Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

Early Reading First

Muskie School staff, collaboratoring with Portland Public Schools, Head Start (PROP), St. Elizabeth's Child Development Center, and Preble Learning Center, created preschool centers of excellence by providing intensive professional development in early literacy to teachers of children at risk for reading failure. Part of "Good Start, Grow Smart," the preschool component of "No Child Left Behind," the project used an in-classroom coaching model to ensure the implementation of a scientifically-based early literacy curriculum. Every week early literacy coaches in the classroom modeled and provided feedback to teachers implementing this curriculum.
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State and Wabanaki Tribes Sign Truth and Reconciliation Mandate

Wabanaki Chiefs and Governor LePage signing mandate

On June 29, 2012, five Wabanaki Chiefs and Governor Paul LePage signed a Mandate document commencing the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission to examine Maine child welfare practices affecting Wabanaki people.

The ceremony represents a historic agreement between Wabanaki Tribal Governments and the State of Maine to uncover and acknowledge the truth, create opportunities to heal and learn from the truth, and collaborate to operate the best child welfare system possible for Wabanaki children, a goal shared by all the signatories to the Mandate.

 

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