Commissioner’s Update – November 7, 2013

From the Maine DOE

In August, the Department announced that we’d secured federal flexibility for Maine schools in the form of a two-year waiver from some provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

At the heart of Maine’s approved plan is a system of differentiated recognition, accountability and support for Maine’s 380 Title I-served schools.

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Maine Accountability System Decision Tree diagramSee how Maine’s Title I schools are being categorized in our system of differentiated recognition, accountability and support. | More

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Literacy for ME reports on accomplishments

The Maine DOE’s Literacy for ME initiative recently hosted a Critical Friends meeting to share its accomplishments and offer guidance for ongoing implementation efforts. This meeting marked the first-year implementation anniversary of Literacy for ME, a statewide initiative intended to bolster literacy learning opportunities across the birth to adult span. | More

Nominate K-6 math and science teachers for national awards

Nominations are now open for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching 2013-14 competition, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. | More

Prepare for December’s Alcohol Awareness Day

Community groups and schools across the state will be conducting activities to raise awareness about alcohol use and abuse throughout Maine’s Alcohol Awareness Week, Dec. 2-6, which includes Alcohol Awareness Day on Monday, Dec. 2. | More

Governor LePage’s trade mission to Colombia promotes Maine schools

AUGUSTA – Representatives from two Maine high schools and one university met with Colombian parents and students as the State of Maine trade mission, led by Governor Paul R. LePage, continued in Bogota, Colombia. | More

Educators engage in evidence-based professional development

More than 200 Maine special educators and representatives of the Maine Departments of Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Health and Human Services recently participated in evidence-based professional development for the State Personnel Development Grant. | More

STEM distinguished educator fellowship program seeks applicants

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program seeks experienced and distinguished K-12 educators in fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to serve an 11-month fellowship appointment in a federal agency or U.S. Congressional office. | More

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