Department of Education Seeks Educators for Standards Revision Writing Teams

As a part of our regular review cycle schedule, The Department of Education is performing a review of the Maine Learning Results for English language arts, career and education development, and mathematics, and is looking for participants to serve as part of the writing teams for each content area. The purpose of each writing team is to revise the current standards based on guidance provided from a steering committee. For more information about the standards review process, check the new Maine DOE standards revision website.

The Department will be convening three writing teams, one for each content area under review. The writing teams will serve as a representative sample of Maine K-12 educators covering K-12 grade levels, geographic locations, and content area strengths. While specific dates are still to be determined, a majority of the work will take place in July and August, and will include at least one face to face meeting in Augusta.

All interested educators are encouraged to participate. To help ensure that the geographic diversity of our state is represented, those who teach in the following counties are strongly encouraged to apply: Hancock, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, or Washington.

Participants will receive contact hours for time worked, be reimbursed for travel costs, and be provided lunch at face to face meetings.

If you are interested in participating as a member of one of these writing teams, please complete the application associated with your desired content area by 4:00pm on Friday, May 24th to be considered. We will reach out to interested participants with more information in the coming weeks.

Links to Writing Team Applications:

English Language Arts: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ELAwriting2019

Career and Education Development: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NG69J98

Mathematics: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MathWTApp

For further information, contact Beth Lambert at (207) 624-6642 or beth.lambert@maine.gov.

 

2019-2020 Maine Education Financial System (MEFS) Budget Upload now open

It is school budget time of year again for each school administrative unit (SAU) and Career & Technical Regions. School district budget uploads are due within 30 days of the school budget passing, or by August 2, whichever comes later. This is in accordance with 20-A M.R.S. Chapter 606-B.

Municipal school units and Charter Schools must upload the budget expenditure and revenue files to MEFS, submit the school budgets warrant articles, budget meeting minutes, and vote declaration of the referendum (if required) to the department.

Regional School Units, School Administrative Districts, Community School Districts must upload the budget expenditure and revenue files to MEFS, submit the school budget warrant articles, budget meeting minutes, vote declaration of the referendum (if required), and fill out the EF-M-46 in NEO.

Career & Technical Regions must upload the budget expenditure and revenue files to MEFS along with meeting minutes of the meeting where the budget was approved and fill out the EF-M-46V in NEO.

Budget uploads to MEFS must reconcile to the budget warrant articles and other supporting documents.

For more information or assistance please contact Denise Towers, 624-6863 or Tyler Backus, 624-6635.

CTE Statewide Plan Development

The Maine Department of Education Career and Technical Education Team is currently developing a CTE Statewide Plan. This plan is being developed to address the requirements as part of the Carl D. Perkins federal funding that Maine receives to support CTE.  As part of developing this plan, we are holding regional stakeholder meetings throughout the state, in order to get feedback and input and to share some of the initiatives around Career and Technical Education. These meetings are open to the public and we welcome the opportunity to hear from many stakeholders.

The times and locations for all of the regional stakeholder meetings are as follows:

Tuesday April 23, 2019

United Technology Center; Bangor, Maine

From: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 24, 2019

Westbrook Regional Vocational Center; Westbrook, Maine

From: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Thursday April 25, 2019

Capital Area Technical Center; Augusta, Maine

From: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 1, 2019

Caribou High School; Caribou, Maine

From: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Dwight A. Littlefield, State Director for CTE, at dwight.a.littlefield@maine.gov.

 

 

Maine FFA State Vice President Promotes Student Leadership Opportunities at Maine Agriculture Day

James Hotham, Maine FFA State Vice President (second from right) joins State FFA Advisor Doug Robertson, Legislative Aide David Knorr, Representative Dustin White and Maine DOE Staff Support Specialist Faith McLaughlin at display in the Hall of Flags.

Maine FFA State Vice President, James Hotham, joined representatives from a number of Maine agriculture and natural resources organizations in the Maine State House on Maine Agriculture Day, March 21, 2019.

In addition to staffing a display on his 500-member agriculture student leadership organization, James and Maine FFA participants Doug Robertson & Faith McLaughlin in the Maine Department of Education were recognized by the Maine House of Representatives courtesy of Aroostook County Representative Dustin White.

James Hotham speaks before members of the Maine Legislature’s Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs.

James also had the opportunity to present to the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs information on the statewide organization for students grades 7-12 in programs related to agriculture and natural resources, with chapters extending from Sanford to Caribou.  He explained that FFA members gain valuable technical and leadership skills to assist them in future careers.  For those interested in chartering new chapters, James noted that technical agriculture and natural resources programs would qualify schools for membership, as would science curricula incorporating these concepts and including features such as school gardens or greenhouses.  He encouraged legislators to promote FFA to their home communities and elsewhere in the state so that more students could take advantage of opportunities such as the $2,000,000 in national scholarships, exciting competitions, travel opportunities, and top-notch leadership trainings.

For more information on FFA and on starting a new FFA chapter, please contact State FFA Advisor in the Maine Department of Education, Doug Robertson, doug.robertson@maine.gov  (207) 624-6744

 

 

 

Exciting Summer Agriculture Opportunity for Teachers!

Teachers of all grades:  Looking for an exciting and informative summer opportunity related to agriculture?  Consider the upcoming July 29 – August 2, 2019 “Agriculture for ME on Land and Sea” Summer Teachers’ Institute. Located at the University of New England, on their beautiful coastal Biddeford Campus, and offered by Maine Agriculture in the Classroom!  With stimulating local trips, talks featuring hands-on activities, and high quality lesson plans to take home with you, this event promises to be a great success.  The cost of the 5-day training (registering through July 1st) is just $200, including lodging, travel and meals, with scholarships available.  Participants will receive 36 contact hours, or 3.6 CEUs, from the University of Maine for re-certification credit, as well as many valuable materials.  For further information, and to register, please go to https://www.agclassroom.org/me/programs/summer_inst.htm For any additional questions, please contact Maine Agriculture in the Classroom at maitc@mainel.gov or (207)287-5522.