Category Archives: Instruction

February is Career and Technical Education month

Twenty seven high school career and technical education regions and centers across Maine and the entire field of secondary school applied technology and workforce educators are being recognized during the month of February.

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February is Career and Technical Education month

AUGUSTA — Maine’s career and technical education schools and educators of applied technology and workforce development are being recognized during the month of February.

“From industry-recognized training and dual enrollments in colleges, to professional licensures and industry-recognized certificates, approximately 8,500 of Maine high school students enrolled in career and technical education (CTE) programs are demonstrating industry and college proficiencies, ranging from robotics to coding, from culinary arts to welding, building trades to health services, and marketing to auto technology. CTE programs adhere to rigorous industry-recognized standards and offer students hand-on learning at its best,” says Maine DOE’s Acting Education Commissioner Bill Beardsley.

In Maine, CTE is provided at 27 regional schools in all counties across the state, each affiliated with a group of nearby sending high schools. There are 60 different programs; an ever increasing number leading to industry-recognized credentials while credits are earned towards high school graduation and post-secondary attainment. Most programs have articulation agreements or lead to an industry pathway.

Maine DOE’s Career and Technical Education Director Margaret Harvey says she hears a variety of comments from students about their CTE experience. “Students are engaged and excited to be in CTE, and we routinely hear students say, ‘CTE is the reason I am still in school; CTE makes learning relevant.’  School review teams also hear students describe that they are treated like they would be in a professional workplace, and students have said, ‘The instructors are mentors and role models.’”

Studies reported by the National Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) note that the average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 93 percent compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 80 percent. More than 75 percent of secondary CTE students pursue postsecondary education shortly after high school.

At the postsecondary level, students with a CTE-related associate degree or credential earn an average of $4,000-$19,000 more than students with a humanities associate degree. Twenty-seven percent of those CTE students having less than an associate degree but holding licenses and certificates are earning more than the average bachelor degree recipient.

“CTE and related skill development courses are an essential component of Maine’s K-12 public schools. Students thrive on this high school level CTE experience that provides critical thinking and deeper learning, offering students not only a continued interest in their education, but a tangible skill, trade and training that takes them into the future.” says Beardsley.

To learn more about career and technical education in Maine visit or For more information about regional CTE schools, contact Maine DOE’s Director of Career and Technical Education Margaret Harvey at or Director of Communications Anne Gabbianelli at or 624-6747.


Outstanding educators sought for Maine talent pool

The Maine DOE is seeking recommendations through April 28 for the 2016 Maine Educator Talent Pool. These distinguished educators may be considered for membership on local and state advisory boards and task forces, as well as be candidates for special recognition through the Department.

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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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Maine’s Teacher of the Year on 21st century skills

Maine 2016 teacher of the Year Talya Edlund recently shared some thoughts about teaching 21st century skills. Her article appeared in the Bangor Daily News January 9-10, 2016.

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‘The Maine Event’ airs this Saturday

Commissioner Bill Beardsley joined Senator Roger Katz, Hannah Pingree, and Maine Education Association’s John Kosinksi for a taping of the “The Maine Event” airing this Saturday night at 6 p.m. on Maine Public Broadcasting.

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Programming for students with dyslexia, dyscalculia or dysgraphia

Although dyslexia is not itself a category of disability under the federal IDEA or Maine’s special education regulations (MUSER), the definition of the disability category Specific Learning Disability (at both the federal and state level) expressly references dyslexia as one example of a disorder in psychological processing involved in understanding or using language which can be the basis for special education eligibility under that category.

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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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Next State of Learning for Maine

Maine is one of four states leading efforts to create innovative opportunities in public school classrooms around the country through the Next State of Learning project. This showcases how states are transforming public education by scaling locally led innovations with a strong focus on student outcomes.

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MLTI team supports districts’ technology planning through BrightBytes

“We know that districts are constantly striving to better leverage their local resources, especially when it comes to their instructional technology,” says Mike Muir, Maine DOE’s Learning Through Technology Director. “We want to support their efforts by providing them access to BrightBytes, a quality planning tool.”

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