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. Continue reading
Posted in Academics, Accountability, Administrators, Androscoggin County, Center for Best Practice, Cumberland County, Educator Effectiveness, Families, From the Commissioner, Instruction, Kennebec County, News & Views, Proficiency-Based Diploma, School Improvement, Students, Teachers, Teaching & Learning
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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. Continue reading
Posted in Accountability, Administrators, Assessment, Data Management, Dispatches, Featured, High School, Middle School, Operations, Science & Technology, Teachers, Teaching & Learning
The Portland Public Schools is launching a new program, Parent University, to involve parents and guardians more fully in their children’s education. Continue reading
Posted in Academics, Accountability, Center for Best Practice, Cumberland County, Data Management, Dispatches, English Language Arts, Families, Featured, Mathematics, Students, Teaching & Learning
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. The U.S. DOE annually designates teacher shortage areas for purposes of deferment of loan repayments or reductions of teaching obligation under the following student loan programs: Continue reading
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. Continue reading
The Maine Legislature recently passed L.D. 905, a resolve directing the Maine DOE to examine school security and work with security experts. As part of our efforts, we have developed a short survey and request that each superintendent offer feedback on this important topic by completing it at http://tinyurl.com/meschoolsecuritysurvey. Your response is requested no later than Friday, Dec. 13 so a nationally-recognized security consultant can analyze the results for a report to the Legislature. Continue reading
AUGUSTA – The Maine Charter School Commission (MCSC) has received applications from four groups interested in opening public charter schools in the fall of 2014.
Those submitting applications by the Dec. 2 deadline to join Maine’s five existing public charter schools included Lewiston-Auburn Academy Charter School, Lewiston; Maine Connections Academy; Maine Virtual Academy; and Many Hands Montessori School, Windham. Continue reading
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Tagged Charter schools Maine, Governor LePage charter schools, Maine Charter School Commission, Maine Department of Education, School choice Maine, virtual charter schools Maine
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. Continue reading
Posted in Academics, Administrators, Center for Best Practice, Continuous Learning, Educator Effectiveness, From the Commissioner, Listening Tour, News & Views, Proficiency-Based Diploma, School Improvement, Standards, Teachers, Teaching & Learning
Students Adie Hughes and Chase Hathorn from the Weatherbee School in Hampden present their teacher, Susan Carpenter O’Brien, a semi-finalist for the 2014 Teacher of the Year, at a banquet in Portland last Friday as Acting Education Commissioner Jim Rier looks on.
Last Friday, I had the privilege of attending the annual Teacher of the Year banquet, hosted at Unum’s Portland campus.
It was exciting to see the education and business communities come together to celebrate these champions for children. As Acting Education Commissioner, I hope to facilitate us working together more to ensure we are best serving our students and our great State. Continue reading
Posted in Accountability, Center for Best Practice, Educator Effectiveness, Elementary School, From the Commissioner, High School, Instruction, Middle School, School Improvement, Teachers, Teaching & Learning
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Over the past several years, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Department of Education (DOE) have been working together to identify possible improvements to the processes involved with billing for MaineCare reimbursable, medically necessary services provided in a school based setting. Continue reading