Reconvening and Implementation of ESSA Advisory Work Groups – Members Wanted!

The Maine Department of Education is excited to announce the reconvening and expansion of  the ESSA Advisory work groups to four (4) regional locations. The ESSA Advisory work groups will meet with the specific goal of being a collaborative thought partner, providing feedback regarding the development and refinement of Maine’s Model of School Supports (formerly known as the accountability model) to ensure the model is in the best interest of Maine schools and students, while ensuring compliance with federal requirements. 

The Advisory group will meet on a bi-monthly basis in four (4) regional locations of Maine:

  • Northern (Aroostook, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset counties)
  • Southern (Androscoggin, Cumberland, Oxford, York counties)
  • Eastern ( Washington and Hancock counties)
  • Western/Central (Franklin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo counties)

Representatives from the four (4) regional work groups will form an ESSA Advisory Committee. 

The Maine DOE is looking for representation from stakeholder groups, in each region, including but not limited to: superintendents, parents, school educators including educators of special education and students who are English Learners (ELs), central office staff, small/rural/island schools, principals and board members, community members, Career and Technical Education and others. 

Those interested in participating should complete a short survey expressing their interest. 

Initial meetings are tentatively scheduled for: 

  • April 2, 2020
  • April 9, 2020
  • April 10, 2020
  • May 7, 2020 
  • May 21, 2020

*Dates to be determined for each region. 

Further questions can be directed to Janette Kirk, Chief of Learning Systems, at