The MSAD 15 path to performance-based, student centered education.
  • April, 2012-A team of GNGHS and GNGMS teachers joined other education professionals at the Convening of Nellie Mae Grantees in Amherst,Massachusetts to share the work of the district and to learn from the work of other districts.
  • January, 2012-GNGMS begins to use Educate, the district's new data management system for all reporting.
  • January, 2012-Bruce Beasley became the
superintendent of MSAD 15.
  • October, 2011-As a lab site for the Partnership for Next Generation Learning, MSAD 15 administrators, teacher leaders met with the Partnership steering committee to review progress and outline goals.
  • October, 2011-Superintendent Victoria Burns traveled to Los Angeles to speak on MSAD 15's ongoing transformation.
  • October, 2011-A representative from the Nellie Mae Foundation visited the district to hear from students, staff, and administrators about the impact that the new instructional model is having on learning.
  • September, 2011-MSAD 15 staff presented our progress to a performance-based system to the Conference of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in Silver Springs, Maryland.
  • August, 2011-Teachers Leaders from across the district met to plan for moving the district forward in the Classroom Design and Delivery model.
  • August, 2011-A team of teachers from GNGMS and GNGHS were assembled to begin the work of building a bridge between the two schools that will support students as they transition between the schools.
  • August, 2011-GNGHS staff and administrators attended specialized high school training by staff from schools that were developed around the Reinventing Schools Coalition model.
  • July, 2011-Staff in the district met to design units with assessments and maps of the Guiding Principles.
  • July, 2011-District staff and administration presented MSAD 15's transformation work at a Conference of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in Vermont.
  • June, 2011-District staff received training to support instruction and assessment from education consultant Kay Burke.
  • May, 2011-MSAD 15 is awarded a $185,000 grant from the Nellie Mae Foundation to advance the development of performance-based initiatives.
  • May, 2011-MSAD 15 administration and staff present the keynote speech at a conference of school districts that are seeking grant funding from the Nellie Mae Foundation.
  • May, 2011-Students, staff, and administrators from the district presented our work to the new Commissioner of Education, Stephen Bowen.
  • December, 2010-All staff in the district have received initial Beacon Teacher training and a few from each school received Advanced Beacon Teacher training.
  • December 2010-The district began examining data management tools that would help track student performance on standards.
  • October 2010- MSAD 15 and members of the Maine Department of Education attended a meeting of the Partnership for Next Generation Learning sites in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • September 2010-Staff in all schools are beginning to understand the performance-based model. Many are utilizing new methods in their classrooms and are using the matrices that were created over the summer to develop deeper understanding. GNGMS has a team of comprised of 5th through 7th grade students who are advancing into first implementation.
  • August 2010-Professional development was provided for district staff by Dr. Michael J. Corso of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations.
  • Summer 2010-Teams of teachers throughout the district unpacked the Common Core Standards for Math and ELA. Matrices were made for most of the learning targets.
  • July 2010-MSAD 15 became a lab site for the Partnership for Next Generation Learning. CCSSO and the Stupski Foundation convened a meeting at Pineland to begin building understanding of what must happen to transform education in a district.
  • Four teachers from the district were sponsored by the Pearson Foundation to study the use of mobile technology in classrooms at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
  • May 2010-Gray-New Gloucester Middle School hosted a Student Leadership Symposium.
  • April 2010-Community meeting to begin the creation of a shared vision.
  • March 25, 2010-Introduction to the RISC Model for the community.
  • September 2009-Council for Continuous Improvement was convened to help the district implement the performance-based model. The district began the awareness phase of this multi-year process.
  • Summer 2009-MSAD 15 began working with the Reinventing Schools Coalition (RISC). Some teachers from each school began Beacon Teacher training.
  • Summer 2009-Administrators and teacher representatives from each school attended a symposium on grading by Bea McGarvey of marzano Research Laboratory Associates.