Free eWorkshops to Assist with Teaching Students who are English Learners

Educators in Maine now have the opportunity to participate in six, self-paced, on-demand eWorkshops developed by WIDA, a trusted name in the field of multilingual learner education and assessment. WIDA eWorkshops cover a range of topics intended for a variety of audiences, from K-12 classroom teachers, to ESL specialists, to district and school administrators. All eWorkshops are free and available when and where it is convenient to you!

The following eWorkshops are available in the eLearning Center of the WIDA Secure Portal:

  • Using the WIDA Writing Rubric
  • Leading for Equity: Classroom Walkthrough
  • Classroom Educators: Engaging Newcomer Multilingual Learners
  • Language for Learning in Mathematics
  • Doing and Talking STEM
  • Foundational Concepts for K-12 Educators

To access the eLearning Center, you will need a WIDA Secure Portal account. Contact WIDA customer service at help@wida.us or 1-866-276-7735 to set up your account. If you have any questions about this notice, please contact April Perkins at april.perkins@maine.gov or (207)624-6627.

Maine DOE Update – December 20, 2019

From the Maine Department of Education


Reporting Items

Important Reminder: Due Date Approaches for Quarter 2 (Q2) Attendance, Behavior, Bullying, and Truancy Data Review

The Department of Education offers quarterly windows for districts to review, for accuracy and comprehensiveness, the data that has been entered and reported to us. It is our hope that review of this data on a more regular basis will save district personnel time and work at the end of the year, and that it will provide time for analysis and to make any necessary corrections. | More

| Visit the DC&R Reporting Calendar |


News & Updates

Keep Kids Moving, Keep Kids Learning!

During these cold winter days of cabin fever in the classroom, we want to support educators with resources to keep kids moving and engaged.  Evidence suggests a positive impact of physical activity on academic achievement and in reducing behavioral challenges. Active recess time, physical education classes, and utilizing action-based learning strategies in the classroom can all be part of the regular school day. | More

School-Based Services Training Survey, Due December 31.

 In partnership with our colleagues at Department of Health and Human Services(DHHS), we are asking special education directors to complete a brief survey regarding MaineCare, so we can better tailor professional development for special education providers.  | More

CTE Programs- Input Request!

In an effort to enhance Maine’s high quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, the Department of Education is seeking your input. | More

Get to know the DOE Team: Meet Morgan Dunton

Maine DOE team member Morgan Dunton is being highlighted this week as the part of a Get to know the DOE Team campaign! Learn a little more about Morgan in the brief question and answer below. | More


Maine Schools Sharing Success Stories

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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

Reminder: Register for Maine School Winter Wellness Summit on Jan 31

To assist those who are responsible for the important task of reporting quarterly attendance data to the Maine Department of Education, the DOE Data Team will be holding a webinar on Monday January 6th, from 11am to 12pm. | More

| Visit the Professional Development Calendar |


Latest DOE Career/Project Opportunities

MEDIA ADVISORY: STUDENT CABINET MEETING TODAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Kelli Deveaux, DOE Director of Communications, (207) 592-3907

Maine Department of Education to Host Student Cabinet Meeting December 20th

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) has selected 32 Maine students to serve on its new Student Cabinet. The group of students is scheduled to meet quarterly with Commissioner Pender Makin to discuss educational opportunities, improvements, and policy. The group will convene for its first meeting on Friday, December 20, 2019, having been previously postponed due to weather. The Maine DOE would like to invite the media to come to the end of the Dec. 20th meeting from 2:45 pm – 3:00 pm to talk with Commissioner Makin and members of the Student Cabinet. The meeting will be at the Senator Inn in Augusta.

  • Who: Commissioner Makin and Student Cabinet members from all 16 counties in Maine.
  • What: An opportunity to talk with students and the commissioner about the Student Cabinet.
  • When: Friday, December 20, 2019, 2:45 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Senator Inn, 284 Western Ave, Augusta, ME 04330

More information: The Student Cabinet is comprised of students from all 16 counties in Maine, grades 4 through 1st year of college, from diverse educational experiences. The students were selected through a rigorous team selection process by a committee of students, Maine State Board of Education Representatives, and Maine DOE staff, including experienced Maine educators.

Student Cabinet meetings are intended to allow students from different grade levels, backgrounds, and areas of Maine to share their opinions and offer advice about Maine’s education system with Maine’s Commissioner of Education and other leaders from the Maine Department of Education. The purpose of the Student Cabinet is to provide a forum for Maine students’ voices to be heard.

The Student Cabinet will be co-chaired by Maine State Board of Education Student Representatives, Casey Maddock and Jaylee Rice, who were both instrumental in the formation of the Student Cabinet.

Media questions should be directed to Maine DOE Director of Communications Kelli Deveaux at (207) 592-3907or kelli.deveaux@maine.govlarge group of kids in a circle

Keep Kids Moving, Keep Kids Learning!

During these cold winter days of cabin fever in the classroom, we want to support educators with resources to keep kids moving and engaged.  Evidence suggests a positive impact of physical activity on academic achievement and in reducing behavioral challenges. Active recess time, physical education classes, and utilizing action-based learning strategies in the classroom can all be part of the regular school day.

We share the following as a resource.

Programs to explore

Healthy Kids Healthy Futures:  Staff can learn about the benefits and best practices of physical activity in child care and early education (including pre-school) settings. Physical activity habits learned in early childhood can last a lifetime.

Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program:  This guide is for schools and school districts to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive physical activity programs. School-age youth should participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, and schools have a significant role to play in helping students achieve this recommendation. This guide will help schools identify how to establish more active school environments.

Let’s Go: Let’s Go! is a childhood obesity prevention program found across Maine and in Mt. Washington Valley, New Hampshire. These programs use evidence-based strategies to increase healthy eating and physical activity among children from birth to 18. The foundation for change is the 5-2-1-0 healthy habits message, developed in Maine and recognized nationally.

Explore Physical Activity:  School staff can learn about the five components of a comprehensive school physical activity program and how this new national model can support a culture of physical activity at your school.

I Can Do It (ICDI):  The “I Can Do It” program is a strategic physical activity program for students with disabilities in the K-12 school setting designed to provide access, equity, and facilitate and encourage opportunities for students with disabilities to be physically active for 60 minutes a day.

Specific Class Motor Break Ideas

Classroom Exercise Breaks for Elementary Students:  Classroom exercise break suggestions for elementary school classrooms.

Reading:  Literacy and movement suggestions to engage middle school students in acquiring knowledge. The suggestions require minimal materials and teacher preparation.

Scholastic Teachers:  Suggestions for combining both exercise and movement in early childhood classrooms across the content areas.

Math: quick physical activity games:  Movement suggestions to engage students while improving number sense.

Physical Activity Math Games:  A list of possibilities for supporting kinesthetic learners during mathematics instruction.

Classrooms in Motion :  A review resource hub for teachers committed to infusing movement into their instructional plans.

For more information or to share ideas, contact Jean Zimmerman, Health and Physical Ed. Consultant, at  Jean.zimmerman@maine.gov or 207-624-6687.

CTE Programs- Input Request!

In an effort to enhance Maine’s high quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, the Department of Education is seeking your input.

The Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1984 was recently reauthorized as the Carl D. Perkins Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE) for the 21st Century (Perkins V) Act of 2018. Since the reauthorization, the CTE Team at the Department has met with stakeholders to develop the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) Maine State Plan.

Maine’s state plan is now available for public comment for the next thirty (30) days, with public comment closing on Monday January 20, 2020. The Maine Perkins V state plan is located on the Department’s CTE webpages. Feedback should be provided through the available survey.  Recommendations and comments will be reviewed and posted on the CTE webpage.  Input may also be provided, in person or in writing, during a public hearing for the Perkins V State Plan scheduled for January 9, 2020, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Burton M. Cross State Office Building, 111 Sewall Street,  Augusta, Room 103 A and B. For additional information, please contact Dwight A. Littlefield at dwight.a.littlefield@maine.gov