Commissioner’s Update – September 26, 2013

From the Maine DOE

This week, the Department was proud to announce that one of the Maine schools we had nominated had been selected as a National Blue Ribbon School.

The Williams-Cone School in Topsham was one of 236 public schools nationwide named by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan into this prestigious program that recognizes schools where students perform at very high levels or show significant improvements in closing achievement gaps.

The K-5 school, which serves just over 200 students under the leadership of Principal Randa Rineer, is definitely deserving of this honor with their hard work in recent years leading to great gains in student achievement.

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Topsham elementary named National Blue Ribbon School

TOPSHAM – An elementary school in Topsham that has seen double-digit increases over the last five years in the percentage of its students deemed proficient is Maine’s National Blue Ribbon School. | More

Bernhardt named coordinator for standards and instruction

Anita Bernhardt, the Maine DOE’s science and technology content specialist for the past six years, has been named the Department’s new coordinator for standards and instruction. | More

Consortium that includes Maine receives grant for kindergarten entry assessment development

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded more than $15.1 million in Enhanced Assessment Grants to three state education agencies—North Carolina, Maryland and Texas—to develop or enhance their Kindergarten Entry Assessments. | More

Data on the use of Restraint and Seclusion

The Maine DOE has released data provided by Maine schools and other educational settings about the use of physical restraint and seclusion during the 2012-13 school year. | More

State of Maine approves new virtual high school program

The Maine DOE has granted the Virtual High School (VHS) Collaborative approved online learning provider status. The Department has found VHS courses to meet the State’s standards, enabling middle and high schools statewide to partner with VHS. | More

School-located vaccine clinics available

School-located vaccine clinics (SLVCs) will be offered during the 2013-14 influenza season thanks to the continued support of the Maine DOE, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maine Immunization Program. | More

Learn to engage students with Next Gen Science Standards

Teachers and curriculum leaders are invited to attend the Maine Curriculum Leaders’ Association conference on the Framework for K-12 Science and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) held Oct. 21-22. | More

School nutrition service nominations sought

The Maine School Nutrition Association in partnership with the Maine DOE is seeking to honor school nutrition professionals who have achieved 20 years or more of service feeding the children of Maine. | More

Discover alternative interventions for at-risk students

Teachers, administrators, school counselors and mental health specialists are invited to attend the third annual Lives in the Balance summit, “There’s a Better Way,” which focuses on non-confrontational interventions for at-risk children. | More

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