Category Archives: Multimedia

Maine DOE hosts webinar on proficiency-based diplomas readiness

In response to requests, the Department is offering a webinar titled Proficiency-Based Diplomas: Extension or Confirmation on the morning of September 5 from 9-10:00.

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Maine Arts Assessment Initiative hosts New England Summit on Arts Education

The Maine DOE joined over 90 educators, teaching artists, and interdisciplinary teams at the New England Summit on Arts Education, July 29-August 1, at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. This three day professional training opportunity was coordinated by the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) and provided participants with a collaborative approach to explore methods of teaching, learning, and assessment in arts education.

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Commissioner’s Conference focuses on Proficiency-Based Diplomas and Educator Effectiveness

In closing comments of the 103rd Annual Commissioner’s Conference for Superintendents, Education Commissioner Jim Rier applauded attendees for their attention and participation in the general and break-out sessions during the 3-day event. The Department collaborated with Maine School Management Association in planning the conference, which was designed to provide superintendents and other district administrators with guidance, technical assistance and practical tools to use in implementing recently-passed legislation.

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Maine Commission for Community Service presents AmeriCorps webinar

Registration is now open for an informational webinar introducing AmeriCorps program basics and the various types of grants available during the major triennial AmeriCorps State program grant competition that will take place this Fall and Winter.

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What does approved ESEA waiver mean for your school?

On Monday, we announced that the U.S. Department of Education has approved Maine’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver.

Maine earned the waiver – which can be viewed at – because we developed an ambitious yet achievable plan to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps and increase the quality of instruction. As a result, Maine will cut in half the percentage of non-proficient students at each school over the next six years. Continue reading

Students rock ninth MLTI Conference

Students learn about garageband in a breakout session

Students learn about GarageBand in a breakout session at the 2012 MLTI Student Conference at UMaine.

ORONO – When Emily and Katie Morse’s love of Pokémon morphed into a passion for the Japanese language, they knew that Machias Memorial High School could not offer them the Japanese program they wanted. With the use of their Maine Learning Technology Initiative MacBooks, the twins were able to take online, self-paced language courses at Brigham Young University while earning credits toward their high school diplomas.

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Deer Isle, Stonington get creative in seeking plan ideas

A student wears a sandwich board asking community members questions about the future of their schools.

Chelsea Brown wears a sandwich board at a recent Deer Isle-Stonington High School basketball game.

The schools in Deer Isle and Stonington want input from the community so the school system can craft a long-term strategic plan. Turns out, a sandwich board is part of the solution.

During two recent basketball games, Deer Isle-Stonington High School students Chelsea Brown, Kasi Billings and Morgan Shepherd wore a sandwich board with four questions. Residents were encouraged to write their ideas on the board or submit them on paper.

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Photo: Deer Isle-Stonington High School Writing Center

Three students give the thumbs up sign in the Deer Isle-Stonington High School Writing Center.

Deer Isle-Stonington High School students Emily Cormier, Ann Dunham, and Esther Adams help their peers strengthen their writing skills as founding tutors of the school's new Writing Center. Writing Center tutors are enrolled in a course with teacher Lee Lehto that helps them improve their own writing and offer helpful feedback to others.

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Casco Bay class challenges students to turn passion into business

Submitted by Portland Public Schools.

PORTLAND — Margo Arruda, a senior at Casco Bay High School, fell in love with the Harry Potter and “Lord of the Rings” books as a young child. “From the time I was 10,” she says, “I could navigate Middle Earth better than my hometown.”

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Maine students invited to ‘Doodle 4 Google’

Google is inviting Maine student artists in grades K-12 to enter Doodle 4 Google 2012, a competition to redesign the Google logo and have it featured on Google’s homepage for a day.

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