Commissioner’s Update – October 1, 2015

From the Maine Department of Education

Coastal Ridge Elementary School in York and Minot Consolidated School in RSU 16 were among 335 public and private schools across the country named 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students demonstrate high achievement learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.

Each year, the Maine Department of Education is invited to nominate schools for this recognition. Acting Commissioner of Education Tom Desjardin says, “These nominees need to meet specific national criteria, and the process is quite detailed, so congratulations to Coastal Ridge Elementary and Minot Consolidated in being recognized as exemplary high performing schools; this is a huge honor.”

Continue reading

Notices and Reporting

More Notices | Administrative Letters | Reporting Calendar

News & Views

Maine DOE no longer provides support for College Board assessments

For the 2015-16 school year, Maine DOE is not providing support for assessments beyond what is state-required, which is still being determined through the RFP process. | More

Changes regarding the upcoming Special Education Child Count

School administrative units are advised to verify the “Special Education Students for Federal Count” report in Infinite Campus and ensure that all student records in ICSE are updated by Oct. 15. | More

Be safe in sharing the road with school buses

In Maine, about 80 percent of students ride the school bus, and this ridership is high compared to 50 percent national student ridership. | More

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certified Teacher Salary Supplement – due Oct. 15

Superintendents are being reminded that Maine educators, who attained National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (or its successor organization) certification prior to July 1, may be eligible for a salary supplement for the 2015-16 school year. | More

Maine DOE implements fiscal risk assessment for SAUs receiving IDEA funds

Beginning with the FY 16 grant year, and due to the recent adoption of Uniform Guidance for federal grants (UG), Maine DOE Special Services has implemented a fiscal risk assessment tool. | More

Department releases 2016 leased space approvals

The Department has completed its review of FY 2016 leased space applications and posted the results online here. | More

Maine DOE seeks social studies teachers to become regional leaders

Maine DOE is inviting current social studies teachers of all grades and geographic regions of the state to be part of the inaugural Social Studies Community Teacher-Leader Group. | More

Educators invited to attend Social Studies DBQ Workshop series

Maine DOE is inviting teachers of grades 6-12 to participate in a two-part social studies workshop series scheduled for Nov. 5 and March 15 in Waterville. | More

Registration open for ATMNE regional math conference

Maine DOE and the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine will welcome math educators from across New England this month for the regional Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England conference. | More

Spirit of Community Awards open for grades 5-12

Maine students in grades 5-12 who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service in the past year are invited to apply for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award. | More

More Dispatches | Press Releases | From the Commissioner

LATEST DOE Career/Project Opportunities

Leave a Reply