A Message from Maine Education Commissioner Regarding Fall 2020 Survey

Contact: Kelli Deveaux

The Maine Department of Education has released a special video message from Maine Education Commissioner Pender Makin and other key leaders from the Department to encourage and remind the people of Maine to provide input for ensuring a safe return to classroom instruction. Video can be viewed, here.

Maine DOE continues to work with educators and health experts from across the State to develop health markers and corresponding plans to ensure the safe return to classroom instruction.  As this work develops, the Department is seeking input from additional stakeholders from across the State through a series of surveys that were released on July 6.

The surveys, available for families, educators, student support providers, and school and district leaders, are available through July 12. The data and feedback will be compiled by a research group and considered by the team who will continue to revise the Department’s Draft Framework for Returning to Classroom Instruction over the next month.

Your participation in these surveys is greatly appreciated in preparation for the next school year.  Our fervent hope is that our continued trends in the battle against COVID-19 here in Maine will allow our schools to resume classroom instruction for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, as our schools serve as a stabilizing force for our communities, students, families and the economy. All of our energy and efforts are going into helping to provide support and guidance to schools and families who are making extraordinarily difficult decisions.


Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Seeking Nominations for MAITC Teacher of the Year Award

Maine Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) is currently seeking nominations for their 2021 Teacher of the Year Award. This award is for any Maine elementary or secondary school teacher who uses agricultural education materials and/or activities in the classroom to teach core subjects.

The winning teacher will get to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference (in Des Moines, Iowa on June 28 – July 1, 2021) and the MAITC 2021 Summer Teacher’s Institute, free of charge.

The application deadline for the MAITC Teacher of the Year Award is October 1st. Applications and more information about the award are available on the MAITC website

For more information on Maine Agriculture in the Classroom, contact Willie Sawyer Grenier, executive director, at maitca@maine.gov or 207-287-5522.


Maine Department of Education Survey on Fall 2020

The Maine Department of Education will be releasing surveys to gather input about the safe return to classroom instruction today at noon, and would like to hear from our school community members! Our research partners are finalizing 10 translated versions for families/caregivers, which will be posted as soon as they become available. The official DOE surveys can be found at: https://www.maine.gov/doe/fall2020survey.



Maine DOE Data Management Systems Summer Training 2020-2021

The Maine Department of Education Data Team will be holding their annual summer trainings during the last two weeks of July and the first two weeks of August.  The focus this year will be on tips and resources to assist School Administrative Units (SAUs) with data reporting and with viewing/certifying reports.

  • Training sessions this year will be held remotely utilizing the GoToWebinar™ application.
  • All training sessions will begin with a presentation and conclude with a topical Q&A. Please feel free to register for as many sessions as you would like.
  • Sessions are duplicated to ensure as much availability as possible.
  • All sessions will be recorded and posted to the Helpdesk’s Webinar Page .
  • These training sessions are not necessarily intended for individuals who are brand new to state required reporting.

The MEDMS helpdesk is now offering one on one onboard training for SAU and school staff that are new to state required reporting. To request this training, simply email the MEDMS helpdesk at MEDMS.Helpdesk@Maine.gov and request our new user training. Please note that these trainings will be held as helpdesk availability allows.

Training Sessions, Dates and Times

What’s New for 2021 & Online Resources – A presentation of all of the new staff and student data requirements for the 2020-2021 school year. We will also review the helpful online resources available to SAU and school staff charged with required state reporting

  • July 21st @ 10AM – 12PM              Register Now
  • August 11th @ 10AM – 12PM        Register Now

Student Upload Error Messages – This presentation will focus on understanding the various possible error messages that you may receive when uploading student data to Synergy State Edition.

Updating and Maintaining Contact Information – In this session we will be discussing why this data is important, how this data is used by the Department and how to keep staff contact information up to date.

NEO Staff Refresher – A refresher of the NEO Staff module including data entry, associated reports and helpful resources.

  • August 4th @ 1PM – 3PM              Register Now
  • August 11th @ 1PM – 3PM             Register Now

Externally Managed Data – (EL, Migrant, Foster Care, Residential, Direct Certification, etc.…) – A presentation focused on exploring and explaining student data elements that are derived from sources outside of the reporting SAU.

  • July 21st @ 1PM – 3PM                   Register Now
  • August 6th @ 10AM – 12PM          Register Now

Student Reports – This session will cover all of the various reports in the NEO Student Reports module.

  • July 22nd @ 10AM – 12PM              Register Now
  • August 12th @ 1PM – 3PM             Register Now

Home Instruction – Presenting of the NEO Home Instruction module, how it works, who it is for, as well as any updates for the 2021 school year.

  • July 22nd @ 1PM – 3PM                 Register Now
  • August 12th @ 10AM – 12PM        Register Now

Review of Enrollment Guidance Document – In this session we will be reviewing one of our most valuable online resources, our Enrollment Guidance document. This document depicts unique enrollment situations and who is responsible for what data requirements in these situations.

  • August 5th @10AM – 12PM           Register Now
  • August 10th @ 1PM – 3PM            Register Now

Maine DOE Update – July 2, 2020


From the Maine Department of Education

Reporting Items

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News & Updates

PRIORITY NOTICE: Invitation to a Conceptual Conversation Regarding Rule Chapter 124: Basic Approval Standards for Public Preschool

Since July 1, 2017, school approval standards governing implementation of public preschool programs in Maine have been in effect, as authorized by Title 20-A, Maine Revised Statutes, Chapters 203 and 206. Now that these rules, incorporated in Rule Chapter 124, have been in effect for several years, and in preparation for continued expansion of public preschool programming, the Maine Department of Education (Maine DOE) invites interested stakeholders to attend a conceptual conversation related to the rule on July 14, 2020 from 1pm-3pm via Zoom. The conceptual conversation will be an opportunity to provide feedback on current implementation of the Rule. If you are interested in being part of the conversation | More

Report Released on Maine’s State and Local Initiatives to Improve Outcomes for Children

On June 24, New America released a report describing efforts to expand and improve early education in Maine: Building Systems in Tandem – Maine’s State and Local Initiatives to Improve Outcomes for Children by David Jacobson. | More

Department of Education to Release Statewide Survey to Inform Framework for Returning to Classroom Instruction

Maine Department of Education continues to work with educators and health experts from across the State to develop health markers and corresponding plans to ensure the safe return to classroom instruction.  As this work develops, the Department is seeking input from additional stakeholders from across the State, and will release a survey on July 6. | More

Get to Know the DOE Team: Meet Margaret Harvey

Maine DOE team member Margaret (Meg) Harvey is being highlighted this week as part of the Get to Know the DOE Team Campaign. Learn a little more about Meg. | More

Maine Schools Sharing Success Stories

| Submit your Maine School Success Story |

Professional Development & Training Opportunities

Pre-K for ME Curriculum Training

The Early Learning Team at the Maine Department of Education is pleased to host this free training for public Pre-K teachers, ed techs and administrators. Together with four Pre-K teachers from RSU 57, we’ll provide a two-day training for those interested in implementing the newly developed, whole-child, comprehensive curriculum, Pre-K for ME. Access to curriculum units is free and available now | More

Find an Array of Virtual Support Sessions Crafted Just for Maine Educators and School Staff on the Maine DOE Website

The Maine Department of Education’s content specialists along with partnering educational leaders from the field continue to schedule, provide, and record a wide variety of virtual support sessions, professional development, and continued and engaging conversations over the summer | Find a schedule of upcoming sessions here | Find recorded sessions here.

| Visit the Professional Development Calendar |

Latest DOE Career/Project Opportunities

View current Maine Department of Education employment opportunities here