Commissioner’s Update – October 31, 2013

From the Maine DOE

Improving educator effectiveness is the single most important action we can take for our students. Study after study shows that students who are assigned to effective teachers make noticeably more academic progress than those who are not.

Knowing this, Maine DOE is committed to supporting our state’s school administrative units to ensure there is an effective educator in every single classroom. Earlier this month we named longtime English teacher Mary Paine as our first-ever Educator Effectiveness Coordinator.

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Commissioner applauds strong start of charter schools

AUGUSTA – The State’s Acting Education Commissioner is applauding the state’s first two public charters after their inaugural monitoring reports show the central Maine schools are engaging students and adapting quickly to meet emerging needs. | More

Prepare for Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards

In order to implement additional mandates by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently published the Smart Snacks in School standards for all foods sold in school outside the school meals programs. | More

Maine DOE unveils new gifted and talented site

As part of the Maine DOE’s ongoing commitment to helping our schools improve, we have launched a completely redesigned gifted and talented section of our website. | More

Nominate those who serve youth for national award

Organizations are invited to nominate individuals for the 2014 Lewis Hine Awards for Service to Children and Youth. | More

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