Assessment Capable Learning for the 21st Century -Save the Date!

Join the Maine Department of Education as we explore knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are necessary for 21st century careers and the intentional actions of educators to support students developing the skill and will to fuel their learning. Participants will delve into the principles of assessment capable learning as they examine strategies for building units of instruction that integrate multiple content areas. Sessions will be led by teams of the Department’s content specialists. Units will integrate combinations of world language, social studies, visual and performing arts, science, English language arts, health education and physical education, and mathematics. Units will also incorporate strategies for technology integration and family engagement.

School districts are encouraged to bring teams of three or more people. We will gather as teams at the beginning of the day for a panel and some discussion. Then, each team member will attend a different breakout session where they will experience integrated lessons and units incorporating the principles of assessment capable learners. Finally, at the end of the day, teams will reconvene to share, process, and apply what they experienced in the breakout sessions. Teams may include educators, administrators, instructional coaches, and special education instructors.  Schools are encouraged to include representation from multiple grade levels and all content areas when forming their teams.

When:

Elementary (Pk-5):

July 9th at the Ramada in Lewiston

July 24th at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer

Secondary (6-12):

July 10th at the Ramada in Lewiston

July 25th at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer

Cost:

$130/ team of 3 or $50/ person; lunch provided. Individual registrations are accepted but teams are preferred.

More details about this opportunity and the registration will be provided after April school vacation week.

For more information please contact Lee Anne Larsen, leeann.larsen@maine.gov or Beth Lambert, beth.lambert@maine.gov.

New Info-graphics for Schools and Communities on Electronic Nicotine Devices

At the Department of Education we recognize that schools across Maine are challenged on a daily basis with how to effectively address adolescent use of electronic nicotine devices.  Data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey indicated that use of electronic cigarettes, including products such as JUUL and Blu, by High School students increased by 78% between 2017 and 2018.  Our partners at the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence (CTI) developed a series of info-graphics to help Maine schools and communities understand what these products are, the dangers associated with youth use, and prevention and treatment resources available.  Check out these new resources, and also reach out to CTI for more information and to be connected with local resources at TobaccoPreventionServices@mainehealth.org.

 

Important federal grants for local communities on school safety and security just opened, apply soon!

The Department of Education is committed to providing timely information and support to school communities, including federal grant opportunities, in the ongoing efforts to ensure safe schools in the State of Maine. Please see below for new grant information; further questions about the grants and requirements should be directed to the grant providers.

Community Policing Development (CPD) Program

The 2019 Community Policing Development Program is a competitive grant program designed to advance the practice of community policing by providing guidance on promising practices through the development and testing of innovative strategies; building knowledge about effective practices and outcomes; and supporting new, creative approaches to preventing crime and promoting safe communities. The CPD solicitation is open to all public governmental agencies, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.

Applications are due by May 28, 2019 at 7:59 PM EDT.

Please click here for more information on the 2019 Community Policing Development Program.

Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program

The 2019 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act Program is a competitive grant program that provides funding to improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement through training and technical assistance, demonstration projects, and implementation of promising practices related to peer mentoring programs that are national in scope. The LEMHWA solicitation is open to all public governmental agencies, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, community groups, and faith-based organizations.  This grant may be of interest to school districts with a dedicated police force.

Applications are due by May 28, 2019 at 7:59 PM EDT.

Please click here for more information on the 2019 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act Program.

School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP)

The 2019 School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) is a competitive grant program that provides funding directly to states, units of local government, Indian tribes, and public agencies (including school districts and local law enforcement agencies) to be used to improve security at schools and on school grounds. Awards may include funding for coordination with local law enforcement; training for local law enforcement officers to prevent school violence against others and self; placement and use of metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures; acquisition and installation of technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency; and/or any other measure that may provide a significant improvement in security.  Special eligibility notice for school districts:  Applications for SVPP must be submitted by a state, tribe, or local unit of ‘general government (city, county, township, etc.), or public agencies (school districts, police departments, sheriff’s departments).

Applications are due by May 31, 2019 at 7:59 PM EDT.

Please click here for more information on the 2019 School Violence Prevention Program.

April 1 Attending Count

Open Date: 4/1/2019

Due Date: 4/15/2019

The April Attending Count Report will be available for districts to submit and certify, beginning on April 1st. Once submitted, the Department of Education will then review the reports and approve them, or return them for further information or clarification. If accepted, this will complete the April Attending Count report. If returned, the superintendent will receive notification about discrepancies; DOE staff is available to assist in reconciling the information.

The April Attending Count Reports will be used for calculating tuition rates in accordance with Title 20-A, §5805, subsection 1.B, which states: B. “The number of students shall be the average number of public secondary pupils enrolled on October 1st and April 1st of the same year.” This count will not be used for the Essential Services and Programs (EPS) School funding formula, but is still necessary for calculating the tuition rates. Please note that students who are attending outside placements at regional programs or special purpose private schools, are not included attending counts in the primary enrollment district.

Instruction on how to complete this report are available here:

https://www.maine.gov/doe/data-reporting/collection/helpdesk/resources/data-reporting-instructions

If you have any questions, feel free to contact:

Helpdesk – 207-624-6896

Trevor Burns (Student Data Coordinator) – 207-624-6678

Important Notice: Quarter 3 (Q3) Truancy, Behavior, Attendance and Bullying Data Review-due date approaches

The Department of Education offers quarterly windows for districts to review, for accuracy and comprehensiveness, the data that has been entered and reported to us. The fourth quarter review requires final certification for the annual data. It is our hope that review of this data on a more regular basis will save time and work at the end of the year, and will provide more time to make any necessary corrections.

The review period for Quarter 3 (Q3), which includes truancy, behavior, attendance and bullying, opens April 1st and review and submission is requested by April 15th. Again, certification is not required for Quarter 3 (Q3) reports; this will be obtained on the final, Quarter 4 (Q4), report.

Truancy review can be found here:

https://neo.maine.gov/DOE/neo/StudentData/BehaviorCertification/TruancyCertification/Index?reportId=18

Guidance on reporting truancy can be found here:

https://www.maine.gov/doe/data-reporting/collection/helpdesk/resources/truancy

Behavior review can be found here:

https://neo.maine.gov/DOE/neo/StudentData/BehaviorCertification/BehaviorCertification/Index?reportId=17

Guidance on reporting behavior can be found here:

https://www.maine.gov/doe/sites/maine.gov.doe/files/inline-files/BehaviorGuidanceSynergy_1.pdf

Attendance review can be found here:

https://neo.maine.gov/DOE/neo/StudentData/AttendanceCertification/AttendanceCertification/Index?reportId=12

Guidance on reporting attendance can be found here:

https://www.maine.gov/doe/data-reporting/collection/helpdesk/resources/attendance

Bullying review can be found here:

https://neo.maine.gov/doe/neo/brs

Guidance on reporting bullying can be found here:

https://www.maine.gov/doe/schools/safeschools/bullying

All due dates for reports are listed on the MDOE reporting calendar:

https://neo.maine.gov/DOE/neo/DCAR/Calendar

If you have difficulties navigating to Synergy or NEO, please call the Helpdesk at 624-6896 or email at medms.helpdesk@maine.gov

All quarterly reports are based on the following months and are cumulative:

  • Quarter One (Q1)– As of Oct 1 (to include July, August, Sept) – due Oct 15
  • Quarter Two (Q2) – As of Jan 1 (to include July through Dec) – due Jan 15
  • Quarter Three (Q3) – As of April 1 (to include July through March) – due April 15
  • Quarter Four (Q4)– As of July 1 (to include July through June) – due July 15