What separates King Middle School's program from most others is teamwork and time. In each house, teachers get about two-and-a-half hours a week to work collaboratively. That's in addition to a similar amount of prep time for each teacher individually. On top of that, the state offers webinars and a training staff. Not all schools take advantage of the resources, but when coupled with professional development, the 1-to-1 laptop program demonstrably improves student learning.
Students in Susan McCray's class at Casco Bay High School learn to critique each other's work.
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