PRIORITY NOTICE: Updates Regarding ESEA Dashboard, Data Correction, and Federal Accountability under ESSA

This notice provides an update to the original timeline released in the DOE newsroom on March 11, 2019 regarding School Year (SY) 2018/19 data correction requests, the timeline for the release of the ESEA Dashboard, and the implementation of the federal accountability model under ESSA.

Data requests submitted to the Maine DOE by the February 8, 2019 deadline were reviewed, amended if necessary with the updated data sets, and uploaded to the ESEA Dashboard. The original timeline indicated the Data Dashboards would be provided to Superintendents for review on Monday, April 15, 2019.  The Department is currently in the process of conducting Quality Assurance (QA), ensuring the accuracy of presented data sets, and therefore the Dashboards were not available for District and School review on April 15, 2019. Once the QA process has concluded, district and school leaders will be notified and provided two (2) weeks to review the information provided. The ESEA Dashboard will become available prior to the conclusion of SY 2018-19.

As a result of a Maine DOE leadership phone conversation with the US Department of Education (USDE) on December 12, 2018, a subsequent phone call on March 8, 2019, and written feedback provided to the Maine DOE on March 15, 2019 related to Maine’s ESSA amendment, the Maine DOE was directed to resubmit clarifying information on April 8, 2019 to the USDE for review.  USDE has verified receipt of the clarifying information, and the Maine DOE awaits their feedback so that the process can proceed.

During this time of pause, the Maine DOE has secured state funding to support the provision of virtual coaching to schools that the Maine DOE anticipates will be eligible to receive additional support when amendments to Maine’s ESSA State plan are approved.  Participation in the virtual coaching is currently optional, with many eligible schools taking advantage of this support.

Maine DOE has requested an extension, until August 31, 2019, to officially make school identifications, and has requested the period of availability of 1003(a) funds be extended until September 30, 2020. These extensions will allow the Maine DOE to ensure the Department is able to align available federal funds to the identification timeline, therefore ensuring the availability of financial supports to schools.

Please know that the Maine DOE continues to do everything conceivable to ensure Maine has an equitable federal accountability model that honors stakeholder feedback and Maine’s small, rural context.




The Maine DOE is seeking to fill vacancies on the Title I Committee of Practitioners.

Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires each state educational agency that receives Title I funds to create a State Committee of Practitioners to advise the State in carrying out its responsibilities under the Title I program. The purpose of this committee is to review any state rules and regulations relating to Title I, ensuring that they conform to the intent and purposes of Title I.

The majority of members must be representatives from local education agencies and includes representatives from the following categories:

  • Administrators
  • Teachers, including vocational educators
  • Parents*
  • Members of local school boards*
  • Representatives of private school children*
  • Pupil Services Personnel

*areas currently under-represented

Regular meetings of the committee will be conducted on a quarterly basis at the Maine Department of Education Offices in Augusta, with the term of membership commencing August 1st, 2019 and expiring July 31st, 2021.

Those interested in serving on the Title I Committee of Practitioners Committee should contact the Maine DOE Title I Program Coordinator, Monique Sullivan, at or 207-624-6723 by 5pm on Friday, July 26th, 2019 for further information.

Employee of the Week: Sheryl Banden


Maine DOE Office Associate Sheryl Banden is this week’s Employee of the Week! Learn a little bit more about Sheryl in this brief question and answer:Image of Employee of the Week Sheryl Bandan

What are your roles with the DOE?

For the past 14 years I have worked in various teams at the Maine Department of Education to provide the field with efficient and effective customer service. My customer service work on behalf of DOE began as Department’s Receptionist. From this position I have held worked with the Federal Programs Team, Special Services, the Commissioners office and more recently have been working with the Certification office to assist the Certification Team with the implementation of the new Teacher Certification software: MEIS.  Just last week I was assigned to support the Educator Excellence Team.  In this role, I act as key support for this team’s work – which includes providing Maine Educators with high quality professional development opportunities, strengthening the teaching profession through teacher recruitment and retention efforts – and elevating/celebrating the teaching profession.  These are exciting times to be in the teaching profession; please stay tuned for more specific details about upcoming projects in this initiative area!

What do you like best about your job?

I respect the excellent work that the whole of Maine DOE consistently produces and delivers.  I admire the dedication and commitment to quality project outcomes  ever present in all of Maine DOE’s employees’ work.  I love the energy and excitement in Certification’s Educator Effectiveness Team!  I enjoy working in this type of positive environment.

We continually strive to improve Maine education by ensuring a safe, quality learning environment.  This is the kind of job I have always wanted!

Maine’s Transformational Leaders’ Network Summer Conference Registration ENDS SOON!

Register Now! Closing May 10,2019!

WHO:  YOU if you are a building principal

WHAT:  Maine’s Transformational Leaders’ Network  Summer Conference

WHEN:  Sunday, June 23, 2019 (check in 4:00)– Wednesday, June 26, 2019 (ends 2:00)

WHERE:  The Senator Inn in Augusta (Lodging is available Sunday night for those who need it; there are no formal activities that evening)

The Maine Department of Education invites you, as the leader of a Maine school, to take advantage of a great opportunity to join the Transformational Leaders’ Network (TLN) for a yearlong experience. The Network brings principals together to support school improvement and, most importantly, to promote leadership growth.  The TLN is part of DOE’s commitment to support schools trying to improve. Principals from across Maine have been TLN members for the past five years and have found it extremely helpful in their leadership of school improvement.

“I’ve left the TLN feeling really energized and feeling that I can continue this hard work with my staff, with fresh ideas and fresh focus…”

“When we go to these meetings, it is very positive. There is a lot of support for each other and we are not sitting there saying, ‘Poor us.’ We are looking at the work that is being done by schools and the positive things that are going on in schools and we are using that to help each other, in order to raise the aspirations of kids, but also of teachers, and let them know that we are all in this together.”

DOE will cover the costs for the conference registration, hotel lodging, daily breakfast and lunch (dinners will be on your own), and required texts. Contact hours for the conference and for TLN sessions throughout the year may be used for recertification.

Principals will bring their own school improvement goals to the conference and, in a variety of formats, draw up plans for their leadership work in the coming school year.

What are the objectives of the TLN?   

  • Establish a supportive learning network
  • Develop knowledge of the resources available to you and your staff to assist in successfully transforming teaching and learning
  • Reduce the isolation that you may often feel by connecting you with other leaders engaged in improving their schools
  • Provide a forum for celebrating successes and addressing challenges with your colleagues

What are the objectives of the Summer Conference?

  • You will be guided to develop two workable plans:
  1. Goals and initial actions to improve teaching and learning at your school
  2. Goals and initial actions for your personal leadership growth that will help make the goals of school improvement a reality
  • You will come to know and trust fellow principals as learning colleagues in order to support each other in the hard work of improving your school
  • You will deepen your understanding of how school leadership can contribute to school improvement
  • You will expand your skill set and your strategies as a school leader

What can you expect to come away with after the Summer Conference?

  • Two workable plans that connect your leadership growth to facilitating school improvement in the coming school year
  • First Steps that you can work on over the summer
  • A feeling of support, authenticity, and safety within the TLN that will sustain you and your work over the coming year.

REGISTER BY Friday, May 10, 2019! Space is limited so we ask you to register right away using the following link:

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to one of the following individuals who will be working with you at this conference:

Stephen MacDougall                                                Fran Farr

(207) 754-5436                                                         (207) 439-9659                        


Gordon Donaldson                                                    George Marnik

(207) 667-2382                                                           (207) 461-6047                                        


Sally Mackenzie                                                          Linda Bowe

(207) 798-9619                                                           (207) 322-7256                    





Students and Educators Invited to Vote for Winner of MLTI T-shirt Design Competition

Earlier this year, students were invited to submit entries to the 2019 MLTI T-Shirt Design Competition. The winning design will be printed on t-shirts that will be worn by 1,000 middle and high school students during the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) 2019 Student Conference. A panel of judges reviewed many entries, identified five finalists, and now invites students and educators to cast their votes for the winning design!

The final designs and ballot (as well as a running tally of votes) will remain available until the end of the day on Tuesday, April 30th. We ask that voters use the honor system and vote only once!

Vote here now!

Additionally, the top 20 student designers were offered free registration to the conference. Congratulations to the following students:

Freeport High School: Leora D., Grace W., Maya D., Reagan D., Jessie M., Corilie G., and Alexander L.

Veazie Community School: Lily C. and Rebekah J.

Saco Middle School: Lucas D.

Southern Aroostook Community School: Rose A., Selena B., Gracie B., Brianna D., Jaelyn F., Collin G., Esther G., Nathan M., and Breanne W.

Registration for the MLTI Student Conference remains open through Friday, May 3rd and is open to all Maine schools to send a group of students.

For answers to questions or more information, please contact:

Amanda Nguyen

Digital Learning Specialist