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Lisa Cooley

About Nominee

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Nominee's Organization
Maine Regional School Unit 3 (RSU 3)
Nominators affiliation to nominee:
Colleague
Tell us how he/she is making a difference:
Lisa Cooley brings real education change to the school board table. Her position on progressive education and opposition to high-stakes testing and standardization bring the wider world of school transformation to a rural New England school district. She brings her ideas on meaningful student learning to every aspect of school board activity, from the budget, to curriculum decisions, to student expulsion hearings.

Cooley says, “Every once in awhile, a school board should stop what they’re doing and talk about education, Even if it means we go home a little later.” She says, “Everyone says they are student-centered,” but she asks, “‘What does that look like in the day-to-day running of our schools?” She challenges folks to embrace respect for children’s energy and curiosity.

Cooley’s focus is to bring real learning that matters to all students in the district. Cooley knows the walls between school and the outside world are still thick and rarely breached for out-of-school learning experiences. To help combat this, she proposed and succeeded in adding to the budget a Volunteer Coordinator/Internship Development position that will be expanded. Most recently, she has worked to bring the district’s attention to Big Picture Learning (http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2012/05/simple-ed-reform-solution-connect.html) in hopes of brining their brand of passion-driven learning to Maine.

Her goals are to bring students’ interests, passions, enjoyments and curiosities to their everyday work at school are why she should receive this recognition.


Academy votes and reviews

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Lisa Cooley 2013-04-08 02:05:53 Deven Black
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Reviewed by Deven Black    April 08, 2013
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Lisa is an inquisitive school board member working hard to keep student needs front and center in her district. The most striking thing about Lisa is her ability to admit she doesn't know enough about a topic and her tenacious work to learn what she doesn't know. She asks good questions, listens to the answers and then asks more questions, the mark of a life-long learner.
Lisa Cooley 2013-04-06 23:49:54 Lisa Michelle Nielsen
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Reviewed by Lisa Michelle Nielsen    April 06, 2013
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Brief Comments - What other facts should we know about your nominee?
Lisa Cooley is Suzuki violinist and teacher. She is also a glass artist, making glass beads and jewelry for Maine craft shows and galleries. She is married. She has a son in public school and a daughter who been home schooled and in public school.
 

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Overall rating 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.9
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4.8
 
Lisa Cooley 2013-05-14 22:33:16 Donna Yates Mace
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Reviewed by Donna Yates Mace    May 14, 2013
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Even down in Florida,I am aware of Ms.Cooley's concerns and advocacy for quality public schools.
Lisa Cooley 2013-04-10 18:44:53 Tim McClung
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Reviewed by Tim McClung    April 10, 2013
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Ms.Cooley is a student board member. I have often read her blog posts at my own local school board meetings to see what kind of reaction follows. There seems to be a movement to give local districts more flexibility and oversight but without a Lisa on each and every school board, I don't think much will change. Hopefully, when she wins this award, there will be a groundswell of community members that seek to sit on their own local school boards and turn them into student school boards.
Lisa Cooley 2013-04-08 18:12:19 Elizabeth Zimmer
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Reviewed by Elizabeth Zimmer    April 08, 2013
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I've known this woman for 20 years. She is using FACEBOOK to dramatically raise the consciousness of "civilians" and the childless about conditions in the schools. She's a treasure!
Lisa Cooley 2013-04-08 14:24:33 Michael Soskil
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Reviewed by Michael Soskil    April 08, 2013
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I've never come into contact with a school board member who has such a commitment to what is best for children. It's a pleasure to be connected with Lisa and to have the ability to collaborate with her.
Lisa Cooley 2013-04-08 01:09:31 Denise Pendleton
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Reviewed by Denise Pendleton    April 08, 2013
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Brief Comments - What other facts should we know about your nominee?
A board member with passion, vision and the ability to make real change is worthy of acknowledgement and celebration.
 
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