Category Archives: Dispatches

Department releases Standards Review Panel Report

The Maine DOE has finalized for release the report from the Maine Learning Standards Review Panel. This broad-based panel was convened by Commissioner Jim Rier in 2014 to review the state’s English language arts and mathematics standards.

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Read to ME Challenge gone viral

It’s not an ice bucket challenge but some have taken it to that extreme as Maine takes on the challenge…the Read to ME Challenge. Since the February 2 launch, The Maine Department of Education’s literacy awareness campaign has gone viral which was the hope at its inception.

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Winter Wellness Workshop Day raises awareness

The Maine Schoolsite Health Promotion Program’s Winter Wellness Workshop Day last week drew school employees from across Maine to Waterville to expand their understanding of worksite wellness and how to implement successful wellness programs utilizing a variety of tools and resources. It was also National Wear Red Day, so participants donned a variety of red to show their support for heart health.

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State agency clients returning to their parental home

A child who is placed by the Department of Health and Human Services outside the family home in a foster home or in a children’s residential care facility through the Intensive Temporary Residential Treatment process becomes a “state agency client” under Maine statute and Department of Education regulations, resulting in a shift of administrative and fiscal responsibility for the education of that child.

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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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Maine School Food Service Directors recognized

Two Maine School Food Service Directors were recognized for their outstanding work by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Northeast Regional office. The two directors were featured in the USDA’s first publication of The Cafeteria Chronicles.

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Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports webinar

In an effort to increase implementation of positive behavior supports in Maine schools, the Maine Department of Education in collaboration with the University of Maine, will be offering a webinar, “Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)” on March 7 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

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Nominations due March 4 for Young Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor

Maine youth are volunteering at a rate that has earned the state recognition in national rankings. The Young Maine Volunteer Roll of Honor is a recognition program which is part of the Governor’s Awards for Service and Volunteerism.

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2016-17 public preschool application available

The Maine Department of Education is making an online application form available again this year that will make it easier for districts to apply for State approval of new or expanding public preschool programs.

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Maine’s academic achievement noted by Education Week

Maine continues to have its strengths and challenges according to a recently published ‘Quality Counts’ report released by the Education Week Research Center.

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