To help with new Parent and Family Engagement requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and to meet the civil rights obligations of schools in working with English Learnersâ€™ (EL) families across the state of Maine, the Maine Department of Education (DOE) is partnering with TransACTÂ® Parent Notices to provide unlimited remote access to parent friendly notifications that meet legal requirements, guidance on required audiences, a compliance tracking system, and recommended timelines.
TransACT Parent Notices is an online subscription service that has provided State Departments of Education and local education agencies with federally compliant parent notifications in multiple languages for over 20 years. Â Providing this service across the state reduces the amount of time and money that individual schools or districts need to spend creating, reviewing and translating the same federally required documents repeatedly. Â â€śBy partnering with TransACT to provide cost-effective compliance resources, the Maine Department of Education is helping educators save time and money on effective communications with families and services for studentsâ€ť, says Director of ESEA Federal Programs, Janette Kirk.
All documents are available to download and printable onto school letterhead.Â The collection includes, but is not limited to:
- Parent and Family Engagement;
- Teacher and Paraprofessional Qualifications;
- School Support and Improvement;
- English Learner Programs;
- 21st Century Community Learning Centers; and
- Foster Care.
In addition to English, the forms are professionally translated into the following languages, which will be available fully within the next several months: Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian-Creole, Russian, Vietnamese, Somali, and French.
TransACT will be providing schools with professional development and training including online live help, support over the phone, email support, webinar trainings and three (2) in person trainings being held Nov. 2 in Lewiston at Green Ladle and Nov. 3 in Brewer at Jeffâ€™s Catering.
If you have additional questions, please contact Janette Kirk at Janette.firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 624-6707.