PRIORITY NOTICE: Virtual Meeting Schedule – Tuesday 3/24

Updated Schedule for Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

The Maine Department of Education continues to schedule virtual office hours with Department Specialist to support educators and administrators during extended remote learning. During these meetings, our specialists will be available to provide support and guidance regarding distance learning and school supports, as well as to facilitate networking and resource sharing between educators.

Thank you to the educators in Maine, nationally, and internationally who have joined these popular sessions. We are pleased to be able to offer a platform where educators can connect. We do ask that, with space limitations, priority be given to Maine educators first as these support sessions are intended for them.

Please note that Office Hour Schedules will be regularly updated on this web page: https://www.maine.gov/doe/covid-19/contentmeetings and the Department will continue scheduling content specific office hours as needed.

Virtual Office Hours:

(Please note: each of these meetings as a 100 person max capacity.)

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME LINK CONTACT INFO
Mindful Moment -Self Care Connection Kellie Bailey 8:45-9:00 https://zoom.us/j/5080785422 kellie.bailey@maine.gov
Adult Education Megan Dichter 8:30 https://zoom.us/j/892602805 megan.dichter@maine.gov
MTSS – Tier 2 and Tier 3 Open Forum Andrea Logan 9:00 https://zoom.us/j/4525406402 andrea.logan@maine.gov
MUSIC, Grades K-8 Office Hour Jason Anderson 9:00 https://zoom.us/j/361857839 jason.anderson@maine.gov
VISUAL ART, Grades K-8 Office Hour Jason Anderson 10:00 https://zoom.us/j/443847850 jason.anderson@maine.gov
Teaching Civics & Gov’t Office Hours Joe Schmidt 10:00 https://zoom.us/j/953166454 joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Health Education Susan Berry and Jean Zimmerman 10:00 https://zoom.us/j/728690779 susan.berry@maine.gov
School Counseling Bear Shea 10:00 https://zoom.us/j/598318140 w.bear.shea@maine.gov
Special Services Grades K-12 Colette Sullivan and Leora Byras 10:00 https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/214197980 roberta.lucas@maine.gov
Math K-5 Office Hour: Networking Jen & Michele 11:00 https://zoom.us/j/375656501 jennifer.r.robitaille@maine.gov
THEATRE, Grades K-12 Office Hour Jason Anderson 11:00 https://zoom.us/j/813802216 jason.anderson@maine.gov
Physical Education Jean Zimmerman and Susan Berry 11:00 https://zoom.us/j/728690779 jean.zimmerman@maine.gov
Alternative Education Heather Whitaker (2020 Teacher of the Year) 11:00 https://zoom.us/j/246436223 heather.whitaker@gorhamschools.org
School Nursing Emily Poland 11:00 https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/615139238 Emily.poland@maine.gov
PBIS and Behavior Supports Courtney Angelosante (University of Maine) 11:00 https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/254950432 tracy.w.whitlock@maine.gov
Social Studies PK-12 Joe Schmidt 12:00 https://zoom.us/j/811951940 joe.schmidt@maine.gov
DANCE, Grades K-12 Office Hour Jason Anderson 12:00 https://zoom.us/j/697060098 jason.anderson@maine.gov
Office Hours: Networking 6-12 Math Michele & Jen 1:00  https://zoom.us/j/887817496 michele.mailhot@maine.gov
SEL For All Educators Kellie Bailey 1:00 https://zoom.us/j/5080785422 kellie.bailey@maine.gov
World Language – French & Latin Lavinia Rogers 1:00 https://zoom.us/j/838540717 lavinia.m.rogers@maine.gov
Public Pre-K Nicole Madore 2:00 https://zoom.us/j/443013966 nicole.madore@maine.gov
Career and Education Development Diana Doiron 2:00 https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/909564983 diana.doiron@maine.gov 
World Language (6-8) Lavinia Rogers 3:30 https://zoom.us/j/255736385 lavinia.m.rogers@maine.gov
Bring the World into Your Elementary Classroom (Social Studies) Joe Schmidt w/ Teacher Leaders 3:30 https://zoom.us/j/594340297 joe.schmidt@maine.gov

PRIORITY NOTICE: Urging States to Continue Educating Students with Disabilities, Secretary DeVos Publishes New Resource on Accessibility and Distance Learning Options

New Fact Sheet Provides Additional Information on How Distance Learning Can be Used to Meet Students’ Needs During COVID-19 National Emergency

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Department has released new information clarifying that federal law should not be used to prevent schools from offering distance learning opportunities to all students, including students with disabilities. This new resource from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) explains that as a school district takes necessary steps to address the health, safety, and well-being of all its students and staff, educators can use distance learning opportunities to serve all students.

“It was extremely disappointing to hear that some school districts were using information from the Department of Education as an excuse not to educate kids,” said Secretary DeVos. “This is a time for creativity and an opportunity to pursue as much flexibility as possible so that learning continues. It is a time for all of us to pull together to do what’s right for our nation’s students.”

“Nothing issued by this Department should in any way prevent any school from offering educational programs through distance instruction,” she continued. “We need schools to educate all students out of principle, rather than educate no students out of fear. These are challenging times, but we expect schools to rise to the occasion, and the Department stands ready to assist you in your efforts.”

As the fact sheet states, schools “… should not opt to close or decline to provide distance instruction, at the expense of students, to address matters pertaining to services for students with disabilities. Rather, school systems must make local decisions that take into consideration the health, safety, and well-being of all their students and staff. To be clear: ensuring compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act should not prevent any school from offering educational programs through distance instruction.”

To help schools provide distance learning in compliance with federal law, this fact sheet explains:

  • The Department recognizes that exceptional circumstances may affect how special education and related services and supports are provided to students with disabilities, and the Department will offer flexibility.
  • School districts must provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities, and the provision of FAPE may include, as appropriate, special education and related services that can be provided via computer, internet, or phone.
  • Although online learning must be accessible to students with disabilities, federal law does not mandate the specific methodologies by which distance education must be provided.
  • In instances where technology is not accessible or where educational materials are not available in an accessible format, educators may still meet their legal obligations by providing equally effective alternate access to the curriculum or services provided to other students.

The Department will continue to work with state and local leaders to identify any additional areas where it can provide resources to support educators in their important work, and both OCR and OSERS are available to provide technical assistance during these uncertain times. The Department continues to update www.ed.gov/coronavirus with information for students, parents, educators, and local leaders about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the following website: www.coronavirus.gov.

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PRIORITY NOTICE: Updated Virtual Meeting Schedule – Monday 3/23

Updated Schedule for Monday, March 23, 2020.

The Maine Department of Education continues to schedule virtual office hours with Department Specialist to support educators and administrators during extended remote learning. During these meetings, our specialists will be available to provide support and guidance regarding distance learning and school supports, as well as to facilitate networking and resource sharing between educators.

Thank you to the educators in Maine, nationally, and internationally who have joined these popular sessions. We are pleased to be able to offer a platform where educators can connect. We do ask that, with space limitations, priority be given to Maine educators first as these support sessions are intended for them.

Please note that Office Hour Schedules will be regularly updated on this web page: https://www.maine.gov/doe/covid-19/contentmeetings and the Department will continue scheduling content specific office hours as needed.

Virtual Office Hours:

(Please note: each of these meetings as a 100 person max capacity.)

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME LINK CONTACT INFO
Special Education Grades K-12 Colette Sullivan and Leora Byras 9:00 https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/236689177 roberta.lucas@maine.gov
Tools to Differentiate Reading of Primary Sources & Current Events (Social Studies) Joe Schmidt 9:00 https://zoom.us/j/457957759 joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Physical Education Jean Zimmerman 9:00 https://zoom.us/j/921942275 jean.zimmerman@maine.gov
Social Studies PK-12 Joe Schmidt 10:00 https://zoom.us/j/253899660 joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Special Education Grades K-12 Colette Sullivan and Leora Byras 10:00 https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/576891491 roberta.lucas@maine.gov
Public Pre-K Nicole Madore 10:00 https://zoom.us/j/106320423 nicole.madore@maine.gov
Adult Education Amy Poland 10:00 https://zoom.us/j/8097107454 amy.poland@maine.gov
Digital Learning – Read-Aloud Guidance, eBook, Audiobook, Podcast Resources Jon Graham 11:00 https://zoom.us/j/830817204 jonathan.m.graham@maine.gov
Gifted and Talented – Open forum Andrea Logan 11:00 https://zoom.us/j/4525406402 andrea.logan@maine.gov
PK-5 Science ideas/networking Shari Templeton 11:00 https://zoom.us/j/790387250 shari.templeton@maine.gov
Teaching History Office Hours Joe Schmidt 12:00 https://zoom.us/j/231618574 joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Career and Education Development Diana Doiron 12:00 https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/242057744 diana.doiron@maine.gov 
Health Education Susan Berry 12:00 https://zoom.us/j/900768162 susan.berry@maine.gov
SEL For All Educators Kellie Bailey 2:00 https://zoom.us/j/5080785422 kellie.bailey@maine.gov
MTSS – Open Forum Andrea Logan 3:00 https://zoom.us/j/4525406402 andrea.logan@maine.gov
6-12 Science networking Shari Templeton 3:00 https://zoom.us/j/495185156 shari.templeton@maine.gov
World Language (9-12) Lavinia Rogers 3:30 https://zoom.us/j/950248564 lavinia.m.rogers@maine.gov
Digital Learning – Read-Aloud Guidance, eBook, Audiobook, Podcast Resources Jon Graham 3:30 https://zoom.us/j/830817204 jonathan.m.graham@maine.gov

 

Maine DOE Update – March 20, 2020

 

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Maine Schools Providing Meals to Students During Extended Remote Learning; Interactive Map Now Available

Through a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Maine Department of Education is able to extend the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) allowing school districts and community partners to provide meals to students during extended remote learning due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. | More

PRIORITY NOTICE: Guidance for Governor’s Executive Order Regarding Employees in Maine’s Public Schools

Guidance for the Governor’s Executive in an Question and Answer format.  | More

PRIORITY NOTICE: Proposed Rulemaking for Rule Chapter 112

Chapter 112 contains procedures guiding the operations of the Professional Standards Board in its role under Title 20-A, Chapter 502-B to make recommendations to the State Board of Education and advise the Department of Education on certification issues. The rule was filed with the Secretary of State’s Office on March 13, 2020. | More

PRIORITY NOTICE: Virtual Meetings Available Again Next Week

The Maine Department of Education continues to schedule virtual office hours with Department Specialist to support educators and administrators during extended school closures. During these meetings, our specialists will be available to provide support and guidance regarding distance learning and school supports, as well as to facilitate networking and resource sharing between educators. A schedule for early next week is expected to be ready Friday afternoon (3/20). | See the Schedule

PRIORITY NOTICE: Important Message From Commissioner Makin (Originally Issued March 15, 2020)

As determined by Governor Mills’ declaration of a civil emergency, we recommend that schools cease classroom based instruction as soon as practicable and for an indefinite period of time. Local communities may manage this in different ways in terms of scheduling time and logistical support for students and families to access belongings left at school and to receive remote or distance learning materials if applicable. | More

2020 MLTI Student Conference Cancelled

Due to the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the State of Maine and across the U.S., the Maine Department of Education has decided to cancel the 2020 MLTI Student Conference, which was scheduled for May 21, 2020. | More

Federally Required State Assessment- An Update

As many Maine school districts are working proactively to protect students and educators amid the COVID-19 issue by either implementing non-traditional instruction or closing schools, the Maine DOE is actively working on behalf of Maine schools and students.  Due to school district closures at this time, the following has transpired: | More

Guidance from CDC for School-Based Operations

A message from Emily Poland, Nurse Consultant with Maine Department of Education, relaying guidance from the CDC around nutrition, health and supplies.  | More

Get to know the Maine DOE Team: Meet Deqa Dhalac

To assist those who are responsible for the important task of reporting dropout data to the Maine Department of Education, the DOE Data Team will be holding a webinar on Wednesday March 18th, from 1pm to 2pm. | More


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