Commissioner’s Update – December 5, 2013

From the Maine DOE

Maine schools have long been looked to as national leaders in education innovation.

That’s why I am not surprised that Education Week recently named three of our state’s schools to a list of those across the country worth visiting.

Among the 35 high schools named in Tom Vander Ark’s “On Innovation” column because they “personalize and blend learning; they challenge students with real work and ask them to show what they know” were Casco Bay High School in Portland and Poland Regional High School.

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Region Ten Technical High School Firefighting student Colleen Tremain explains firefighting techniques to children at a recent Brunswick Fire Department open house. Region Ten Tech in Brunswick enrolls more than 300 students in 14 programs.

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DOE shares new system of supports

With the holidays approaching, now is the time to thank all of our teachers and school/district leaders for the work you do each day to meet the needs of all Maine students. It is also the time to share with all of you our vision for how the Maine DOE can better support your important work. | More

New schools proposed to Charter Commission

AUGUSTA – The Maine Charter School Commission (MCSC) has received applications from four groups interested in opening a public charter school in the fall of 2014. | More

Maine DOE seeks input on teacher shortage areas

The Maine DOE has been notified of the requirement to submit Maine teacher shortage areas by Dec. 15 for designation by the U.S. Department of Education (U.S. DOE) for the 2014-2015 school year.  | More

Schools invited to participate in online MeCAS Science

The Maine DOE is pleased to offer schools an opportunity to participate in the online delivery of the Maine Comprehensive Assessment System (MeCAS) Science in Grade 11 from March 24-April 4 and in Grade 8 from May 3-16. | More

Maine Safe Routes to School grants available

Grants are now available to Maine schools through the Maine Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, a federally-funded partnership of the Maine Department of Transportation, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and communities throughout the state working to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and encourage more students to walk and bike to school. | More

Portland Public Schools launches Parent University

The Portland Public Schools is launching a new program, Parent University, to involve parents and guardians more fully in their children’s education.  | More

Bonny Eagle Robotics Team step ahead in national competition

STANDISH - Bonny Eagle Robotics Team (A.K.A. BERT) announced today that they are currently in second place in a national competition for their team’s “First Foot” engineering concept about a shoe that collects and stores energy. | More

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