From the Maine Department of Education
In case you missed the 104th Annual Commissioner’s Conference, here is a recap with valuable links.
Acting Commissioner of Education, Thomas Desjardin opened and closed the conference at Sunday River with timely updates on the ongoing FY16 budget discussions and voting at the State House at the time. He also acknowledged the ever changing educational climate and the hard work and successes of school leaders and Maine DOE’s support through its multi-faceted services.
The conference kicked off recognizing school leaders with 17 awards presented. Acting Commissioner Tom Desjardin, along with representatives of the Maine School Superintendents Association, recognized school leaders for their service, outstanding leadership and longevity. The 2015 Distinguished Service Award recipient was former Commissioner James Rier.
Then two days of presentations offered hands on training as well as collaborative learning. The full conference agenda and materials can be found here.
Notices and Reporting
- Reporting of the Use of Restraint and/or Seclusion on Students, due July 15
- Report of Adult Education for Subsidy Purposes (EF-M-39A), due July 15 (Reminder)
- School Facilities Inventory FY13-14, due July 31 (Reminder)
- Bus Safety & Training Report (EF-T-21), due July 31 (Reminder)
- Vehicle Inventory Form – Student Transportation (EF-T-24), due July 31 (Reminder)
News & Views
Legislative enactment of LD 1276 An Act to Improve Educational Assessments of Maine Students was approved by Governor LePage on June 16. | More
A new rule adoption, Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age 20, goes into effect on July 19. | More
The Maine DOE will accept applications for funding of school renovation projects through the School Revolving Renovation Fund. | More
The Maine DOE reminds district administrators that health care plans developed for students who require services during the year must be reviewed. | More
School transportation directors, supervisors, mechanics, bus drivers, and computer technicians from all over Maine will be traveling to Sugarloaf Mountain. | More
Strengthening the connection between Career and Technical Education (CTE) and secondary academics was on the agenda recently. | More
With the 2015-16 school year upon us, we realize that occasionally staff moves positions from one school administrative unit (SAU) to another. | More
Student officers of the Maine FFA Association recently attended the National Leadership Conference for State Officers (NLCSO). | More
Eight school nurses from Maine were among the more than 1,300 school nurses from around the country that met in Philadelphia last month. | More
The New England Institute for Teacher Education is offering a number of professional development opportunities for Maine educators this summer. | More
Two Maine teachers are recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. | More
Assistant Superintendent of RSU 3, Deb McIntyre, has been named Maine’s 2015 Curriculum Leader of the Year. | More
Tyler Technologies, Inc. has launched a first application development challenge solely for high school students in the state. | More
LATEST DOE Career/Project Opportunities
- Education Specialist II – Data Manager – Special Education
- Education Specialist III – Educator Effectiveness Coordinator – Limited Period
- Transportation for Albany, Greenfield & Madawaska Elementary & Secondary Students
- Administrative Support Services for 21ST CCLC Program
- Payroll Services for 21ST CCLC Program