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Remote Learning and Digital Divides - an MEA and MDOE Webinar


Apr 15, 2020 06:28 PM

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Grace Leavitt
President @Maine Education Association
Grace is a Spanish teacher on leave from Greely High School in Cumberland. She lives in Raymond and has been teaching for more than 40 years, K-12 to higher ed and adult, in Maine, Massachusetts and Spain, and is National Board certified. Grace is passionate about public education and will support students and educators across the state as the chief policy officer and official spokesperson for the MEA.
Heather Whitaker
Maine 2020 Teacher of the Year @Gorham Middle School
Heather Whitaker is an MEA member and Gorham Middle School Teacher. She is also the 2020 Teacher of the Year. During her 18-year teaching career at Gorham Middle School, Heather has been a true advocate for combining learning opportunities with the needs of the community. She started her school’s garden, which donates over 800 pounds of produce for the local food pantry each year. She also was a founding member of the Gorham BackPack Program, which provides students in her community, experiencing chronic hunger, with food over the weekend. Her alternative education students are active volunteers for both programs. Just recently, this program was awarded a $25,000 State Farm Community Assist grant.
Page Nichols
Chief Innovation Officer @Maine Department of Education
Page Nichols serves as the Chief Innovation Officer for the Maine Department of Education and is helping to spearhead the state’s response to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Page has been working with highly at risk kids for over ten years. As a Restorative Learning Specialist at The REAL School – a public school serving middle and high school students who have not been successful in traditional schools – Page helped to develop and implement restorative disciplinary practices and protocols using evidence-based, best practices and emerging adolescent brain development as a guide.