The awareness initiative will involve thousands of Maine students, trying their hand at computer programming and competing in robotics competitions
AUGUSTA – Maine Governor Paul R. LePage and Acting Education Commissioner Jim Rier are recognizing the important role computer science has in the state’s classrooms and growing economy. Continue reading
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Tagged Acting Education Commissioner Jim Rier, Apple, Computer Science Education Week, Governor Paul LePage education, Governor Paul LePage technology, Hour of Code Maine, Maine Learning Technology Initiative, Microsoft, Project Login
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
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Tagged Casco Bay High School, Maine DOE Center for Best Practice, Poland Regional High School, Portland Public Schools
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
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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
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
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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
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Tagged Maine Teacher of the Year
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
Earlier this month, the Maine DOE in collaboration with the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) convened the fourth meeting of the Maine Governor’s Academy for STEM Education Leadership. This is the second and final year of the cohort, which includes 24 teacher leaders from across the state. Continue reading
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Tagged Governor's STEM Academy, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, Maine STEM
In October, the Maine DOE’s Educator Effectiveness Coordinator sent out a survey to assess the status of performance evaluation and professional growth (PE/PG) system implementation across the state. The Department was encouraged to receive responses from about half of the school administrative units (SAUs) in the state, representing all superintendent regions. Continue reading
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