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Commissioner’s Update – February 4, 2016

From the Maine Department of Education

Maine’s First Lady launched the Read to ME Challenge this week reflecting on how she and her kids would pack their bags to go to the local library for the afternoon. “It was a routine we all looked forward to. With demands of daily life, it was sometimes difficult to find time to sit and read, but we always made it a priority.”

In speaking with military families at the Blaine House, Mrs LePage said, “As a mother, I always believed in the importance of early childhood literacy as it pertained to my children’s success in life.”

Acting Education Commissioner Bill Beardsley got a chuckle from the children when he said, “I remember my dad falling asleep reading to me in the evening.” He went on, “I grew to love reading, I love reading to my kids and grandkids, reading is a wonderful gift.”

In following the spirit of the Read to ME Challenge, The First Lady issued the challenge to the Barbara Bush Foundation and Maine’s Adjutant General, Colonel Douglas Farnum. Additionally, Governor Paul LePage extended challenges, via a letter, to Acting Education Commissioner Beardsley, Maine Public Broadcasting Network and the Maine State Library.

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Registration open for postsecondary transition conference

Special education administrators, special education high school teachers, transition coordinators and specialists, vocational rehabilitation case managers, and parents of children/students with disabilities are invited to attend a daylong conference on postsecondary transition planning. | More

Celebrate school counselors Feb. 1–5

The first week of February is National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). | More

Student sought to serve on State Board of Education

The Maine State Board of Education is seeking a student from the second congressional district in Maine to serve as a participating, non-voting member. | More

Transitions suicide prevention training Feb. 25

Maine DOE in collaboration with Suicide Prevention Training contractor NAMI Maine, will be offering the Transitions Lessons Teacher Training on February 25. | More

National School Choice Week brings charter school students to Augusta

Maine Charter Schools Day was recognized last month in the State House Hall of Flags. | More

Secretary of State Congressional Medal of Honor Project

Teachers, administrators and community leaders are encouraged to get involved in the Maine Secretary of State Congressional Medal of Honor (MOH) Project. | More

Maine DOE supports Family Violence Project through volunteer effort

The Family Violence Project is the recipient this year of the Maine DOE’s seasonal fundraiser. | More

Preliminary FY 2017 State subsidy printouts available

The following Priority Notice was sent to all Maine school districts on Friday, Jan. 29. | More

A grateful teacher tells her story

2015 Knox County Teacher of the Year was once a homeless child and she tells her story while expressing her gratitude. | More (links to Bangor Daily News)

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Commissioner’s Update – January 28, 2016

From the Maine Department of Education

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.

Maine is fortunate to have a rich base of veteran educators represented in the current talent pool. They have been and continue to be a valuable resource in our state efforts. What is particularly lacking at this time is representation from educators relatively new to the profession who demonstrate unusual instructional and leadership ability. Such persons exhibit strong potential for professional leadership and inspiring presence that impacts students, colleagues and community.

As a result, the Department is currently seeking elementary educators (grades K-5) relatively new to the profession (five to 18 years of experience) who demonstrate a one-of-a-kind instructional ability; inspire their students, colleagues and community members; and have strong leadership potential. Candidates are building-level personnel and typically classroom teachers who are recognized by peers and supervisors as unique in their leadership and results with students. Occasionally a principal or specialist is considered. Of special interest are educators who are outstanding but have not received other recognition.

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Recertification needed in NEO Graduation Module *ALL public school districts and 60% publicly funded*

ALL superintendents of public school districts and school administrators from 60% publicly funded private schools must recertify data in NEO. | More

RFP issued for 21st Century Community Learning Centers program

The Maine Department of Education has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking bids from interested parties to execute comprehensive 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs. | More

PEPG Submittal Form available online Feb. 1

The Maine DOE is pleased to offer the 2016 PEPG Submittal Form to all school administrative districts. | More

Community Schools Pilots during the 2016-17 school year

Maine Legislative action proposed that the Maine DOE be authorized to designate three community schools. Applications are available. | More

Principals can expect School Health Profile (SHP) surveys soon

Every two years, the Maine DOE in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conducts the School Health Profile (SHP) survey. | More

School Revolving Renovation Fund awards

Maine DOE has awarded $7.4 million in School Revolving Renovation Fund (SRRF) loans to 13 school districts. | More

February will be full of challenges to Read to ME

Tuesday, Feb. 2, Governor Paul LePage and Mrs. LePage will kickoff the Maine Department of Education’s Read to ME Challenge. | More

2016 MEA Mathematics and ELA/Literacy (3-8): Technology Requirements

Maine educators can feel confident that the 2016 assessment of mathematics and ELA/literacy will be compatible with the overwhelming majority of computers and tablets currently in our schools. | More

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Commissioner’s Update – January 21, 2016

From the Maine Department of Education

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires all states to provide an annual report card to inform stakeholders about the progress of students and schools on indicators of student achievement, attendance and graduation rates, status of ESEA accountability and information on “highly qualified” teachers – information that is related to student success.

This report card also displays statewide academic achievement results in grades four and eight on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading and mathematics assessments, as well as the participation rates for students with disabilities and limited English proficiency on the NAEP exam.

As part of Maine’s current approved ESEA Flexibility waiver, Maine continues to provide this annual report card to its stakeholders. The 2015-16 NCLB report serves as a baseline and is for informational purposes only. It will have no impact on school accountability status. Title I Accountability status for 2015-16 will remain the same as determined based on the 2013-14 school year data. A new accountability system will be established for school year 2016-17.

NCLB report cards are available here in the Maine DOE Data Warehouse.

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Dream with us following the Move the Needle Summit

Looking back at last week’s technology and learning summit at Thomas College. | More

‘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.” | More

Student Learning Objective (SLO) training for districts

Maine DOE is proud to offer Student Learning Objective (SLO) training to help support the development of Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth (PEPG) systems. | More

Maine Agricultural Teachers of the Year announced

Maine Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) announced the 2016 Teachers of the Year at the 75th Annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show this month. | More

More information regarding exit from current school identifications

Under Maine’s approved ESEA flexibility waiver the Maine DOE has committed to the U.S. Department of Education to submit new lists of priority and focus schools. | More

Parental Consent for Evaluation, Part II

A recent dispatch from Maine DOE’s Office of Special Services on parental consent for evaluation informs school administrative units of the rules when a parent does not consent to an initial evaluation of a student. | More

Reporting for Special Education EF-S-05 Part II now open

This is the last year that reporting for the EF-S-05 Part II will be completed in MEDMS. | More

Read to ME Challenge fast approaching

The days are clicking away fast as Maine gears up for the statewide Read to ME Challenge kicking off Tuesday, Feb. 2. | More

Humanities opportunity for Maine students

The Maine DOE is pleased to share an opportunity for students to participate in the Maine Humanities Council’s Student Humanities Ambassador Program. | More

Constitution essay contest for all grades

The Secretary of State’s Office is excited to continue the popular student program, the Maine Constitution Essay and Poster Contest. | More

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. | More

School bus driver recognized

Donald Sanders, school bus driver from MSAD 75 likes to share the value and joy of reading on his daily route. | More

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Commissioner’s Update – January 14, 2016

From the Maine Department of Education

Suzan Beaudoin (Cameron) has been appointed Acting Deputy Commissioner of Education at the Maine Department of Education effective Jan. 11, 2016. She previously served as the Department’s director of finance and operations.

As Acting Deputy Commissioner, Beaudoin will continue her broad administrative oversight of $900 million of State and general purpose aid to education. She will continue to provide financial and information systems coordination for an array of operation activities ranging from school construction, transportation and nutrition, to teacher certification and statistical data collection and analysis.

“Suzan will also be broadening her coordination and policy activities to other department divisions and will be expanding and improving the department’s working relationship with other public financing authorities, school districts and the Legislature. She is also a well-respected, trusted colleague of 30 years,” said Acting Commissioner Bill Beardsley in making the appointment.

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Nominations sought for 2017 Maine Teacher of the Year

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Maine Teacher of the Year. Members of the public are encouraged to nominate educators. | More

Student data needed for alternate math and ELA/literacy assessment

Districts with students requiring an alternate assessment, those with the most significant cognitive disabilities, need to follow these instructions. | More

Upcoming workshops for 2016 math & ELA/literacy assessment

Maine DOE is informing districts of upcoming training workshops to prepare for the 2016 Maine Educational Assessment for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy. | More

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. | More

Get ready to be challenged

Maine DOE is gearing up for the Read to ME Challenge to promote reading to and/or with children for at least 15 minutes a day. | More

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. | More

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. | More

Meeting at the Crossroads: Identifying pathways to proficiency

Teachers from culinary arts, health occupations, and early childhood education programs worked with math and English language arts (ELA) teachers to find points of intersections. | More

Educators invited to annual winter wellness workshop

Educators are invited to the fourth annual winter wellness workshop “Building Partnerships for Wellness Success,” on Feb. 5 in Waterville. | More

Call for nominations: Maine’s History Teacher of the Year

The Maine DOE encourages teachers, administrators, students, and parents to nominate teachers for Maine’s History Teacher of the Year award. | More

Maine students selected for United States Senate Youth Program

Maine DOE is pleased to announce the selection of students for the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). | More

Four 2015 Native American essay contest winners announced

The annual Maine Native American History and Culture Essay Contest saw four top essayists being recognized for learning about the rich history of the Wabanaki peoples of Maine. | More

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Commissioner’s Update – January 7, 2016

From the Maine Department of Education

The Maine DOE is collaborating with the Maine Arts Commission to establish a statewide inventory of all arts education programs and resources in the state’s 754 prekindergarten through 12th grade schools. Data collection has just begun and will continue through May 2016.

The survey is to be completed by each principal. If you are a principal and have not completed the survey, you can do so here. Students in Wisdom High School’s Student Leaders in the Arts Movement (SLAM!) have created a short video to encourage school leaders to complete the survey. You can watch the video here.

The objectives and outcomes of the Statewide Arts Education Census include:

  • Identifying the changes in Maine’s visual and performing arts education programs and resources since the 2009 census.
  • Discovering where students have access to arts education and where it is unavailable.
  • Development of a comprehensive report to inform stakeholders and policy makers at both the local and state levels.
  • Broad sharing of the census findings so that it can be used to frame conversations, evaluate where programs or program enhancements are needed, and guide decisions related to professional development.

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2016 MEA math and ELA/literacy resources

Three months remain to prepare for the 2016 Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy. | More

MLTI team supports districts’ technology planning through BrightBytes

This year, the Learning Through Technology Team will be purchasing the BrightBytes Clarity Platform for grades 7-12 in Maine public schools. | More

Parental consent for evaluation guidance

The Maine DOE is offering important guidance regarding parental consent for evaluation. | More

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 online testing window opens

Maine’s testing window for the computer-based English language proficiency assessment ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is now open. | More

Maine DOE supports financial education

Educators are encouraged to mark May 6 on the calendar for the 7th Annual Fostering Financial Education in Maine Schools Conference. | More

Maine DOE collaborates to host proficiency-based education webinar series

Last month the Maine DOE and the New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC) held the first of two webinars featuring Maine League of Innovative Schools members. | More

Students and educators benefit from Maine DOE Innovation Lab Network membership

A new online resource that provides performance assessments and the resources to support the teaching and learning is now available. | More

Annual review of IEP transition plan

For a student who is in 9th grade or higher or 16 years of age or older, at least once during each school year, the IEP team must review the transition plan portion of the student’s IEP. | More

USDOE seeking input regarding Elementary and Secondary Education Act-Title I

The United States Department of Education (USDOE) is asking for suggestions regarding the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, (ESEA) Title I. | More

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Commissioner’s Update – December 31, 2015

From the Maine Department of Education

Governor Paul R. LePage has nominated Dr. William Beardsley to be Commissioner of the Maine Department of Education. Beardsley has been with Maine DOE since October as acting commissioner.

Now the State Board of Education will have the opportunity to meet with Beardsley, who was a board member prior to being named acting commissioner. The board will then forward an evaluation to the Governor. Following that, the nomination is then subject to review by the Legislature’s Joint Education Committee and final confirmation by the Maine Senate.

Beardsley served as president and CEO of Husson University for 22 years and also served on and chaired numerous boards including Maine Higher Education Council, Maine Independent College Association, and the Finance Authority of Maine. He has previously served as commissioner for the Maine Department of Conservation.

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USDOE seeking input regarding Elementary and Secondary Education Act-Title I

The United States Department of Education (USDOE) is asking for suggestions regarding the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, (ESEA) Title I. | More

Acting Commissioner Beardsley visits public preschool classroom

Last month, Acting Commissioner Bill Beardsley visited Brittany Kamenos’ four-year old classroom at the Chelsea Elementary School. | More

Maine DOE employees honored

Earlier this month Maine Department of Education’s Roberta Lucas and Pam Partridge were invited to the Blaine House to be formally honored. | More

Commissioner visits Houlton Elementary School

Acting Commissioner of Education Bill Beardsley was a guest at Houlton Elementary School this past month learning more about the successful K-to-3 literacy program. | More

Franklin County Teacher of the Year’s hope for a student living in poverty

Brenda LaVerdiere, Franklin County Teacher of the Year, writes story of hope for student living in poverty. | More

Certification of superintendent election or reelection

Maine DOE is reminding administrators and school board members of an approaching deadline. | More

Notice of proposed rule changes to Chapter 126 / 261 Immunization Requirements for School Children

The Maine Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention are proposing refinements to joint rule Chapters 126/261.| More

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Commissioner’s Update – December 17, 2015

From the Maine Department of Education

The Maine DOE introduces the first of three collections of articles for the 2015-16 school year in the “Content Corner,” resources designed to support teaching and learning in Maine classrooms and make connections to classroom applications and research.

This inaugural collection of articles focuses on instructional strategies to support educator understanding of effective practices in the content areas. The first installment includes:

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Critical staff data correction for FY 17 EPS subsidy calculation

In reviewing the Staff Data download from Dec. 1, 2015 to be used in the FY 17 Essential Programs and Services (EPS) Funding calculations, the Department found a large number of possible errors. | More

Mathematics & ELA/literacy assessment information for 2015-16

The Department’s Maine Comprehensive Assessment System (MeCAS) website pages are updated to include information on the spring 2016  English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics assessment. | More

2015 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey results available

Maine students reported fewer of them are engaged in sexual relations, one third of high school students report they have used vapor cigarettes, and 30-day alcohol use has decreased among high schoolers. These results and more can be found in the 2015 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS). | More

Save the date: 2016 Commissioner’s Conference for Superintendents

The 105th Commissioner’s Conference for Superintendents will be held Sunday, June 26 through Tuesday, June 28. | More

A mathematics three-part series professional development update

This year, Maine DOE is bringing together approximately 200 teachers of mathematics to learn about and implement practices that support student engagement and learning. | More

CTE safety program grant

The Maine Career and Technical Education team is pleased to be able to offer secondary CTE schools an opportunity to update and renew their safety checklists and policies. | More

FFA opportunities brought to Foster Technology Center

Members of the Maine FFA Association had a chance to share more about their organization with students in the forestry program at the Foster Technology Center in Farmington. | More

Changes in oversight of educational program for State wards in out-of-state programs

Maine DOE will be assuming responsibility for overseeing the educational programming of children receiving special services who are in the legal custody of the State and placed in an out-of-state program. | More

Notice of new rule: Chapter 41

The following rule, Chapter 41: Offering Instruction Related to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and the Use of an Automated Defibrillator in Maine Public Schools, requires public schools to offer training. | More

Maine recognizes significance of education act

President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act saying this is a rare bipartisan agreement, which replaces the more rigid top-down statutory and regulatory structure of the old “No Child Left Behind Act.” | More

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Commissioner’s Update – December 10, 2015

From the Maine Department of Education

Saco Teacher Surprised with Milken Educator Award and $25,000 in cash

SACO — Michaela Lamarre, an eighth-grade science teacher, was caught off-guard when, in front of an enthusiastic school-wide assembly at Saco Middle School, she was surprised with a Milken Educator Award and a $25,000 check this morning.

Lamarre is the only teacher in Maine this season to win the award, and among up to only 40 educators nationally who will receive the prestigious honor during the Milken Family Foundation’s coast-to-coast tour. The foundation has been rewarding outstanding elementary and secondary educators with the award since 1987.

In a school gym filled with cheering students, respected colleagues, distinguished officials, and the media, Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards, and Acting Education Commissioner Dr. William Beardsley presented Michaela Lamarre with the distinctive navy blue envelope during the event.

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Maine signs assessment contract with valued, proven partner

The Maine Department of Education signed a contract with Measured Progress for the development of the 2016 State summative assessment in mathematics and English language arts/literacy. | More

Students honored by Maine’s First Lady

The Hall of Flags was filled with music and excited students who were recognized at a celebration of Excellence in Maine Visual and Performing Arts Education. | More

2015 Craft Championships showcases students at work

Career and Technical Education students demonstrated their skills at the 16th Annual Craft Championships at the Augusta Civic Center. | More

Title I Comparability Report FY16

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)/No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), requires that school administrative units (SAUs) with multiple attendance areas maintain comparability. | More

New FAQs regarding special education services

The Maine DOE has developed a set of frequently asked questions about revocation of consent for continued special education services. | More

Timeline for review of out-of-unit placement

When a child with a disability is placed by his or her IEP Team in an out-of-unit placement, MUSER Section IX.3.H requires the IEP Team to reconvene 30 days subsequent to the date the child begins to attend school. | More

Science professional development opportunity

The Maine DOE is offering science professional development for teachers of grades 6 -12 throughout the spring of the 2015-16 academic year. | More

Learning Through Technology team on the road

Members of Maine’s Learning Through Technology Team have been traveling across the state in recent weeks. | More

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Commissioner’s Update – December 3, 2015

From the Maine Department of Education

The Department is offering clarification regarding the use of the State assessment as a student growth measure as described in Maine DOE Regulation Chapter 180, section 7 part 6. This rule requires the use of the State assessment for mathematics and English language arts/literacy teachers in grades 4-8 as one measure of student learning and growth in teacher summative effectiveness rating.

Although the law does not require the use of the State assessment for teachers outside of these content areas and grade levels described above, local school administrative units (SAUs) may choose to apply the State assessment to teachers as a collective measure in their Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth (PEPG) plans.

The law requires that districts develop a process by which they determine the use of collective measures, such as a State assessment. In the development of any process related to collective measures, the Maine DOE recommends that districts make a comprehensive effort to communicate with the majority of stakeholders to gain consensus.

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Arts students honored

The Maine Department of Education and the Maine Arts Commission are holding a celebration of Excellence in Maine Visual and Performing Arts Education hosted by First Lady Ann M. LePage, December 4. | More

Clarification on certification approval and renewal

The following offers clarification on the status of approvals (criminal history records check) regarding Maine DOE’s certification process. | More

MEA Alternate Science (PAAP) Task Bank opens

The Personalized Alternate Assessment Portfolio (PAAP) task bank opened for teacher and student registration on Dec. 1. | More

Notice of annual audit requirements

Maine DOE is providing notice of a change to requirements as well as reminders about the annual audit requirements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, and subsequent years. | More

Maine DOE to release “Content Corner” resources

Maine DOE is pleased to announce the upcoming release of its inaugural collection of articles focused on instructional strategies. | More

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) update

Maine’s ESEA Flexibility renewal waiver approved on Aug. 12, 2015 highlights Maine DOE’s continued efforts to provide additional supports to schools and the most at-risk students. | More

Maine DOE continues to provide support and announces 2015-16 Schoolwide Annual Review list

Following the continued success and additional support through scheduled fall schoolwide information sessions, the Maine DOE continues to provide guidance to Title I schools. | More

Maine DOE partners with the UMF Office of Graduate Studies

Title I Schools identified as Focus within Maine, and demonstrating within school achievement gaps in mathematics performance, have the opportunity to utilize program improvement funds to support participation in the Maine Mathematics Coaching Project. | More

School construction projects continue to progress

School construction projects in the state are continuing to progress as the Maine DOE School Facilities team works with the 12 highest-rated school systems. | More

League of Innovative Schools enters fifth year

The Maine DOE in collaboration with the New England Secondary Schools Consortium (NESSC), convened six districts in the League of Innovative Schools (LIS). | More

Mid-Maine CTE promotes new student video production

Career and Technical Education media programs allow student to learn how to produce communication videos. | More

FFA students hold leadership workshop in Presque Isle

Student State Officers of the Maine FFA Association (formerly known as “Future Farmers of America”) conducted an all-day leadership workshop for over 100. | More

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Commissioner’s Update – November 19, 2015

From the Maine Department of Education

The following release was published Nov. 17 regarding Maine’s membership in the national initiative to broaden access to postsecondary learning.

Maine is now the 36th state to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), an initiative that will make distance-education courses more accessible to students across state lines and make it easier for institutions to participate in interstate distance education.

SARA is an agreement among its member states, districts and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance-education courses and programs. Maine’s Acting Education Commissioner, Bill Beardsley says, “SARA facilitates Maine’s interface with education opportunities across the country while bypassing the old case-by-case burdensome course approval system. Maine students benefit and state red tape is minimized with no loss of accountability. It is a state consortium approach we value.”

The Maine Department of Education will start accepting SARA applications from institutions of higher education beginning December 1, 2015.

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Maine Teacher of the Year Gala

2016 Teacher of the Year Talya Edlund and 2015 County Teachers of the Year were honored at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. | More

Federal guidance to help students with disabilities

The U.S. Education Department releases guidance aimed at ensuring that America’s 6 million children and youth with disabilities have the same opportunity for a quality education as their nondisabled peers. | More

Council studies implementation of proficiency-based grad requirements

The Maine Legislature tasked the Maine Proficiency Education Council to study and make recommendations regarding implementation of the proficiency-based graduation requirements to the Commissioner of Education and the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. | More

Rulemaking underway on new CPR/AED law

In June 2015, LD 556 was passed which amended Maine DOE statute Sec. 20-A MRSA § 6304, An Act To Require Public Schools To Offer Instruction Related to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and the Use of an Automated External Defibrillator. | More

Regional school calendars due by May 6

School administrative units and private schools approved for tuition purposes are expected to establish regional school calendars by May 6, 2016. | More

National school transportation conference focuses on safety and federal updates

School buses are an iconic symbol that represents access to education in the United States. Right now, as they are, school buses are by far the safest way for students to travel to and from school.| More

Child nutrition staff recognized

Recently, five members of Maine DOE’s School Finance and Operations Team were recognized for their work in summer meals for students. | More

Robots helping students

While more and more classrooms are exploring science concepts through robotics, and youth are participating in school robotics competitions or attending robotics camps during vacations, at least two Maine schools are actually helping students. | More

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