Maine DOE Update – February 14, 2020

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From the Maine Department of Education


Reporting Items

EPS High-Cost Out-of-District Report (EF-S-214) Open for Reporting on March 1, 2020

The EF-S-214, also known as the EPS High-Cost Out-of-District Report, will be open for reporting by Maine public schools on March 1 in the Department’s NEO Portal. This report is Due April 15, 2020.

We strongly encourage users to sign into the report as early as possible to allow time for data entry and completion of the two-step submission process. To provide state subsidy support in the current fiscal year using information provided on the report, Department staff needs time to review and approve the information by April 15. | More

| Visit the DC&R Reporting Calendar |


News & Updates

Maine Launches Innovative Bicentennial Curriculum Initiative; An Opportunity 200 Years in the Making

The Maine Department of Education (DOE), in collaboration with the Maine Bicentennial Commission (maine200.org) and the Maine Historical Society has launched an online resource designed to help Maine teachers integrate Maine’s Bicentennial into their classrooms. The Bicentennial Curriculum Initiative enables educators to share their own lesson plans, download lesson plans created by other Maine teachers, an | More

State Collaboration Helps Improve Early Childhood Programs in Maine

Through an ongoing partnership between the Maine Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS), a subset of DHHS has been working to proactively plan for an anticipated $550 million increase in federal funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program. | More

Increase Efficiencies and Savings- Efficiency Maine Offering Financial Incentives to Maine Schools

Many Maine schools have partially upgraded to LED lighting, but many older, less efficient lighting fixtures remain. Efficiency Maine is hoping to retire those old fixtures once and for all  through this program, available only to public schools (K-12) in Maine. By upgrading to LEDs you’ll enjoy years of better lighting quality, reduced maintenance costs, energy savings, and more. | More

Calling All Teachers of Social Studies Content PK-12!

With the emphasis on teaching about Maine Native Americans as part of the revised Maine Learning Results for Social Studies, Joe Schmidt, Social Studies Specialist at Maine Department of Education, continues to gather data from educators in the field in order to best support their efforts. | More

Get to know the DOE Team: Meet Gayle Erdheim

Maine DOE Team member Gayle Erdheim is being highlighted this week as part of the get to know the DOE Team campaign! | More


Maine Schools Sharing Success Stories

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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

MASL Webinars Begin for Maine’s School Librarians

The Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL) is pleased to announce it will be providing a webinar series for school librarians over the coming months.  Jon Graham, Maine DOE’s Elementary Digital Learning Specialist, will be assisting with the development of the series. The webinars will include topics like Overdrive e-books and audiobooks, classroom management in the school library, and their first topic, Makerspaces in the Elementary School Library.  This webinar will be available live on Monday March 2 from 7pm to 8pm. | More

FREE Trauma Informed Readiness and Response Workshop – 2nd Location Added 

The Maine Department of Education (MDOE), in partnership with event sponsor University of New England (UNE), is holding a repeat event due to the great response and success of our January Trauma Informed Readiness and Response Workshop.  | More

NAMI-Maine offers Youth Mental Health First Aid Training to Schools at No Cost!

The Office of School and Student Supports in the Department of Education recognizes that our schools and their staff are working hard every day to respond to the varying academic, social, physical, and emotional needs of their students. The Opioid Prevention Task Force, created by Governor Mills’ Executive Order No. 2,identified the need to broadcast and advertise resources available through the Maine Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to schools as one way to support school personnel in their work to respond to the social and emotional needs of students.   | More

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Latest DOE Career/Project Opportunities

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EPS High-Cost Out-of-District Report (EF-S-214) Open for Reporting on March 1, 2020

The EF-S-214, also known as the EPS High-Cost Out-of-District Report, will be open for reporting by Maine public schools on March 1 in the Department’s NEO Portal. This report is Due April 15, 2020.

We strongly encourage users to sign into the report as early as possible to allow time for data entry and completion of the two-step submission process. To provide state subsidy support in the current fiscal year using information provided on the report, Department staff needs time to review and approve the information by April 15.

Adjustments to the Special Education High-Cost Out-of-District allocation, which impacts state subsidy, will be based on costs which exceed the following:

  • $18,076 for placements in Regional Special Education Programs,
  • $27,114 for placements in other school administrative units, and
  • $36,152 for placements in private schools.

Below are a few important things to note about the EF-S-214 report:

  • School units will need to project the tuition cost for the full fiscal year.
  • This report is required for all publicly funded school units, including units that do not meet the High-Cost Out-of-District (HCOOD) tuition threshold. If your SAU does meet the HCOOD threshold, please submit as “no students to report”

The report can be located by logging into NEO at: https://neo.maine.gov/DOE/NEO/Accounts/Account/Login

Navigate to→ Special Education → Forms → EFS-214

 Questions about the report should be direct to Stephanie Clark, Fiscal Compliance Specialist for the Maine Department of Education, at 207-624-6807 or Stephanie.clark@maine.gov.

Calling All Teachers of Social Studies Content PK-12!

With the emphasis on teaching about Maine Native Americans as part of the revised Maine Learning Results for Social Studies, Joe Schmidt, Social Studies Specialist at Maine Department of Education, continues to gather data from educators in the field in order to best support their efforts.

If you are a teacher of social studies content in grades pk-12, please complete this brief, anonymous survey no later than the end of the day on Thursday, February 20. Please share with others in your school as necessary.

Take Survey!

Increase Efficiencies and Savings- Efficiency Maine Offering Financial Incentives to Maine Schools

Many Maine schools have partially upgraded to LED lighting, but many older, less efficient lighting fixtures remain. Efficiency Maine is hoping to retire those old fixtures once and for all  through this program, available only to public schools (K-12) in Maine. By upgrading to LEDs you’ll enjoy years of better lighting quality, reduced maintenance costs, energy savings, and more.

For a limited time, Efficiency Maine has enhanced the financial incentives to convert old, inefficient school lighting to LEDs.  Funding will be provided as an incentive of $0.30/kWh saved (first-year savings) capped at $100,000 per school district. Efficiency Maine will conduct three webinar presentations this month to inform interested parties on the specifics of this Funding Opportunity Notice.

To learn more about the Funding Opportunity Notice, and to register for an informational webinar, please click here.

NAMI-Maine offers Youth Mental Health First Aid Training to Schools at No Cost! 

The Office of School and Student Supports in the Department of Education recognizes that our schools and their staff are working hard every day to respond to the varying academic, social, physical, and emotional needs of their students. The Opioid Prevention Task Force, created by Governor Mills’ Executive Order No. 2,identified the need to broadcast and advertise resources available through the Maine Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to schools as one way to support school personnel in their work to respond to the social and emotional needs of students.  

In 2017, a law was passed that requires school administrative units to establish a youth mental health first aid training program for health educators in secondary schools. According to MRS Title 20-A, §6671, if funding is available, SAUs are required to have their secondary schools’ health education staff trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA). NAMI-Maine is excited to be able to offer the evidence-based YMHFA training to any school staff across the state. Through funding from the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation, NAMI-Maine is able to provide these trainings at no cost to schools. Further, NAMI Maine is able to deliver a comprehensive offering of youth mental health programming to both staff and students. For more information, please visit the NAMI-Maine Educator Resources page, or contact the Youth Mental Health Programs Coordinator at ymhfa@namimaine.org or 622-5767 ext. 2320. 

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