Maine DOE Update – September 5, 2019

From the Maine Department of Education

Reporting Items

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News & Updates

Help Maine Celebrate Maine Forest Products Week, Oct. 20-26

The Maine Forest Products Council, through the State of Maine, has issued a proclamation celebrating Maine Forest Products Week Oct. 20-26 (in conjunction with National Forest Products Week).  Schools and educators are encouraged to consider teaching a lesson or creating a display, event or other activities to highlight one of Maine’s oldest industries. Perhaps you might partner with local forest-related businesses or organizations, such as your historical society. | More

2019 Statewide Early Childhood Education Conference Announced!

The Maine Department of Education’s Head Start State Collaboration Office is collaborating with MaineAEYC, Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network, Educare Central Maine, Head Start Directors, Family Child Care Association of Maine, and DHHS Office of Child and Family Services for the 2019 Statewide Early Childhood Education Conference. | More

Funding Available for New or Expanding Pre-K Programs in 2020-2021!

If your SAU is opening or expanding a PreK program in the 2020-2021 school year, you are eligible to receive funding on your FY21 ED279 for children you enroll in these new or expanding PreK programs in 2020. This means you will receive the funding for enrollment in the same year that you enroll the PreK children, without a year delay. | More

Maine Prepares to Respond to National Transportation Safety Board Safety Recommendation

Maine was one of 44 states that received a letter with safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) following the NTSB June 18, 2019 report, School Bus Run-Off-Road and Fire, Oakland, Iowa December 12, 2017.  The NTSB does not make regulations, but does issue recommendations to organizations. Recommendations regarding driver physicals, physical performance tests, and safety belts on large capacity buses were included in the letter. | More

Meet the First Cohort of Maine’s Leadership Development Program

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) recently launched a new leadership program called Maine’s Leadership Development Program (Maine LDP). The initiative aims to build and strengthen instructional leadership skills among Maine’s educational leaders at schools, districts, and across the state.   | More

Maine Schools Sharing Success Stories

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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

Funding and Financial Reporting – Dollars and Sense – a Professional Development Opportunity

Looking to make the most out of your SAU money? The Maine Department Of Education School Finance Team is hosting an October training and workshop opportunity for school district leaders, including business/finance managers, finance support staff, superintendents and SAU data managers. | More

Social Studies Standards Roll Out – Fall Professional Development Schedule

On June 23, 2019 the revised Maine Learning Results for Social Studies went into effect. As districts work to implement the revised standards, the Maine Department of Education will spend the 2019-2020 school year providing training and creating resources that support district adoption. The first set of professional development workshops to support implementation of the standards have been set. Three different trainings will occur at three different locations around the state during the 2019-2020 school year. | More

Webinars to Assist with Data Submission

To assist those who are responsible for the important task of reporting data to the Department of Education, the DOE Data Team will be holding two webinars on Tuesday Septemper 17th.  | More

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