Category Archives: Dispatches

Collaboration continues to develop policies to support implementation of proficiency-based diplomas

Collaborations begun last year to develop sample policies that can be used by districts to support their local implementation of systems that support the awarding of proficiency-based diplomas are continuing across Maine. Continue reading

Resources from principals as instructional leaders workshops available, Aroostook County session to be held Dec. 17

The resources provided by the Maine DOE during its November regional workshops focused on principals as instructional leaders are now available on the Department’s website. Continue reading

Maine DOE offers clarification on scope of practice for Certificate 079: Special Education Consultant

In response to questions regarding the scope of practice for Certificate 079: Special Education Consultant, the Department is providing the following guidance:

The Code of Maine Regulations (05-071 CMR Chapter 115 Parts I and II) contains the requirements for certification, authorization and approval of educational personnel who serve in public and certain approved private schools. Continue reading

CTE educators benefit from professional development opportunities

Career and technical educators and administrators from around Maine recently gathered at the Lewiston Regional Technical Center to receive training on Career and Technical Education (CTE) standards, assessment and industry recognized credentials.

The Maine Administrators of Career and Technical Education facilitated and organized the conference for the 400 participants and the Maine DOE CTE staff led many of the professional development workshops offered.  Continue reading

Maine Semester of Youth Service registration open

Registration for Maine Semester of Youth Service is open now through Dec. 12.

The eight-week program begins on the Martin Luther King Day of Service and ends in late March and brings students together to plan and implement either a service-learning project or community youth service project. Continue reading

Consortium sets new assessment achievement levels

Members of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium including Maine have voted to approve initial achievement levels for the mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA) assessment that will soon be administered. Continue reading

Maine DOE hosts educator effectiveness workshop on Dec. 12

The Maine DOE is offering a free half-day workshop for new superintendents and building administrators who need general information on the educator effectiveness law, which requires all school administrative units to develop and implement performance evaluation and professional growth (PEPG) systems by the 2015 school year.

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SAUs encouraged to update data prior to Dec. 1 freeze

As a reminder, the Department will be freezing the school administrative unit data on Dec. 1 for 2015-16 State subsidy calculations. This includes data from MEDMS Financial, student data in Infinite Campus (State Edition) and FTE counts for staff.

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WIDA ACCESS for ELLs® English language proficiency testing window opens Dec. 1

The WIDA ACCESS for ELLs® will be a paper-pencil test this year and will be administered to all English learners in grades K-12 during a testing window from Dec. 1 to Jan. 30.

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Maine FFA students learn about leadership

More than 50 secondary student members of the Maine FFA (formerly known as Future Farmers of America) gathered at the Senator Inn in Augusta earlier this month to practice leadership skills related to communication and taking on responsibility.

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