Category Archives: Public meetings

Panel convened by Education Commissioner to improve Maine learning results, public input sought

Recommendations will inform improvements the Maine Department of Education intends for the state’s math and English language arts standards

AUGUSTA – Maine’s Education Commissioner is asking the public and a panel of parents, educators and business leaders to inform improvements his Department plans to make to the state’s learning standards for mathematics and English language arts.

Maine Department of Education Commissioner Jim Rier announced today that a 24-member panel will begin work this week to assess the rigor and clarity of the standards. Continue reading

SAUs invited to apply for coaching and evidence-based practice PD

Creating standards-based Individualized Education Programs (IEP) was the first step; implementing those plans is next.

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Pilot participation, training offered on alternate assessment

The Maine DOE is encouraging schools to participate in an upcoming pilot of the State’s alternate assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

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Smarter Balanced digital library of formative assessment tools passes 1K item mark

Members of Maine’s Digital Library State Network of Educators were among 80 educators from the Smarter Balanced participating states that convened July 14-17 for a marathon work session to review and evaluate resources submitted to the Digital Library. Marilyn Joyce of Brewer and  Sandra Cookson of RSU 87 along with Maine DOE specialist Morgan Dunton were on hand as the Digital Library count passed 1,000  items and kept climbing.

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Upcoming Maine Security School Workshop

The Maine DOE is encouraging school staff to attend a Maine School Security Workshop to be held September 18 at Hampden Academy and September 19 at Westbrook Middle School.

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Special rates for Maine teachers at National Council for the Social Studies conference

The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) will host the nation’s largest and most comprehensive social studies professional development conference at its 2014 Annual Conference in Boston, November 21-23.

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RFP issued for 21st Century Community Learning Centers

The Maine DOE has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking bids to establish or extend 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) in 2014-15.

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Kennebec Valley public school successes showcased

The Kennebec Valley Superintendents Association (KVSA) celebrated the great things happening in the region’s public schools at a special showcase held earlier this month at Thomas College in Waterville.  Instructional programming to help bolster Kindergarten students’ literacy skills as they enter school, opportunities for teachers to engage in ongoing professional learning related to mathematics instruction, student choral and instrumental musical performances , dual enrollment  opportunities and robotics club offerings for high school students were just a few of the examples of innovative educational programming shared during the event.    Continue reading

Notice of proposed rule changes to Chapter 115

On Sept. 15, 2012, Rule Chapter 114 (“Purpose, Standards and Procedures for the Review and Approval of Educational Personnel Preparation Programs”) underwent changes. Among the approved amendments included the addition of a course in special education law to administrative certificates already requiring federal and Maine civil rights and education law. Accordingly, Chapter 115, Part II, must now be opened to revise the corresponding certification rules. Continue reading

Notice of quarterly STEM council meeting

The STEM council will be meeting on June 13 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the office of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance at 219 Capitol Street, Suite #3, Augusta, ME 04332.

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