Category Archives: Instruction

Professional development opportunity for education technicians working with students with challenging behaviors

The Maine DOE’s Special Services division will provide a free, professional development opportunity for education technicians working within special education. For convenience, the one-day training will occur in two separate locations in October.

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UMaine 4-H offering new “ Follow a ResearcherTM” opportunity for classrooms

The University of Maine is once again gearing up for a Follow a ResearcherTM expedition!  Follow a ResearcherTM is an innovative University of Maine 4-H program that connects youth with a graduate student while the graduate student is conducting field research in a remote location. This October the program is going to Antarctica with Lynn, a PhD student at the University of Maine, to study ice and glacial movement.  Lynn’s project involves Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and lots of modeling and numbers.

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2016 fall assessment workshops – MAARS & SAT reporting systems

Training for the Maine Assessment and Accountability Reporting System (MAARS – replacing iServices) and redesigned SAT are now scheduled and will be held in various locations (Portland, Waterville, Bangor, Lewiston, Presque Isle) during the week of October 31.

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Maine DOE encourages arts educators to attend pre-conference during the Maine International Conference on the Arts

Maine DOE and the Maine Arts Commission invite visual and performing arts educators to attend a half-day workshop led by Cheryl Hulteen, author of YES YES GOOD: The heART of Teaching, during the Maine International Conference on the Arts. Participants of the workshop, Teaching Artful Practice/Practice Artful Teaching, will create personal artful pathways for students to express and explore creative voice through the arts.

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English language teacher leaders attend ESL Summer Academy at UMaine

English learner educators from twenty-five school districts participated in the ESL Summer Academy at UMaine in Orono where participants engaged in activities to facilitate professional development planning based on the needs of their schools and districts. This valuable training supports educators as they become in-house facilitators, building capacity within districts to develop all teachers into teachers of English language to further support the needs of all students.

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Putting Reading First in Maine videos now available online

The Putting Reading First in Maine instructional video collection, a key resource featuring reading instruction and assessment practices happening in Maine schools, is now available online. Maine educators, especially those who work in the K-5 grade span or with secondary level students in need extra assistance with reading, are encouraged to access this collection of resources for professional learning.

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Governor LePage and Deputy Commissioner Beardsley tap Dr. Robert Hasson to join Blue Ribbon Commission as chair

AUGUSTA – Dr. William Beardsley, Deputy Commissioner of the Maine Department of Education, announced today that he has accepted an invitation from Governor LePage to serve as the Governor’s designee on the Commission to Reform School Funding and Improve Student Performance in Maine, creating a vacancy on the commission for a representative from the Department of Education, the seat previously held by Dr. Beardsley.

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First Early Childhood Education Institute planned for this month

The Maine Department of Education’s first Early Childhood Education (ECE) Institute will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on August 23-24 for over 200 invited ECE professionals.

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Math teaching improves for students with disabilities

The Maine Department of Education provided three of its five days of intensive Foundations of Math training last month to some 30 educators in the Lewiston-Auburn and Turner areas. The rest of the training will take place in early August. The training is an integral piece of Maine DOE’s “Math4ME” special education initiative, designed to improve math achievement for Maine students with disabilities.

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Maine College Transitions program for adult learners

The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) has teamed up with the Maine Department of Education to help spread the word about the Maine College Transitions program to help prepare adult learners for college and careers.

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