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. In addition to providing a meaningful educational experience of poetry in written and spoken form, … Continue reading Poetry Out Loud registration open

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

Estimated release dates of 2015-16 assessment data

The Maine Department of Education is negotiating a contract with vendor FocalPointK12 to deliver the 2015-16 assessment results via an online reporting system. The Maine Assessment and Accountability Reporting System (MAARS) is expected to be launched in the coming months and will provide both public and confidential access to data, replacing Measured Progress' iServices portal. To keep educators and … Continue reading Estimated release dates of 2015-16 assessment data

Registration open for 2016 Summer Literacy Institute

The Maine Department of Education is pleased to announce registration is now open for the 2016 Summer Literacy Institute: High Impact Instructional Routines and Strategies. The one-day institute will provide a foundation for ongoing professional development throughout the 2016-17 school year. Participants will increase their understanding of Maine ELA and literacy student learning standards and explore … Continue reading Registration open for 2016 Summer Literacy Institute

Assessment strategies for the theatre classroom

Assessment is part of the educational process. However, assessment can become an afterthought in the theatre classroom due to educator concerns that theatre is too subjective to assess successfully or that traditional assessment tools are not applicable to a performance-based discipline. Fortunately, theatre gurus, Susan K. Green and Stephen Gundersheim, have identified the following six … Continue reading Assessment strategies for the theatre classroom

Proficiency Council Preliminary Report presented to Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs

The Maine DOE and the Proficiency Council recently presented the Proficiency Council Preliminary Report to members of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. The council continues to discuss the exact mechanisms for reporting the details of student achievement including but not limited to career pathway licensure and other credentials that should be reflected … Continue reading Proficiency Council Preliminary Report presented to Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs

Department releases Standards Review Panel Report

The Maine DOE has finalized for release the report from the Maine Learning Standards Review Panel. This broad-based panel was convened by Commissioner Jim Rier in 2014 to review the state’s English language arts and mathematics standards. The panel used a consensus protocol to review individual grade level components in each of the content area … Continue reading Department releases Standards Review Panel Report