From Maine Education Commissioner Jim Rier
Congratulations on the start of the 2014-15 school year!
This week, Maine students are fortunate to be heading back to schools where they will be welcomed by educators who encourage their love of learning and are deeply dedicated to ensuring every one of them is successful.
On behalf of Governor LePage and all of us at the Department, I want to thank those teachers, administrators and other school staff for their care for and commitment to our students. Maine kids are increasingly being inspired in their classrooms and achievement in their studies is rising as a result, putting them on a path for future college and career success.
While young people may not always be quick to express their gratitude, educators deserve to know how much they are valued and appreciated, not just by their students and their families, but our state as a whole. Thank you!
Notices and Reporting
- Request for Special Education Contract Approval (EF-S-03), due Oct. 15
- NCLB Title IA Carryover Percentage Certification, due Oct. 15
- EF-M-240 Year End Report of Private Schools, due Oct. 15
- National Board Salary Supplement, due Oct. 15
- Gifted & Talented Annual Program Approval, due Dec. 5
News & Views
Creating standards-based Individualized Education Programs (IEP) was the first step; implementing those plans is next. | More
Thanks to a generous grant from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the Maine DOE is holding a one-day institute, “From Preschool to Kindergarten-Connecting the Language & Literacy Standards” at Thomas College on Friday, Oct. 3. | More
The Department is encouraging Maine educators to register for the Cross Discipline Literacy Network (CDLN) for the 2014-15 school year. | More
Maine’s population of English Learners (ELs) continues to increase. The Maine DOE offers the following EL guidance and resources to support districts in effectively serving these students. | More
The Department has posted documents clarifying the process for preparing or disputing charter school invoices to resident school administrative units (SAUs). | More
Schools that receive federal Title I funds, have poverty rates of at least 40 percent and have approved Title IA Schoolwide Plans are eligible to use their Title I funds – and funds from other sources – to develop “schoolwide programs.” | More
Effective writing requires not only knowledge of writing modes and mechanics, but also strong understanding of content. Last month, 175 educators assembled at Thomas College to learn about the Vermont Writing Collaborative’s method. | More
Maine has been selected as one of four states in the country for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Pilot Project. | More
Four observances and recognition days that provide important civic learning opportunities occur in September, one of them required by federal law. | More