Maine DOE’s Early Childhood Education Conference

Registration is now open for the Maine DOE’s Early Childhood Education Conference. The conference will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on August 14-16, 2017 and is intended for PreK and Kindergarten early childhood staff and administrators.

There are two training tracks to choose from and space is limited:

1. Building Blocks PreK Curriculum Training Track ($250.00) 3 days – this training session is appropriate for PreK teachers and Ed Techs and also for Kindergarten teachers that may be interested in understanding the PreK math curriculum for building alignment.
2. STEAM Training Track ($50.00) 2 days – This track is appropriate for any PreK or Kindergarten teacher.

Continental breakfast and lunch are provided each day as part of the conference registration.

Financial Aid is available.

Register for Early Childhood Conference

For more information contact Maine DOE’s Early Childhood Specialist Sue Reed at or 624-6632.

Maine DOE issues reminder to complete survey on the identification and exit criteria for English learners

This notice is a reminder asking everyone in the education community to take a few minutes to complete a survey on how to identify English learners and when to exit English learners from service. Take the Survey Now

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, states are required to establish a uniform method of identifying and reclassifying English learners. Although Maine currently has these uniform procedures, it has been more than a decade since Maine has made any amendments to its Home Language Survey, and it was in 2013 that Maine underwent its latest data study to review English learners’ performance on academic assessments and their correlating WIDA ACCESS for ELLs scores. With the administration of the new ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and changes in academic assessments, the Maine Department of Education is taking this opportunity to elicit public input, along with data, to determine the best methods to ensure a valid and reliable identification procedure as well as fair and appropriate exit criteria. To begin the process, here is a brief survey to help guide the Department. Take the Survey Now

In addition, please feel free to reach out directly to Maine DOE’s ESL Consultant April Perkins at or 441-9043 to share additional thoughts, comments and suggestions not captured by the survey.  

For more information about educational or English language acquisition services for English learners to ESL/Bilingual Programs, contact Maine DOE’s Director of ESL/Bilingual Programs Nancy Mullins at or 624-6788.

Maine Department of Education invites all teachers of mathematics to attend a regional professional development session

Connecting Mathematics Instruction to Support Student Engagement and Understanding: Digging into the Content K-12


Michele Mailhot, Maine DOE Mathematics Specialist

Cheryl Tobey, Maine DOE Mathematics Specialist


These two full-day sessions will focus on the K-12 progression of learning within given topics.

During these sessions participants will:

  • develop an understanding of how students’ knowledge and skills develop over time
  • investigate the learning progressions within the K-12 standards
  • connect the mathematics teaching practices to support instructional strategy choices
  • try related instructional strategies in their classrooms
  • bring back student work to examine
  • identify student and teacher indicators of practice

Participants are encouraged to have copies of:

Participants will be provided a copy of the following for their indicated grade span (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and high school):

Cost: $155.00 per person which includes coffee, lunch, and materials.  Registration and full payment is required prior to attendance at the first session. Payments must be received by December 16, 2016. No Purchase Orders Accepted.

Use this link to sign up for a session closest to you!

An email confirmation will be sent within a week of receiving your payment. Confirmed registrations are nonrefundable.

Make checks payable to: Treasurer, State of Maine

Mail payment to:                      

Maine Department of Education

Attn: Carole King

23 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333

Time: Registration and coffee begins at 8:00, Session: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Location Dates Grade Span
Presque Isle, Northern Maine Community College, 33 Edgemont Drive Wednesday: January 25, 2017

Tuesday: May 2, 2017

Brewer, Jeff’s Catering, 15 Littlefield Road Friday: January 27, 2017

Thursday: May 4, 2017

Saco, Ramada Inn, 352 North Street Tuesday: January 31, 2017

Wednesday: April 26, 2017

Farmington, UMF, 111 South Street (North Dining Hall) Thursday: February 2, 2017

Friday: April 28, 2017


Blue Ribbon Commission To Meet Monday, October 17

Augusta – The next meeting of the Commission to Reform Public Education Funding and Improve Student Performance in Maine will be held on Monday, Oct. 17 at 9:00 a.m. at the Lewiston Regional Technical Center. The Lewiston Regional Technical Center is located at 156 East Avenue in Lewiston. A copy of the meeting agenda and documents relating to the Commission’s work will be posted here as they are made available.

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Poetry Out Loud registration open

Maine high schools are invited to register for Poetry Out Loud, a nationwide program that encourages youth to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation while helping students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

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

Please note the original location of the Oct. 25 training has changed and will now be held in Brewer. As of Oct. 5, the Oct. 24 session remains open; all slots have been filled for Oct. 25.

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 Researcher” 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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