Mary Bellavance

Mary Bellavance

Mary Bellavance’s career as an educator includes 11 years as a classroom teacher and 15 years in roles such as literacy specialist, literacy coach and instructional coach in southern Maine. Mary is the current President of Maine ASCD and strives to promote the organization’s mission to provide leadership in designing, innovating, and customizing learning for Maine educators. She has published articles about personalized learning for Competency Works, ASCD Edge, and Educational Leadership, and she currently works with educators in Biddeford, Maine and surrounding school districts to help grow and sustain a student-centered, proficiency-based teaching and learning system.

Mary has been a Reading First Instructor and Literacy Leaders’ Network facilitator for the Maine Department of Education. In addition, she has taught reading courses at the University of New England. Mary’s professional writing was rejuvenated after she participated in the Southern Maine Writing Project Invitational Summer and Fall Institute. She has written about personalized learning for Competency Works, ASCD Edge and Educational Leadership. Mary has presented at many local and national conferences on topics such as educating in a digital landscape, habits of mind and creating a personalized learning climate for each child.

Publications include: Personalized Learning, Maine Style. Educational Leadership, June 2014.

About the Students at the Center Distinguished Fellowship

The inaugural cohort of the Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows was a diverse group of nine leaders in policy, practice, and research from around New England, each selected for their vision, contributions, and impact in the student-centered learning movement in the region. The Fellows’ overarching goals were:

  1. to investigate, use, and promote effective renditions of student-centered learning (i.e., personalized, competency-based, student-owned, and anytime-anywhere) in the New England region and beyond; and
  2. to communicate research findings in ways that make them actionable and accessible for policymakers and practitioners to maximize students’ academic achievement, particularly for those students who have been historically underserved.

Along with four research teams announced in November 2016 and a group of prominent national advisors, the Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows comprised core members of the newly formed Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative. With thought leadership and anchor funding from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative is a bold new effort to investigate and evaluate what we know about student-centered learning within and beyond school walls, and then leverage that knowledge to affect meaningful change at scale.

Learn more about the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative.
The first cohort of Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows is generously funded by The Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

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