Maine DOE Update – June 23, 2016

From the Maine Department of Education

2017 Teacher of the Year semifinalists announced

The Maine Department of Education in partnership with Educate Maine, is pleased to announce eight teachers as semifinalists for Maine’s 2017 Teacher of the Year. They were chosen from the 2016 County Teachers of the Year, who were honored in May at a celebration held in Augusta.

The eight semifinalists will continue in the intensive selection process which consists of a professional portfolio review and an oral presentation, before narrowing the pool to three state finalists. The finalists will then sit for a final interview and have a school-site visit before the 2017 Maine Teacher of the Year is selected.

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Maine DOE seeks districts to apply for TIF grant to support teachers and leaders in high-need schools – application due June 27

Reminder to districts: complete initial application packets must be received by 5 p.m., June 27, 2016. | More

Maine DOE announces 2016-17 testing dates

To better assist the field with planning for the 2016-17 school year, the Maine Department of Education has released testing dates for the Maine Comprehensive Assessment System (MeCAS). | More

Final 2016 regional school bus driver conference promotes, teaches safety

The Maine Department of Education, in collaboration with the Maine State Police and the Maine Association for Pupil Transport (MAPT), is hosting the final Regional Safety Conference. | More

Maine Curriculum Leader of the Year announced

The Maine Curriculum Leaders’ Association recently selected  Assistant Superintendent of Westbrook School Department Dr. Peter Lancia. | More

Upcoming facilities conference for school staff

The Maine Department of Education is encouraging superintendents, facilities directors, business managers, maintenance teams and custodial staff to attend the forty-eighth Annual School Facilities Conference. | More

Cross Discipline Literacy Network adds webinars to collection

The Cross Discipline Literacy Network (CDLN) has added eight webinars to its collection with the completion of the 2015-16 season, bringing the total to 71. | More

Maine College Transitions program for adult learners

The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) has teamed up with the Maine Department of Education to help spread the word about the Maine College Transitions program. | More

Summer poster contest promotes school attendance

Students ages 6-17 are invited to participate in Count ME In’s Second Annual Poster Contest. | More

Maine hosts northern New England FFA “Blast Off” training

Student leaders of the FFA (formerly known as Future Farmers of America)  from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont gathered in South Portland earlier this month. | More

Students recognized for citizenship and Maine history

Students from all over the state were recognized earlier this month for participating in the Maine Secretary of State’s Eighth Grade Citizenship Award and the Maine Constitution Essay and Poster Contest. | More

Retired sheriff finds new niche as school bus driver

When people retire from a law enforcement career, they sometimes continue the serve and protect aspect of their job in other ways. For former sheriff Guy Desjardins, that next job started out as intimidating, but quickly turned into a new passion connecting with students and school buses. | More

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