Category Archives: Educator Effectiveness

Maine school districts begin school year with new teacher and principal evaluation systems

AUGUSTA – As the 2016-17 school year gets underway, Maine schools are undertaking newly revised teacher and principal evaluation systems. This year, for the first time, the majority of teachers and principals will be evaluated based on a professional practice model using a system that incorporates a student growth measure for educators.

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Maine DOE updates teacher mentoring materials for 2016-17

The Maine DOE is announcing the official release of the newly revised teacher mentoring materials for the 2016-17 school year. The new materials have been reviewed and reworked, and replace older versions of print-based documents.

All mentoring materials are now available here on the Department’s Educator Effectiveness website including presentations, forms, training templates and video.

The new materials are comprehensive and make teacher mentoring a vital part of the overall effectiveness of a teacher. This support system is not only essential in growing and supporting our new teachers  but affords highly effective teachers an opportunity to expand their leadership.

For more information contact the Department’s Educator Effectiveness Coordinator Charles Lomonte at or 624-6748.

Educator prep programs focus at higher education workshop

At the beginning of the month, higher education representatives gathered with Maine Department of Education staff to learn about, talk with, and come up with plans for educator preparation programs throughout Maine colleges and universities with educator career tracks.

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Summer Literacy Institute draws nearly 400 educators

The Maine Department of Education’s English language arts/literacy team worked with educator groups across the K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grade spans this month as they continue to develop proficiency systems in their schools. Educators explored high impact instructional routines and strategies that support students’ literacy learning and discussed methods of integrating these into their everyday teaching practices.

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Maine DOE seeks districts to apply for TIF grant to support teachers and leaders in high-need schools – IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED

The Maine Department of Education is in the process of applying for a third, five-year Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant. This latest round of federal grants, called TIF 5, will expand the number of Maine Schools for Excellence (MSFE) districts and offer the opportunity for 20-30 additional high-need schools to gain access to quality educator effectiveness programs, professional development and performance-based compensation.

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Department clarifies impact of changes to educator effectiveness law

On March 24, 2016 revisions to 20-A MRSA Chapter 508 were made clarifying statutory language pertaining to the use of the PEPG systems for all School Administrative Units (SAU) in Maine.

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RSU 21 submits first PEPG approved plan

Earlier this month, the Maine Department of Education recognized the RSU 21 Kennebunk School District as the first school administrative unit to be approved for its performance evaluation and professional growth (PEPG) system plan.

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Student learning objectives regional trainings proved to be valuable to SAUs

Last month, the Maine Department of Education held regional trainings for over 350 educators from school administrative units (SAUs) around the state. The trainings were held in Portland, Farmington, Ellsworth, and Presque Isle. The Maine DOE hosted presenters from the Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC) in all four locations.

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PEPG Submittal Form available online Feb. 1

The Maine DOE is pleased to offer the 2016 PEPG Submittal Form to all school administrative districts. SAUs may start entering data into the form on Feb. 1 and attach their Performance Evaluation Professional Growth (PEPG) system plans directly to the online form.

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Student Learning Objective (SLO) training for districts

Maine DOE is proud to offer Student Learning Objective (SLO) training to school administrative units (SAUs) to help support of the development of Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth (PEPG) systems. These regional trainings will be available in four locations throughout the state.

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