Maine DOE Updates – December 18, 2012

Maine DOE Updates - December 2012The events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., continue to be a challenging and painful presence for many of us, especially in education. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of the victims and the entire Newtown community.

Maine DOE has created a Sandy Hook web page with a number of resources for school districts, parents and families, including: information about emergency planning and preparedness, how to talk with children, a Q&A, and other materials. We will add to the page as we discover appropriate resources.

We cannot prevent every tragedy, but we can hopefully comfort Maine families with the knowledge that Maine schools have planned and are prepared.

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Request, resources, and info in the aftermath of Sandy Hook

Friday’s tragedy in Newtown, Conn., has shocked and saddened us beyond words. By Stephen Bowen | More

Teacher eval systems move forward

AUGUSTA – The move toward evaluation systems for teachers in all Maine schools takes a big step forward this month. The Maine Department of Education will hold a hearing later this month on rules setting the standards for such evaluation systems. | More

Competitive USM scholarship opportunity for STEM students

The University of Southern Maine Pioneers Program, a college learning community bringing together Maine’s best and brightest students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, is accepting applications for the 2013-14 academic year. | More

Portland Children’s Film Festival seeks films by young people

The Portland Children’s Film Festival is seeking entries to the Young Filmmakers Contest, which will take place in conjunction with the festival on April 4-7, 2013. | More

Prepare for NAEP’s 2014 technology and engineering literacy assessment

The NAEP technology and engineering literacy (TEL) assessment is currently under development. A pilot assessment will be administered in 2013 to a sample of students in grade 8. | More

Students invited to meet career women in STEM fields

Middle school girls are invited to connect with women in underrepresented career fields including science, technology, engineering and mathematics by participating in the Expanding Your Horizons conference. | More

Sandra Day O’Connor addresses Maine social studies teachers

About 150 social studies educators heard an exclusive video address from Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor regarding the importance of civics education during the Maine Council for the Social Studies civics-themed conference, “Strengthening the Common Corps: Teaching for Citizenship in the 21st Century.” | More

Model policy on concussion management released

The Maine Department of Education’s model policy on concussion management is now available on the student health website. | More

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