Category Archives: Instruction

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


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

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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

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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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