Category Archives: Dispatches

Mike Muir joins Maine DOE as Learning Through Technology Director

The Maine DOE has selected one of the state’s leading learning technology integrators and a 30-year veteran educator to head its Learning Through Technology Team, which administers the groundbreaking 1:1 Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI). Continue reading

LePage Administration proposes public charter school funding fix

The LePage Administration is proposing legislation that would have the Maine DOE make monthly payments directly to approved public charter schools starting in FY16, the same way the Department has long distributed funds to traditional public school districts. Currently, districts that lose students to public charter schools are billed directly by the receiving charter school.

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Schoolwide Plan due, Department schedules webinar

The Maine DOE is hosting a webinar next month to provide guidance to Title I schools as they complete their Schoolwide Plan, which now must be submitted to the Department.

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Maine FFA students discover Agricultural Trades Show

Maine FFA State Officers at Maine Farm Bureau Display Left to right:  Representative Anthony J. Edgecomb, Maine House District 148 (Fort Fairfield), Carly Grass, Maine FFA Vice President, Tyler Raymond, Maine FFA Reporter-Sentinel, Jordan Canney, Maine FFA Secretary-Treasurer, Whitnie Bradbury, Maine FFA President, Senator Peter Edgecomb, Maine Senate District 1 (Caribou).

Maine FFA State Officers at Maine Farm Bureau Display
Left to right: Representative Anthony J. Edgecomb, Maine House District 148 (Fort Fairfield), Carly Grass, Maine FFA Vice President, Tyler Raymond, Maine FFA Reporter-Sentinel, Jordan Canney, Maine FFA Secretary-Treasurer, Whitnie Bradbury, Maine FFA President, Senator Peter Edgecomb, Maine Senate District 1 (Caribou)

Student leaders from the Maine FFA Association (formerly known as “Future Farmers of America”) traveled to the 74th annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show at the Augusta Civic Center last week to visit with representatives of organizations and companies involved in agriculture and natural resources and to update them on the status of Maine FFA, which currently has more than 500 members in 16 chapters across the state.

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Maine teachers invited to apply for STEM scholarship

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Alumni Club of Maine is inviting Maine middle school and high school science and engineering teachers to apply for Club scholarships to the MIT Science and Engineering Program for Teachers (SEPT) which will be held June 21-27.

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Maine DOE releases new educator effectiveness resources

The Maine DOE is releasing additional new resources to support the development and implementation of Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth (PEPG) systems. The new resources build upon those released last month and include Leader Evaluation and Professional Growth (LEPG) modules and a presentation specifically for special educators.

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Connecting classroom to math assessment focus of Maine DOE workshops

The Maine DOE is inviting math educators to one of the six workshops the Department will host across the state next month focused on connecting the classroom to the new online Maine Education Assessment developed by Smarter Balanced. Continue reading

Maine DOE publishes applied learning lesson plans

The Department has published 30 lesson plans that support hands-on, applied learning for Maine’s middle school students.

Creation of the lesson plans, which have been delivered in classrooms across the state and are now additionally available on the Department’s website, was led by Jobs for Maine’s Graduates. Each lesson has been aligned with the Maine Career and Technical Education (CTE) Career Clusters to allow for a relevant connection to the applied learning opportunity.

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EPS Commission releases final report

The Commission to Strengthen the Adequacy and Equity of Certain Cost Components of the School Funding Formula, often referred to as the EPS Commission, has released its final report.

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January is Invite Your Maine Legislator to School Month

Schools are encouraged to invite legislators to visit classrooms and meet with teachers, administrators and students this month, which is designated “Invite Your Maine Legislator to School Month” per Title 1 § 150-J.

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