Standardized Assessment Task Force created to inform RFP process

The Standardized Assessment Task Force of 21 Maine educators are busy at work this summer as the state seeks a vendor/partner to carry out the Maine Educational Assessment for public school students in grades 3-8 and 11. In June, the task force met to discuss the successes and needed areas of improvement of the last … Continue reading Standardized Assessment Task Force created to inform RFP process

Educators invited to attend the 2015 MLTI Summer Institute – Don’t miss out

The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) invites educators to attend its 2015 Summer Institute scheduled July 21-23 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. This is an opportunity you do not want to miss as you learn new techniques and strategies that will help address proficiency-based learning, teacher accountability and higher order thinking skills. The annual professional … Continue reading Educators invited to attend the 2015 MLTI Summer Institute – Don’t miss out

Governor LePage signs charter school funding fix

LD 131 "An Act To Amend the Laws Related to Public Funding of Charter Schools” was signed May 8, 2015 by Governor LePage. Under the new law  Maine DOE will make monthly payments directly to approved public charter schools starting in FY16, the same way the Department has long distributed funds to traditional public school … Continue reading Governor LePage signs charter school funding fix

First Lady LePage, Acting Education Commissioner announce 2015 County Teachers of the Year

The 2016 Maine Teacher of the Year will be selected from the 16 honorees and named at a surprise all-school assembly this fall AUGUSTA – First Lady Ann LePage and Acting Education Commissioner Tom Desjardin marked Teacher Appreciation Week by announcing the top teacher from each Maine county at a State House ceremony today. Joining … Continue reading First Lady LePage, Acting Education Commissioner announce 2015 County Teachers of the Year

Maine DOE provides resources, guidance to support educator evaluation pilot

As parts of its commitment to ensuring all students have access to great teachers and leaders, the Maine DOE has developed a resource that districts can use to self-assess their readiness to pilot their Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth (PEPG) systems in the 2015-16 school year. The Pilot Readiness Guide provides: The current implementation timeline … Continue reading Maine DOE provides resources, guidance to support educator evaluation pilot

Maine DOE recognizes reward schools

The Maine DOE is recognizing 21 schools across the state for their high performance or progress as measured by the State’s federally required accountability system. As part of Maine’s approved application for flexibility under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA or No Child Left Behind), the State received a waiver to implement its own … Continue reading Maine DOE recognizes reward schools

Educators invited to 6th annual financial education conference

The Maine DOE is encouraging educators to attend the Fostering Financial Education in Maine Schools conference on May 1 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The conference, which is hosted by the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, is intended for educators, administrators and counselors who are interested in improving the financial capability of … Continue reading Educators invited to 6th annual financial education conference