Category Archives: Professional Development

Winter Wellness Workshop Day raises awareness

The Maine Schoolsite Health Promotion Program’s Winter Wellness Workshop Day last week drew school employees from across Maine to Waterville to expand their understanding of worksite wellness and how to implement successful wellness programs utilizing a variety of tools and resources. It was also National Wear Red Day, so participants donned a variety of red to show their support for heart health.

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Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports webinar

In an effort to increase implementation of positive behavior supports in Maine schools, the Maine Department of Education in collaboration with the University of Maine, will be offering a webinar, “Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)” on March 7 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

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Transitions suicide prevention training Feb. 25

In an effort to continue our support of Maine’s youth, Maine DOE in collaboration with Suicide Prevention Training contractor NAMI Maine, will be offering the Transitions Lessons Teacher Training on February 25. In order to attend, participants must have previously completed Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training.

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Registration open for postsecondary transition conference

Special education administrators, special education high school teachers, transition coordinators and specialists, vocational rehabilitation case managers, and parents of children/students with disabilities are invited to attend a daylong conference on postsecondary transition planning.

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Student Learning Objective (SLO) training for districts

Maine DOE is proud to offer Student Learning Objective (SLO) training to school administrative units (SAUs) to help support of the development of Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth (PEPG) systems. These regional trainings will be available in four locations throughout the state.

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Dream with us following the Move the Needle Summit

Over 25 educators including County and State Teachers of the Year and Apple Distinguished Educators, six middle school students, a handful of Thomas College education students, and more joined the Maine Department of Education, Educate Maine and Thomas College for last week’s Move the Needle Learning and Technology Summit.

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Educators invited to annual winter wellness workshop

Educators are invited to the fourth annual winter wellness workshop “Building Partnerships for Wellness Success,” hosted by the Maine DOE Schoolsite Health Promotion Program on Feb. 5 in Waterville.

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Move the Needle Learning and Technology Summit

Moving the needle is the objective of the Maine’s Learning Through Technology Team which is partnering with the Thomas College Center for Innovation in Education and Educate Maine for a summit on technology and learning in classrooms on Friday, Jan. 15.

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Use of federal funds to provide food or beverages

Administrative Letter: 4
Policy Code: KLM
To: Superintendents of Schools, Business Managers, Directors of Special Education
From: William H. Beardsley, Acting Commissioner
Date: January 13, 2016
Re: Use of Federal Funds to Provide Food or Beverages

The Maine Department of Education has received a number of questions regarding the use of federal funds to provide food and beverages at meetings and conferences. Generally, the use of federal funds for food and beverages is discouraged. The documents posted at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/fund/guid/gposbul/gposbul.html are the federal government’s advisory on this topic.

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Upcoming workshops for 2016 math & ELA/literacy assessment

The following Priority Notice was sent to school administrative units on Monday, Jan. 11.

Maine DOE is informing districts of upcoming training workshops to prepare for the 2016 Maine Educational Assessment for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy. In-person trainings are for grades 3-8 (eMPower™ME) and 3rd year high school (SAT). Dates and locations are as follows:

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