Parents Invited to “Rethink Homework” At CES

By Lura Jackson

Is homework actually helpful? How could it be updated or improved to suit the needs of the modern student—particularly those that attend Calais Elementary School? These questions will be discussed at a workshop that all parents or guardians in the community are invited to attend. The workshop, led by Dr. Leigh Alley of University of Maine at Machias, will be held at CES on September 27th as part of the school’s open house.

Dr. Alley will hold two 45-minute workshops during the open house. Each workshop will “share beliefs, consider current research and best practice, acknowledge challenges, and imagine new possibilities”, according to the flyer. While parents are in the workshop, their children will be engaged in the library with separate activities. All parents that attend the workshop and all children that attend the library activities will be eligible to enter drawings for prizes.

As the former Executive Director for the Washington County Consortium for School Improvement, Dr. Alley is passionate about tailoring school practices to better accommodate rural communities and their families. Her earlier work as an English teacher and literacy coach gave her hands-on opportunities to understand and implement instructional strategies in Eastern Maine.  


The first workshop will be held at 5:45 and the second will begin at 6:30.