. I have included a link to the amazon site that offers the book at a reduced price. Also, you can view the Table of Contents and other sections of this book…if you browse the Table of Contents my story appears under the heading “The Teacher Who Changed My Life” page 243. My story is about Mrs. Roberta Dutton-Morrill, my fourth grade teacher, who truly inspired me to become a teacher. If you look at my Biography on this blog site, you will see that a year ago I mentioned my placement in her room was what I consider a “divine intervention.” How fitting that the name of my story in this book be titled just that.

    Thank you Mrs. Dutton for your unconditional love and support during that challenging year…you are an angel on earth. Bravo…Chicken Soup for the Soul publishing company for allowing us (the 2009 State Teachers of the Year) to share our stories and hopefully touch the lives of others.

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