Maine DOE Update – January 23, 2020

From the Maine Department of Education


Reporting Items

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News & Updates

Read to ME Challenge to Kick-off February 3rd at Lincoln School in Augusta

Year five of the Read to ME Challenge is scheduled to begin on February 3, 2020.  Maine Department of Education Commissioner Pender Makin will launch the campaign by reading to children at the Lincoln School in Augusta.  | More

50+ School and District Leaders Come Together to Enhance Student Support and Instructional Practice

Collaboration and support was the primary focus of three recent technical assistance session held in Ellsworth, Brewer, and Augusta between 50+ school and district leadership teams and the Maine DOE ESEA Federal Program team members. | More

Organizations Needed to Feed Hungry Children this Summer

With the assistance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Maine public schools have long offered a nutritious breakfast and lunch meal program to thousands of income eligible children in Maine during the school year. To extend this program, Maine Department of Education Child Nutrition (Maine DOE) is seeking organizations who would like to participate in the federally funded Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which provides children healthy meals when school is not in session. | More

Maine DOE Launches Culinary Video Series to Support School Nutrition Programs

The Maine Department of Education (DOE), in collaboration with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, recently launched two sets of videos to help support Maine school nutrition programs around the state. | More

Get to know the DOE Team: Meet Roy Fowler

Maine DOE team member Roy Fowler is being highlighted this week as the part of a Get to know the DOE Team campaign. | More


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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

Maine Youth Action Network Offering Free Trainings Focused on Youth Engagement, Social Emotional Learning, and more!

For the 2019-2020 academic year, Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) is hosting 26 free Continuing Education Trainings that are focused on Youth Engagement, Social Emotional Learning, and more. Each of these trainings are free to attend, offer CEUS, and provide lunch. | More

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Maine DOE Update – January 17, 2020

From the Maine Department of Education


Reporting Items

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News & Updates

Commissioner Makin Begins 2020 with a Visit to Dover-Foxcroft and Dexter

On January 3rd Maine Department of Education’s Commissioner Pender Makin visited the Tri-County Technical Center (TCTC) in Dexter for a tour of the facility and to have a round-table discussion with students, educators, and legislators about successes and concerns from the Dover-Foxcroft/Dexter region. | More

Maine Department of Education Releases Updated Dyslexia Webpage

The Office of Special Services has updated their Special Initiatives page to further develop dyslexia awareness and to serve as a dyslexia toolkit for educators and families. | More

2019 Report on Census of Community-Based Environmental Learning in Maine Released

Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance and Maine Environmental Education Association announced the release of the Census of Community-Based Environmental Learning (CBEL) in Maine 2019 report on Monday, January 13, 2020 at a press conference at the Maine State House. | More

Get to know the DOE Team: Meet Jason Anderson

Maine DOE team member Jason Anderson is being highlighted this week as the part of a Get to know the DOE Team campaign.| More


Maine Schools Sharing Success Stories

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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

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Latest DOE Career/Project Opportunities

Maine DOE Update – January 10, 2020

From the Maine Department of Education


Reporting Items

Truancy Requirements and Reporting: FREE Q&A Webinar

In order to assist SAUs with their legislatively mandated student truancy data reporting, the Maine Department of Education Data and School and Student Supports Teams are jointly offering a free webinar to review the requirements, and answer questions from the field as they relate to the truancy reporting process. | More

Important Reminder: Due Date Approaches for Quarter 2 (Q2) Attendance, Behavior, Bullying, and Truancy Data Review

The Department of Education offers quarterly windows for districts to review, for accuracy and comprehensiveness, the data that has been entered and reported to us. It is our hope that review of this data on a more regular basis will save district personnel time and work at the end of the year, and that it will provide time for analysis and to make any necessary corrections. | More

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News & Updates

Student Cabinet Meets with Commissioner Makin to Discuss Education in Maine

Students from across Maine met with Maine Department of Education (DOE) Commissioner Pender Makin in Augusta for an all-day summit on December 20th. The students were each selected from a pool of nearly 300 applicants to be part of the Maine Department of Education’s first Student Cabinet. The 12/20 meeting was the first of four meetings to take place this school year. | More

Unified Guidance regarding LD 1370

In the first session of the 129th legislature, LD 1370, An Act To Address Dangerous Behavior in the Classroom, was passed. In a collaborative effort to provide unified guidance to our profession and colleagues, the leaders of Maine Department of Education(DOE), Maine Education Association (MEA), Maine Principals Association(MPA),Maine School Superintendents Association and Maine School Board Association (MSSA/MSBA), and Maine Administrators of Services for Children with Disabilities(MADSEC) have met and reached consensus on the following: | More

Maine DOE Releases RFP for 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program

The Maine Department of Education is pleased to announce the release of a request for proposals (RFP) seeking bids from interested parties to implement comprehensive 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) programming in 2012-2021.  It is anticipated that roughly $2M will be available to issue grant awards later this year. | More

Maine Department of Education Seeks Qualified Peer Reviewers for 21st CCLC Grant Proposals

The Maine Department of Education is seeking qualified peer reviewers to read, assess, and score competitive grant proposals for the 21st Century Community Leaning Centers (21st CCLC) Program.  This federally-funded grant program provides opportunities for schools and communities to develop “community learning centers” that serve children and youth during out-of-school time.  | More

Breakfast After The Bell Grant Funding Available!

Maine Department of Education’s School Nutrition Team is pleased to share that grant funding is available to school administrative units with a public school who wish to implement a breakfast program after the start of the school day with an alternative delivery model. | More

Ever Wonder How You Can Thank That Amazing Teacher? Nominate!

As part of the Maine Department of Education’s ongoing efforts to highlight Maine’s outstanding teachers, nominations are now open for the 2020 County Teachers of the Year and 2021 Teacher of the Year. Members of the public are encouraged to nominate educators who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and nurturing the achievement of all students. | More

PAEMST 2019-2020 Awards – Nominate a Teacher Today!!

The National Science Foundation is currently accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. PAEMST are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. Since 1983, more than 4,800 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. | More

Maine History Teacher of the Year: Nominations Open!

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is seeking nominations for the Maine History Teacher of the Year. | More

Maine Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) announces that high school students Ms. Elena Ray Clothier and Mr. Michael Paul Delorge will join Senator Susan M. Collins and Senator Angus S. King in representing Maine in the nation’s capital during the 58th annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 7 — 14, 2020. Elena Clothier of Lewiston and Michael Delorge of Limestone were selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation who will also each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study. | More

2020 High School SAT – SAA & ELL Request Dates – REMINDER

This is a reminder regarding 2020 high school Math and ELA/Literacy SAT accommodations dates: | More

Get to know the DOE Team: Meet Pam Ford-Taylor

I am the DOE School Enrollment Specialist for K-12.  This includes approving public and private schools, managing home instruction, coordinating Commissioner waivers and Superintendent agreement appeals, and conducting policy and analysis work related to student enrollment and eligibility. | More


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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

Free Training Available for Administration of State Assessment

In preparation for the 2020 Maine Educational Assessments (MEA) for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy for grades 3-8 (eMPowerME) and 3rd year of high school assessment administration (SAT), the Department, in collaboration with Cognia, eMetric and College Board, will be holding half-day regional training sessions on the following dates: | More

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Maine DOE Update – December 26, 2019

From the Maine Department of Education


Reporting Items

MaineCare Seed adjustments to be made, review Q1-20 reports by January 15, 2020

The recovery of Q1-20 MaineCare Seed will occur in the January 2020 subsidy payment, and the Maine Department of Education (MDOE) is asking School Administrative Units (SAUs) to review their reports by January 15, 2020 to ensure accurate adjustments to subsidy. SAU staff must review student by student claims on both the public and private MaineCare reports for Q1-20 by January 15, 2020. | More

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News & Updates

CDS Seeks Public Input on the Revised Part C System of Payments Policy

Child Development Services (CDS) seeking public input on its recently revised System of Payments policy for Part C services. The revised policy reflects the feedback that CDS received from stakeholders and the State Interagency Coordinating Council regarding the implementation of a family fee for receipt of Part C services for families who meet income guidelines. | More

ECTA’s Executive Summary of CDS Regional Stakeholder Meetings

In October of 2019, at  the request of Maine Department of Education (MDOE), technical assistance personnel from the IDEA Early Child Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) facilitated seven regional stakeholder groups to gain additional understanding of SAUs’ perspectives on the proposed transition of the transfer of responsibility for special education services for children, ages 3 to 5, to the public schools. ECTA’s Executive Summary of those meetings provides regional and statewide detail regarding both the opportunities and challenges that the proposed transition presents. | More


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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

WIDA Early Years Online Learning Modules (to Support Multilingual Children) Available at No Cost to Teachers and Administrators

The Maine Department of Education would like to remind Maine’s early care and education community that they are able to access to the WIDA Early Years online learning modules. These modules focus on supporting young multilingual children, ages 2.5 to 5.5 years and are available at no cost to teachers and administrators. Multilingual children, commonly referred to as dual language learners, are children who are developing more than one language. | More

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Maine DOE Update – December 20, 2019

From the Maine Department of Education


Reporting Items

Important Reminder: Due Date Approaches for Quarter 2 (Q2) Attendance, Behavior, Bullying, and Truancy Data Review

The Department of Education offers quarterly windows for districts to review, for accuracy and comprehensiveness, the data that has been entered and reported to us. It is our hope that review of this data on a more regular basis will save district personnel time and work at the end of the year, and that it will provide time for analysis and to make any necessary corrections. | More

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News & Updates

Keep Kids Moving, Keep Kids Learning!

During these cold winter days of cabin fever in the classroom, we want to support educators with resources to keep kids moving and engaged.  Evidence suggests a positive impact of physical activity on academic achievement and in reducing behavioral challenges. Active recess time, physical education classes, and utilizing action-based learning strategies in the classroom can all be part of the regular school day. | More

School-Based Services Training Survey, Due December 31.

 In partnership with our colleagues at Department of Health and Human Services(DHHS), we are asking special education directors to complete a brief survey regarding MaineCare, so we can better tailor professional development for special education providers.  | More

CTE Programs- Input Request!

In an effort to enhance Maine’s high quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, the Department of Education is seeking your input. | More

Get to know the DOE Team: Meet Morgan Dunton

Maine DOE team member Morgan Dunton is being highlighted this week as the part of a Get to know the DOE Team campaign! Learn a little more about Morgan in the brief question and answer below. | More


Maine Schools Sharing Success Stories

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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

Reminder: Register for Maine School Winter Wellness Summit on Jan 31

To assist those who are responsible for the important task of reporting quarterly attendance data to the Maine Department of Education, the DOE Data Team will be holding a webinar on Monday January 6th, from 11am to 12pm. | More

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