Maine DOE Update – February 6, 2020

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From the Maine Department of Education

Reporting Items

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News & Updates

Maine Launches Innovative Bicentennial Curriculum Initiative; An Opportunity 200 Years in the Making

The Maine Department of Education (DOE), in collaboration with the Maine Bicentennial Commission ( and the Maine Historical Society has launched an online resource designed to help Maine teachers integrate Maine’s Bicentennial into their classrooms. The Bicentennial Curriculum Initiative enables educators to share their own lesson plans, download lesson plans created by other Maine teachers, an | More

Input Sought for Teacher Shortage Areas

As part of a federal requirement, the Maine Department of Education submits to the U.S. Department of Education teacher shortage areas for designation, based on collected data and public input.  The U.S. DOE annually designates teacher shortage areas for purposes of deferment of loan repayments or reductions of teaching obligation. | More

Guidelines for Food Donations and Waste in Schools

A school food sharing guidance document which encourages schools and food banks to work together to collect whole and packaged school cafeteria surplus or leftover food and share it with the community. | More

Regulatory Alert Update:  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Official Delays Entry Level Driver Training (ELD) Rule

On February 4, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) received approval to announce a two-year delay in the compliance date for all aspects of its 2016 final rule, requiring entry level driver training (ELDT) for all new commercial drivers.  Click here for a copy of the Interim Final Rule that is expected to be posted soon. | More

Changes in Statute Ease Access to Healthcare for Maine’s Homeless Youth

Changes to Maine statutes, enabling some minors to consent for health services, went into effect this year.  LD 1275, An Act to Support Access to Health Services for Homeless Youth in Maine, amended Title 22, Chapter 260 to make it easier for youth who are no longer living with or dependent upon a parent or guardian to access medical, dental, mental, and other health services. | More

Middle School Career and Technical Education: New Grant Information and Resources

Middle School Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides an opportunity for Maine middle school students to experience hands on learning, workplace skills, and career exploration. CTE empowers them to explore interests and discover activities that are inspiring. It allows students to experience potential career pathways, and gives them an awareness of the many options that are available. | More

Calling all High School Senior STEM Students! Exciting FREE Opportunity!

Each year two seniors are selected from each state to attend the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC). NYSC is a residential STEM program, designed to honor and challenge some of the nation’s rising STEM leaders. At the NYSCamp, STEM professionals present lectures and lead small-group directed studies on a broad array of STEM topics; some delegates are able to conduct research at the nearby Green Bank Observatory. | More

Approval of FY 2020 School Revolving Renovation Fund Applications

Maine Department of Education has awarded $25.2 million in School Revolving Renovation Fund (SRRF) loans to 28 SAUs. The loans will be used to complete 105 health, safety and compliance projects at 62 schools, including structural roof repairs, indoor air quality improvements, ADA upgrades, hazardous material removal, life safety renovations, and security enhancements. | More

Seeking Districts Interested in Helping with Public Service Announcements

The Maine Department of Education has begun coordinating Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for substitute (guest) teacher shortages and bus driver shortages that many Maine schools and SAUs are experiencing. | More

Get to know the DOE Team: Meet Karen Bergeron

Maine DOE team member Karen Bergeron is being highlighted this week as the part of a Get to know the DOE Team campaign! | More

Maine Schools Sharing Success Stories

Lincoln Elementary Helps Kick of 5th Annual “Read to ME” Challenge

Maranacook Community Middle School Partners with the National Alliance on Mental Illness

RSU 83/MSAD 13 Community Raises Funds for Type I Diabetes Awareness

Portland High School Partners With Lee Auto Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Service Department

Portland Adult Education Launches New Mainer Teller Training Program

MSAD1 School Nurses Among 1st to Complete Vision Certification Course

Saco’s Young School Students “Making News”

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