Commissioner’s Update – October 10, 2013

From the Maine DOE

Earlier this week, Governor Paul R. LePage appointed me as Acting Education Commissioner. It is an honor to be called upon to serve the people of Maine in this new role, especially our students and educators. While the Department’s Commissioner has changed, our commitments have not.

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Portrait of Jim Rier, Acting Commissioner of the Maine DOEGovernor LePage named Jim Rier Acting Commissioner of the Maine DOE this week. | More

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Governor LePage appoints Acting Education Commissioner

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage has appointed Jim Rier as Acting Commissioner of the Maine Department of Education, effective immediately. Rier, a native of Machias who now lives in Topsham, has been at Maine DOE for a decade, first as Director of Finance and Operations and most recently as Deputy Commissioner since 2011. | More

Transfer decisions refocused on student best interest

AUGUSTA – Starting today, superintendents who reject a parent’s request to send their child to school in another district will have to explain why that transfer would not be in the best interest of the student. Under Maine law, a parent who believes it is in the best interest of their child to attend school in a different district than where the student lives can request the two superintendents agree to a transfer. | More

Free National History Day teacher institutes

The National History Day (NHD) Teacher Institutes for grade 6-12 educators who are preparing to participate in the NHD competition with their students will be held Thursday, Oct. 24 at the University of Maine and Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Maine Historical Society in Portland. | More

Governor LePage proclaims October Dyslexia Awareness Month

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage has issued a proclamation declaring October Dyslexia Awareness Month. | More

University of Maine partners with Thornton Academy to enhance STEM education

SACO – University of Maine College of Engineering’s Dean Dana Humphrey recently announced that the University had agreed to a first-in-the-state partnership with the Saco-based Thornton Academy. | More

Updated: Registration for 2013-14 Real World Design Challenge now open

An annual competition that provides high school students the opportunity to work on real-world engineering challenges in a team environment is now open for registration. | More

Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance receives grant for extracurricular STEM learning

The Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) has been awarded a five-year $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to increase access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) opportunities for rural youth during their out-of-school time. | More

National poetry contest open to Maine high schools

Maine high schools are invited to register for Poetry Out Loud, a nationwide program that encourages youth to learn about poetry through memorization and performance. Poetry Out Loud helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. | More

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