Commissioner’s Update – October 3, 2013

From the Maine DOE

Earlier today, the Maine DOE unveiled its newly redesigned homepage. We liked our old homepage, but we are constantly looking to improve the experience people have when they interact with our Department and for so many, our website makes that important first impression.

Throughout the redesign process, we had one thing in mind: you.

The new homepage features a navigational structure organized not by sometimes ambiguous content areas but instead around the different audiences who visit our site, starting with “Students” first and as our strategic plan does, building out from there to “Teachers,” “Administrators” and “Communities.”

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Screenshot of redesigned Maine DOE homepage.This week the Maine DOE launched a new homepage to better serve its users. | More

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Online homework help offered to grade 5-12 students

The Maine DOE is partnering with the Study Buddy Online Homework Help program to provide free online math and science homework assistance to Maine students. | More

Governor LePage and First Lady LePage welcome Mainers, donations at Third Annual Blaine House Food Drive

AUGUSTA – Maine’s First Family is inviting Mainers to visit the Blaine House once again this year in an effort to help fellow citizens who are less fortunate. In October, Governor Paul R. LePage and First Lady Ann M. LePage will open their doors for the annual Blaine House Food Drive. | More

Maine’s 2013-14 ACCESS for ELLs® testing cycle available

As part of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, all Maine schools annually assess the English language proficiency (ELP) of their English learners in kindergarten through grade 12 using Assessing Comprehension and Communications in English State to State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs®). | More | ACCESS for ELLs® to provide media-based listening test

Mentoring workshop for educators of gifted and talented

New and experienced gifted and talented educators will have a chance to learn new skills and practices at upcoming mentoring workshops in Bangor and Augusta sponsored by the Maine DOE. | More

Arts standards up for public review

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards is conducting a public review of substantive portions of draft high school national core arts standards for dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts, now through Monday, Oct. 21. | More

Web-based course prepares educators for mass-casualty incident

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers a three-hour, web-based training that provides leading practices and resources to assist elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education and houses of worship in developing emergency plans. | More

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