Commissioner’s Update – March 3, 2016

From the Maine Department of Education

The Maine Department of Education is pleased to release the second collections of 2015-2016 articles in the “Content Corner.” These resources are designed to support teaching and learning in Maine classrooms and make connections to classroom applications and research.

The articles prepared for 2015-16 focus on instructional strategies to support educator understanding of effective practices in the content areas. The second collection includes:

The first collection of articles was released in December 2015 and the third collection will be released in April.

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MEA for math and English language arts/literacy grades 3-8 portal opens

The eMPowerME Portal https://maine.measuredprogress.org/ is open. | More

ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0 testing window closes March 7

The ACCESS for ELLs® 2.0 testing window for both the computer-based and paper-based versions closes March 7. | More

AP4ALL registration is next week

Student registration begins March 7 for AP4ALL, which provides online Advanced Placement courses free of charge. | More

A snapshot of statewide implementation of proficiency-based education

Across the five Guiding Principles Maine school administrative units are making progress in providing students opportunity to demonstrate proficiency. | More

Net Off Invoice (NOI) products available to schools

The Maine Department of Education’s Child Nutrition program announces School Year (SY) 2017 Net Off Invoice (NOI) products available for processing. | More

State agency clients returning to their parental home, part II

This notice is to refine the information provided in the previous notice on State agency clients. | More

Read to ME Challenge engaged all ages and more

Teachers have challenged students, boys’ sports teams have challenged girls’ sports teams, town managers have challenged police chiefs, grandmothers have challenged grandchildren, librarians have challenged Rotarians, and the list goes on. | More

Student learning objectives regional trainings proved to be valuable to SAUs

Last month, the Maine Department of Education held regional trainings for over 350 educators from school administrative units (SAUs) around the state. | More

National Principals Leadership Institute, SICA Awards deadline

To celebrate the accomplishments of schools across the United States and Canada, the National Principals Leadership Institute this year has launched the School Innovation and Change Awards (SICA). | More

Four high school finalists chosen to compete in LifeSmarts State Championship

Teams of students from high schools in Bangor, Portland, Topsham, and Baileyville will vie to represent Maine in the National LifeSmarts Competition to be held next month. | More

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