Maine DOE Update – April 24, 2020


From the Maine Department of Education

Reporting Items

| Visit the DC&R Reporting Calendar |

News & Updates

Priority Notice: Seeking Public Comment to Waive Requirements Related to Carryover Limitation, Period of Allowability, Title IV, Part A of the ESEA, and Professional Learning Definition

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) is seeking a waiver pursuant to section 3511 of Division A of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), P.L. 116-136 (H.R. 748), 34 Stat. 281 (Mar. 27, 2020 from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE). | More

Commissioner Makin Does a Reading in Celebration of National Poetry Month

In celebration of National Poetry month, Maine Department of Education Commissioner Pender Makin wrote and recorded a reading of one of her own poems, Kintsugi in a Pandemic. | More

Maine Teachers to Host New Educational Program Called “The Learning Space” on Maine Public Television

Maine Public, the Maine Department of Education, and Educate Maine have joined forces to create original, educational programming for grade school students in Grades 3 to 5. | More

Nominations Open for 2020 Maine Instructional Coach of The Year

Maine Curriculum Leaders Association (MCLA) Coaching Co-Op, a collaborative that provides a range of support and advocates for instructional coaches and learning communities across the state through networking and professional development, is currently accepting nominations for 2020 Maine Instructional Coach of the Year. | More

Nominations Open for 2020 Maine Curriculum Leader of the Year

Maine Curriculum Leaders Association is currently accepting nominations for 2020 Maine Curriculum Leader of the Year | More

SAVE THE DATE: MLTI Student Conference – May 28th

Save the date for May 28, 2020 to attend the MLTI (Maine Learning Through Technology) Student Conference! That’s right, the MLTI Student Conference is ON!! We’re going virtual.  Further details about the virtual student conference are coming soon. | More

MDI and Camden Hills High Schools Named Green Ribbon Schools by U.S. DOE

The U.S. Department of Education today released the names of the 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport and Mount Desert Island High School in Bar Harbor are among the 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS). | More

McKinney-Vento Subgrants: COVID-19 Emergency Mini-Grant

The Maine Department of Education is offering Maine schools a unique opportunity to apply for McKinney-Vento Mini-Grants. The Mini-Grants are to be specifically dedicated to supporting the needs of students experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Maine school administrative units (SAUs) may submit one application for multiple schools for the mini-grants with a $5,000 cap per school. Resources and services can be delivered at sites other than at the SAU’s schools and can be provided by subcontractors, but the applications may only be submitted and administered by Maine SAUs. | More

NAMI Maine Launches Teen Peer Support Text Line

Maine’s chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Maine) has announce the launch of the Teen Text Support Line, a new mental health program for youth 14 – 20 years of age living in Maine. | More

Public Notice of Task Force Meeting

The Task Force on Kindergarten Readiness for Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing will meet on April 30, 2020 starting at 1pm. In compliance with current guidance for physical distancing, the Task Force will meet virtually. | More

Get to know the DOE team: Meet Tracy Whitlock

Maine DOE team member Tracy Whitlock is being highlighted this week in the Department’s Get to know the Maine DOE Team Campaign. Learn a little more about Tracy in the brief question and answer.. | More

Maine Schools Sharing Success Stories

| Submit your Maine School Success Story |

Professional Development & Training Opportunities

Preview of Next Week’s Virtual Sessions

The Maine Department of Education continues to schedule virtual office hours, meetings and PD! For a preview of next week’s sessions please visit the meeting schedule listing on our website: As a reminder, due to the need to heighten security for online conference sessions, the Department is requiring password protection or pre-registration for most of our virtual sessions. | More

| Visit the Professional Development Calendar |

Latest DOE Career/Project Opportunities

View current Maine Department of Education employment opportunities here