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Piscataquis Community High School Teacher and Camden Conference in the Classroom educator, Joe Hennessey, Named Maine 2019 Teacher of the Year

Press release from Maine Department of Education: In an all-school assembly today at Piscataquis Community High School, Maine Department of Education Commissioner Robert G. Hasson, Jr. named English teacher Joseph Hennessey Maine’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. Hennessey was selected earlier this year as the 2018 Piscataquis County Teacher of the Year. He began his teaching career in 2012 and has held teaching positions as both an English teacher and a teacher for at-risk youth ever since. He specializes in English literature and composition and has taught speech and debate as well. In his current position at Piscataquis Community High School, Hennessey has implemented a college prep, literature based interdisciplinary course that focuses on students’ interests and aims to prepare them for life after graduation. “Mr. Hennessey is a unique and highly effective teacher. His formal manner and personality combined with a dry sense of humor and setting high standards…

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CAMDEN CONFERENCE IN THE CLASSROOM TEACHERS PREPARE FOR THE 2019 CONFERENCE ON CHINA

On Saturday, September 29, the participants in the coming year’s Camden Conference in the Classroom program (CCC) gathered at Rockland Public Library to discuss their respective plans for classes based on the theme of the upcoming 2019 Conference, “Is This China’s Century?”  Teachers representing fourteen high schools from across Maine met with Education Committee Chair, Elaine Keyes, and members of her committee for a full day to confer on ways to present the China material. The teachers appreciate the opportunity to network with each other and share their ideas with colleagues they might not meet otherwise.  The pilot program for the CCC originated in 2015 with 56 students from 7 schools. In 2018, the program had expanded to include 11 schools from 10 of 16 Maine counties.  In each participating school, a course curriculum is designed by that school’s CCC teacher within the school’s guidelines.  These for-credit courses range from a…

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Two Camden Conference in the Classroom teachers, Hennessey and Goodall, are finalists for the 2019 Maine Teacher of the Year

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, August 29, 2018: Three Maine teachers have been announced as state finalists for the 2019 Maine Teacher of the Year. Among the three is 2018 Piscataquis County Teacher of the Year Joseph Hennessey who teaches American, World, AP Literature and Composition and Camden Conference Seminar for grades 11-12 at Piscataquis Community High School. He has been teaching for six years. Joining Hennessey is 2018 Penobscot County Teacher of the Year Shana Goodall of Orono High School and 2018 Cumberland County Teacher of the Year Connie Russell who is a grade 2 teacher at the Mabel I. Wilson School in Cumberland. The finalists were chosen from the 2018 Maine County Teachers of the Year honored earlier this year. Among the 16 county honorees was former SeDoMoCha Elementary School art teacher Anthony Lufkin, who taught for four years at the school in Dover-Foxcroft a decade ago, as…

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2018 COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY STUDENT AWARD WINNER

The Camden Conference is pleased to announce that Eileen Griffin from the University of Maine, Orono, is the winner of its college and university student essay contest which focused on the 2018 Conference theme: New World Disorder and America's Future.  Her essay was titled The Great Powers and the New Great Game: Central Asia, Kazakhstan and the Balance of Power Between China and the United States. The Conference congratulates her. This award was established by Captain Bill Taylor who was a longtime supporter of the Camden Conference and of education programming. Captain Taylor had a distinguished career as a Naval Officer, an Academic in Warfare Science, and Director of Long Range Strategic Planning for Anti-Submarine Warfare at the Pentagon. His career took him all over the world during various wars, and his creative influence on Naval Warfare lingers. College and University Essay-Eileen Griffin Read More

2018 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

The Camden Conference is pleased to announce the winners of its third high school student essay contest which focused on the 2018 Conference theme: New World Disorder and America's Future. First prize was a tie and went to Levi McAtee from Lincoln Academy for his essay A Virtual Threat to Democracy: The Threat of Fake News to Modern Democracy and How It Can Be Mitigated. The second winner was Jonathan Meserve from Edward Little High School for his essay The Minsk Peace: A Critical Analysis. Lareina Zhang from Gould Academy won the second prize for her essay Britain, the United States, and Isolationism. Third prize went to Hannah Sylvia Bagley from Piscataquis Community High School for her essay Preservation of a Nation. The Conference congratulates our winners. The essay contest is part of a special program for eleven Maine high schools in 2017-18 called “Camden Conference in the Classroom” (CCC). Essay contest winners were enrolled in a... Read More

Watershed School celebrates 15 years of education, community engagement

  May 31, 2018 Courtesy of: Watershed School   CAMDEN — Watershed School is throwing a 15th Anniversary party June 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. at its new home at One Free Street. The public is invited. The festive gathering, with food from community sponsors, contra dancing and live music, celebrates a legacy of quality learning and rich community and school partnerships. Watershed School, Midcoast Maine’s only independent high school, opened its doors in 2003 in Rockland. Since 2012 the school has called Camden home, but Watershed students consider Midcoast Maine their campus. Over the course of 15 years Watershed School has combined intellectual rigor and courage, with project-based learning, design thinking, consensus building and a joy of learning, together with a commitment to purposeful work within a community setting. “Our students work on projects from Belfast to Boothbay,” Head of School Will Galloway observed. Relevant research and applied problem-solving…

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CC Education Program Expands Horizons

The Camden Conference and certainly the Education Committee believe that an important part of our mission is to help prepare the Maine students of today to be global citizens of tomorrow.  We are committed to the participation of college and high school students at the Conference.  The 2018 Camden Conference on New World Disorder attendance of over 200 students and teachers came close to the record attendance of the 2017 Conference on global migration.   From reports from students and their teachers in the colleges and high schools which attended at the Strand, the Hutch, and the Opera House, this was a most successful Conference. College students attended mainly at the Opera House location. This year the participating schools were:  University of Maine at  Farmington, University of Maine at Orono, University of Maine at Augusta/University at Rockland, University of Southern Maine, University of Maine School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA),…

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World Affairs Council of Maine event: Women’s Roles in Peace + Security: Lunch with Ambassador Swanee Hunt

In Celebration of International Women’s Day,  the World Affairs Council of Maine + Pierce Atwood are pleased to present:    Women’s Roles in Peace + Security A luncheon with Ambassador Swanee Hunt.       Friday, March 9th 11:30am: Buffet Lunch from Sisters Gourmet Deli 12:00pm: Amb. Hunt’s Presentation and Q+A   at Pierce Atwood, 5th Floor 254 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101 Limited seating available.  Also available for sale will be copies of the book, Rwandan Women Rising, and jewelry by Same Sky.   Members: $20 Non-members: $25     Ambassador Hunt, who served as US Ambassador to Austria during the Bosnian War, is the founder of Women Waging Peace, a global network of women seeking to transform and resolve conflict across the world. She is also the Founding Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Her most recent book, Rwandan Woman Rising, outlines the incredible role that Rwandan…

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Watershed School CCC project

The Camden Conference in the Classroom program is a high school level program funded and overseen by the Camden Conference. Currently there are 11 schools, both private and public, offering CCC courses and attending the Camden Conference: Camden Hills Regional High School, Deering High School (Portland), Edward Little High School (Auburn), Foxcroft Academy (Dover Foxcroft), Gould Academy (Bethel), Lincoln Academy (Newcastle), Maine Academy of Natural Sciences (Hinckley), Medomak Valley High School (Waldoboro), Piscataquis Community High School (Guilford), Portland High School, and Watershed School (Camden).  The following is a description of the program as developed by Peter Kalajian of the Watershed School. We hope to share the curriculum and projects of other schools in the future.  Months before the Camden Conference convenes each year in February, Watershed School seniors begin Senior Seminar, an intensive course that focuses on the event’s topic. The students study relevant current events and important global issues…

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Watershed School students review selection of books on 2018 Camden Conference suggested reading list

Each year the Camden Conference compiles an extensive list of suggested readings related to the topic of the annual Conference. This year students at Watershed School in Camden, one of our CCC (Camden Conference in the Classroom) schools, took it a step further and 7 senior seminar students read a selection of the books and wrote thoughtful reviews. Their reviews can be read here.

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