The Maine Department of Education (DOE) has received a grant from the US Department of Education to support public preschool teachers, special educators, principals and special education directors in providing high quality classroom environments and inclusion practices for 4-year-olds.
The program is being offered through Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network (MRTQ PDN), a University of Maine System partnership between University of Southern Maine (USM) and University of Maine (UMaine), that includes the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) which has expertise in providing training and technical assistance around inclusionary practices.
MRTQ PDN will contract with Maine DOE and partner with Child Development Services to provide online training and technical assistance to 3 classrooms of 6 participants each. Teams must include the preschool teacher, ed tech, principal, special education director, elementary special education teacher, and a CDS consultant or teacher. The purpose of team participation is to ensure consistent understanding and application of the course content so that high quality inclusive practices will be supported and sustained. All team members will receive certificates of contact hours which support certification renewal and/or local professional development requirements.
This project will serve as a pilot to help Maine DOE gather information on what schools need to best support all preschool age children, including those with special needs and disabilities.
Upon completion of training and technical assistance, each public preschool classroom teacher who has participated will receive $1500 in mini-grants for materials and supplies to support high quality preschool inclusionary environments.
The following checklist is designed to assist districts with publicly funded students in completing required end of year reports. The dates listed after each report are when the report is open for entry and due for certification, if required.
Synergy: The following items are available in the Synergy Student Information System. Please visit the Synergy Instructions Helpdesk Page for Synergy codes to be used for the items below.
Update Attendance – All students with an enrollment must have attendance entered.
Update Truancy – All students who have met the threshold for truancy must have a truancy incident entered.
Special Education – exit any students who have left special education: Special Education will not need to be ended unless the student is exiting the special education program. Special Education services will need to be uploaded each year.
Update Behavior – Note: all enrollments exited with an expulsion must have an expulsion incident in the Behavior module.
Update/End ALL Enrollments (done last):
DOE will NOT be automatically ending enrollments
Concurrent enrollment MUST be ended before the primary enrollment can be ended
All students will need to be exited on their actual last day of school. This may be verified using “Attending Student Report”
June 30 should not be automatically populated for the last day of school.
Future exit dates that are more than 7 days out are not permitted in the system.
Ending a student’s enrollment will end Economic Status and Truancy – to avoid this, update Truancy records prior to ending enrollments
Ending enrollments will prevent you from manually updating Attendance Data. Once an enrollment has been ended, attendance data can only be modified by uploading the data.
New enrollments will need to be uploaded/entered as well as special education information each school year.
Annual End of Year Reports and Certifications:
The following items are Annual Reports for the 2018/2019 school year. Instructions for these reports can be found here:
School principals, this is all about YOU! Join us for a great professional development opportunity that allows you to focus on goals that matter to you. Therefore, please come with two goals for your school and two goals for your personal professional development!
Hosted by: Maine Department of Education
Special Presenter: Gordon Donaldson, Fran Farr, Stephen MacDougall
Cost: DOE will cover the costs for the conference registration, hotel lodging, daily breakfast and lunch (dinners will be on your own), and required texts. Contact hours for the conference and for TLN sessions throughout the year may be used for recertification
Dates: June 23, 2019 to June 26, 2019. No activities planned for Sunday, and dismissed by 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
Location: Senator Inn
The Maine Department of Education invites you, as the leader of a Maine school, to take advantage of a great opportunity to join the Transformational Leaders’ Network (TLN) for a yearlong experience. The Network brings principals together to support school improvement and, most importantly, to promote leadership growth. The TLN is part of DOE’s commitment to support schools trying to improve.
DOE will cover the costs for the conference registration, hotel lodging, daily breakfast and lunch (dinners will be on your own), and required texts. Contact hours for the conference and for TLN sessions throughout the year may be used for recertification.
Principals will bring their own school improvement goals to the conference and, in a variety of formats, draw up plans for their leadership work in the coming school year.
What are the objectives of the TLN?
Establish a supportive learning network
Develop knowledge of the resources available to you and your staff to assist in successfully transforming teaching and learning
Reduce the isolation that you may often feel by connecting you with other leaders engaged in improving their schools
Provide a forum for celebrating successes and addressing challenges with your colleagues
The Maine Department of Education Data Team is holding their annual summer training during the first two weeks of August. The focus of the training this year will be on tips and resources to assist districts with their data reporting, and viewing/certifying their reports. The sessions will be focused on sharing resources to assist districts with the data tasks required.
Training Dates and Locations
August 6, Caribou High School, 308 Sweden St Caribou, ME 04736
August 7, Brewer High School, 79 Parkway south Brewer, ME 04412
August 8, Ellsworth Elementary/Middle School, 20 Forrest Avenue Ellsworth, ME 04605
August 12, Cony High School, 60 Pierce Drive Augusta, ME 04330
August 13, Mt. Blue High School, 129 Seamon Rd Farmington, ME 04938
August 14, Mt. Ararat Middle School, 66 Republic Avenue Topsham, ME 04086
August 15, Buxton Center Elementary School, 912 Long Plains Road Buxton, ME 04093
All sessions will begin with registration at 8:30, with presentations beginning at 9. We will serve a light lunch and will finish no later than 4:00. Coffee and water will also be provided throughout the day.
Topics for each session:
How student and staff data is used for EPS and Accountability
What’s new for 2019-2020
Accurate, Complete and Timely Data Submissions
Our Website and Where to find helpful resources
Data Collection and Reporting Calendar
Maine Schools and School Approval changes
NEO Staff – Entering Staff information
MEIS – Maine Educator Information System
Synergy – Manual and Uploads
Graduation (NEO) requirements and reporting
Student Reports (NEO) – where to find them and how to utilize them
Behavior, Truancy and Attendance (NEO) – importance of these reports and important resources
If you have any questions, comments. or concerns regardin these training sessions, please contact Ryan Cunningham Maine DOE Data Systems Helpdesk Manager at (207) 624-6809 or Ryan.L.Cunningham@maine.gov.
Teachers of science, do you find yourself asking these questions?
Now that the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have been adopted as Maine’s revised Science and Engineering Standards, how do I align my lessons?
What are the shifts discussed in the Framework and NGSS?
What is three-dimensional (3D) learning and what are some of the tools available to help me teach 3D?
How can I maximize student learning in my classes?
These questions and more will be part of the PK-12 summer science lesson study. This professional learning opportunity comes in two phases:
A book study on Visible Learning in Science via Zoom
Two days of face-to-face training in Augusta with Peter McLaren, national expert and member of the NGSS writing team, and Shari Templeton, DOE Science Specialist, on August 6th & 7th. Participants will utilize A Vision and Plan for Science Teaching and Learning as they learn how to re-purpose and plan lessons that align to the new standards.
This training is limited to 25 participants, in order to maximize individual interaction. Priority will be given to ensure geographic diversity from the various regions of the state. The cost for the professional learning is $75, which includes resources and meals. Upon completion of both phases, teachers will receive a $300 stipend, reimbursement for mileage, and overnight lodging.