Maine DOE Update – February 5, 2021

From the Maine Department of Education

Reporting Items

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News & Updates

A Special Thank You Message to Maine’s Education Field

We are thrilled to share a very special and heartfelt message with our colleagues in the field. The Department of Education joins Governor Mills and Dr. Shah in thanking every member of Maine’s school communities for everything you are doing to keep our schools safe and open for learning! | More

Maine DOE Launches 2021 Read to ME Challenge with the Help of Maine Students

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) is pleased to announce the kickoff of the 6th annual Read to ME Challenge today, Monday, February 1, 2021. This year, to help kick off the challenge in a virtual and COVID friendly way, students from across Maine have been invited to share video recordings of themselves reading their favorite book to encourage the love of reading across the state. | More

Application Process Open for Student Position on Maine State Board of Education

Student voice is critically important to the Maine State Board of Education, and they are seeking applications for the newest student member to join the Board. Applications are being accepted February 1, 2021 – March 1, 2021. | More

Maine DOE Accepting Peer Reviewer Applications for 21st CCLC Grant Proposals

The Maine Department of Education is seeking applications from qualified individuals interested in learning more about the competitive grant process.  Selected applicants will be trained to serve as peer reviewers who assist the Department in to reviewing, assessing, and scoring competitive grant proposals for the 21st Century Community Leaning Centers (21st CCLC) Program.  The 21st CCLC program is a federally funded education program that provides competitive funding for schools and communities to develop before-school, after-school, and summer educational programs that support students and their families. | More

Maine DOE Child Nutrition Team Announces Initial Transition to New Software Program to Streamline Claiming, Ordering, Applications, and Review

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) Child Nutrition Team is excited to announce that a new software program called CNPWeb will launch this week and begin to replace NEO for all School Nutrition functions. CNPWeb will streamline the claiming, ordering, annual application and review process for all of the Child Nutrition programs. | More

FEMA Seeking Student Applicants for National Youth Preparedness Council

Do you know a teen who has a passion for preparedness? The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is accepting applications for its 2021 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC). | More

Maine Celebrates School Counselor Week by Announcing 2021 Maine School Counselor of the Year

The Maine Department of Education joins the Maine School Counselor Association (MESCA) in celebrating National School Counseling Week Feb. 1-5, 2021. National School Counseling Week honors and celebrate the contributions of school counselors and highlights the tremendous impact they have in helping students achieve school success. In a timely announcement by MESCA, the 2021 Maine School Counselor of the Year was recently named at a surprise virtual ceremony.  Kim Raymond, the School Counselor at Leroy H. Smith School in RSU 22 was honored as the 2021 Maine School Counselor of the Year. The Maine School Counselor of the Year Award is a program of MESCA that honors school counselors who are running a top-notch, comprehensive school counseling program at either the elementary, middle or high school level. | More

Art Educator Bridges Divide Between Remote and In-person Students Through Digital Communications Artist Showcase

This school year has presented some unique challenges, engaging students who are remote with the in person school community has been a central focus for me as an educator. The journey to find ways to showcase remote student work and learning has created wonderful collaborations between departments and spaces here at Hampden Academy. Working in conjunction with Leslie Rosenblatt, HA’s Library Media Specialist, she and I have found a way to bridge the spatial divide between the remote students and the in person students. Using the Library’s garage as a “gallery” space, the quarter 3 remote Digital Communications students created a movie of their digital photography that will be on presentation for the month of February. | More

Get to know the Maine DOE Team: Meet Jordan Dean

Maine DOE Team member Jordan Dean is being highlighted this week as part of the Get to know the Maine DOE Team Campaign. Learn a little bit about Jordan. | More

Maine Schools Sharing Success Stories

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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

FREE Professional Development Opportunity: Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in the Early Grades

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) is pleased to announce a professional development opportunity designed specifically for  early childhood educators (PK-3). MTSS is a framework that utilizes a tiered model of instruction and intervention for students in PK-12. This workshop series will support the high-quality implementation of MTSS frameworks designed specifically for Pre-K and early elementary school settings. This 6-session offering is available to any PK-3 educator in Maine. Lead teachers, ed techs, administrators and special education staff will benefit from this series. | More

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Latest DOE Career/Project Opportunities

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