Maine DOE Update – Week of April 3, 2020

 

From the Maine Department of Education


Reporting Items

EF-S-214 Data Entry Deadline Extended to May 15.

The Department’s School Finance Team needs the EF-S-214 data in order to calculate and apply any adjustments to the ED 279s prior to year-end. The EF-S-214 was opened to Maine School Administrative Units (SAUs) on March 1st for data entry.  We are providing as much time as we can to SAUs to get this data entry completed, but it MUST be entered no later than May 15th. This timeline will allow us to apply eligible adjustments to the current year High Cost Out-of-District allocation prior to the end of the fiscal year. | More

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News & Updates

PRIORITY NOTICE: Public Notice Emergency Declaration FEMA-344-EM-ME

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is giving public notice of its intent to provide financial assistance to the State of Maine, tribal and local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations under the national emergency declaration issued by the President on March 13, 2020, as a result of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”). FEMA is also giving public notice that, in some cases, it may provide financial assistance for activities that may affect historic properties, may be located in or affect wetland areas or the 100-year floodplain, and/or may involve critical actions within the 500-year floodplain.| More

Virtual Office Hours: A Preview of Next Week

The Maine Department of Education continues to schedule virtual office hours with Department Specialist to support educators and administrators during extended remote learning. Here is a preview of the schedule for next week. Please note that additional meetings will be added. | More

NOTE TO SELF: Remember to Breathe

During this Difficult Time Filled With Great Uncertainty- Please remember to take moments each day and Breathe On Purpose. A note from Kellie D. Bailey, Maine DOE SEL Specialist and Bear Shea, Maine DOE Mental Health / School Counselor Specialist | More

Maine DOE Increases Flexibility to School Meal Programs Feeding Children in Need

With the approval of yet another waiver to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and additional bulk packaging options, the Maine Department of Education has been able to add significant flexibility to its school food service programs, enabling schools to provide meals to students all over Maine, increasing the potential to reach even more hungry children in a more meaningful way. | More

PRIORITY NOTICE: Update and Guidance From Commissioner Makin: April 1, 2020

As we close in on the third week of remote instruction, please know that your resilient leadership and ongoing efforts are making a huge difference for Maine students and families. While everything is so suddenly chaotic and unfamiliar to everyone, our schools continue to shine like a beacon of hope. | More

PRIORITY NOTICE:  Unified Guidance Regarding Executive Orders and School Personnel:  All School Services and Employees are Essential

As our state and nation face unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 state of emergency, it is more critical than ever that Maine schools and school employees work together to provide the deeply needed services of continuity of education, communications, connectivity, payroll, other administrative activities, custodial services, transportation/deliveries,  and student nutrition. | More

Broadening the Path: Design Principles for Middle Grades CTE

The middle grades have become the agreed upon starting point for high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, as this represents a critical time for students making important decisions that may have a lasting impact on their careers. Yet, there remains a lack of consensus among state and local leaders on what makes up a high-quality middle grades CTE program or policy. | More

Celebrating National Poetry Month

The Maine Department of Education is celebrating National Poetry Month throughout the month of April. Find resources for accessing poetry, prepared lessons, and activities for educators and parents to supplement remote learning, and to celebrate and appreciate the beauty of poetry all month. | More

Get to know the DOE Team: Meet Erin Frazier

Maine DOE team member Erin Frazier is being highlighted this week as part of the Get to know the DOE team campaign. Learn a little more about Erin.  | More


Commissioner Updates Regarding Covid-19 Response

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Maine Schools Sharing Success Stories

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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

Virtual Meetings Available Again Next Week

The Maine Department of Education continues to schedule virtual office hours with Department Specialist to support educators and administrators during extended school closures. During these meetings, our specialists will be available to provide support and guidance regarding distance learning and school supports, as well as to facilitate networking and resource sharing between educators. | See the Schedule

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Latest DOE Career/Project Opportunities

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Maine DOE Update – Week of March 27, 2020

 

From the Maine Department of Education


Reporting Items

April 1 Enrollment Count, as Required by Statute

As we are all aware, these are unprecedented times with unique challenges, however the Maine Department of Education is asking schools to submit and have their superintendents certify their April Enrollment Count Report. While many Maine state reporting requirements have been suspended, there is need for these data for purposes of calculating public school tuition rates. | More

New Webinar: April Enrollment Count Report

To assist those who are responsible for the important task of reporting student data to the Maine Department of Education, the DOE Data Team will be holding a webinar on Tuesday April 7th, from 1pm to 2pm. | More

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News & Updates

Maine Receives Approval to Waive Assessment, Accountability and School Identifications

The Maine Department of Education  is excited to announce that the request submitted to the U.S. Department of Education to waive assessments, accountability and school identifications (SY 20-21) has been granted with formal written approval to be received in the coming weeks. | More

PRIORITY NOTICE: Urging States to Continue Educating Students with Disabilities, Secretary DeVos Publishes New Resource on Accessibility and Distance Learning Options

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Department has released new information clarifying that federal law should not be used to prevent schools from offering distance learning opportunities to all students, including students with disabilities. This new resource from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) explains that as a school district takes necessary steps to address the health, safety, and well-being of all its students and staff, educators can use distance learning opportunities to serve all students. | More

PRIORITY NOTICE: Meals-to-You: Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Policy

Meals-to-You is an alternative method available to school districts to provide meals during unanticipated school closures. Originally started as a pilot program, Meals to You is a collaboration between the United States Department of Agriculture and Baylor University wherein eligible students unreached by traditional Summer Food Service Programs (SFSP) receive shelf stable, nutritious meals right at their door step that children can prepare on their own. This program is directed towards rural families, for whom traditional SFSP options are a challenge due to distance and transportation. The program is at no cost to the district. | More

Open Invitation for Maine School Staff: Brain Centered Emotional Support Sessions Available Twice Daily

All Maine school staff (admins, educators, bus drivers, nutrition staff, nurses, ed techs, and support staff) invited to join Maine Department of Education Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Specialist Kellie D. Bailey and Mental Health/School Counselor Specialist Bear Shea for virtual mental wellness sessions bookending the beginning and end of each day. | More

Maine DOE Stays Connected with Educators Through Daily Virtual Office Hours

In an otherwise isolating time, Maine Department of Education (DOE) staff have never felt more connected to Maine’s education field. Through daily virtual office hours, Maine DOE staff have been hosting content specific and mindfulness online meetings with school staff in an effort to answer questions, connect teachers and other school staff with one another… | More

Virtual Meetings Available Again Next Week

The Maine Department of Education continues to schedule virtual office hours with Department Specialist to support educators and administrators during extended school closures. During these meetings, our specialists will be available to provide support and guidance regarding distance learning and school supports, as well as to facilitate networking and resource sharing between educators. | See the Schedule

Mitchell Scholarship for Maine High School Seniors Extends Deadline

Given the current circumstances, the Mitchell Institute is extending the Mitchell Scholarship application deadlines by one month. | More

School Transportation: FMCSA Emergency Declaration and CDL Waiver-3.24.20

Questions and Answers detailing waivers and exemptions, drug and alcohol testing and medical examiner certificates.  | More

March 27th is International SEL Day

Urban Assembly and SEL4US encourage educators around the World to recognize the importance of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) on this International SEL Day. | More

Get to know the DOE Team: Meet Susan Wilson

Maine DOE Team member Susan Wilson is being highlighted this week as part of the Get to know the DOE Team Campaign. Learn a little more about Susan in the brief question and answer below. | More


Commissioner Updates Regarding Covid-19 Response

| See All Recent Covid-19 Updates from Commission Makin |


Maine Schools Sharing Success Stories

| Submit your Maine School Success Story |


Professional Development & Training Opportunities

| Visit the Professional Development Calendar |


Latest DOE Career/Project Opportunities

View current Maine Department of Education employment opportunities here


 

Maine DOE Update – March 20, 2020

 

From the Maine Department of Education


Reporting Items

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News & Updates

Maine Schools Providing Meals to Students During Extended Remote Learning; Interactive Map Now Available

Through a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Maine Department of Education is able to extend the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) allowing school districts and community partners to provide meals to students during extended remote learning due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. | More

PRIORITY NOTICE: Guidance for Governor’s Executive Order Regarding Employees in Maine’s Public Schools

Guidance for the Governor’s Executive in an Question and Answer format.  | More

PRIORITY NOTICE: Proposed Rulemaking for Rule Chapter 112

Chapter 112 contains procedures guiding the operations of the Professional Standards Board in its role under Title 20-A, Chapter 502-B to make recommendations to the State Board of Education and advise the Department of Education on certification issues. The rule was filed with the Secretary of State’s Office on March 13, 2020. | More

PRIORITY NOTICE: Virtual Meetings Available Again Next Week

The Maine Department of Education continues to schedule virtual office hours with Department Specialist to support educators and administrators during extended school closures. During these meetings, our specialists will be available to provide support and guidance regarding distance learning and school supports, as well as to facilitate networking and resource sharing between educators. A schedule for early next week is expected to be ready Friday afternoon (3/20). | See the Schedule

PRIORITY NOTICE: Important Message From Commissioner Makin (Originally Issued March 15, 2020)

As determined by Governor Mills’ declaration of a civil emergency, we recommend that schools cease classroom based instruction as soon as practicable and for an indefinite period of time. Local communities may manage this in different ways in terms of scheduling time and logistical support for students and families to access belongings left at school and to receive remote or distance learning materials if applicable. | More

2020 MLTI Student Conference Cancelled

Due to the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the State of Maine and across the U.S., the Maine Department of Education has decided to cancel the 2020 MLTI Student Conference, which was scheduled for May 21, 2020. | More

Federally Required State Assessment- An Update

As many Maine school districts are working proactively to protect students and educators amid the COVID-19 issue by either implementing non-traditional instruction or closing schools, the Maine DOE is actively working on behalf of Maine schools and students.  Due to school district closures at this time, the following has transpired: | More

Guidance from CDC for School-Based Operations

A message from Emily Poland, Nurse Consultant with Maine Department of Education, relaying guidance from the CDC around nutrition, health and supplies.  | More

Get to know the Maine DOE Team: Meet Deqa Dhalac

To assist those who are responsible for the important task of reporting dropout data to the Maine Department of Education, the DOE Data Team will be holding a webinar on Wednesday March 18th, from 1pm to 2pm. | More


Maine Schools Sharing Success Stories

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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

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Latest DOE Career/Project Opportunities

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Maine DOE Update – March 13, 2020

 

From the Maine Department of Education


Reporting Items

MaineCare Seed Adjustments to be Made, Review Q2 20 Reports by April 10, 2020

The recovery of Q2 20 MaineCare Seed will occur in the April 2020 subsidy payment and the Maine DOE is asking School Administrative Units (SAUs) to review their reports by April 10, 2020 to ensure accurate adjustments to subsidy. SAU staff must review student by student claims on both the public and private MaineCare reports for Q220 by April 10, 2020. | More

New Webinar: The EF-S-05 Part II Special Education Staff Certification Report

To assist those who are responsible for the important task of reporting Special Education Staff data to the Maine Department of Education, the DOE Data Team will be holding a webinar on Thursday March 12th, from 10am to 11am. | More

New Webinar: New Dropout Certification and Details Reports

To assist those who are responsible for the important task of reporting dropout data to the Maine Department of Education, the DOE Data Team will be holding a webinar on Wednesday March 18th, from 1pm to 2pm. | More

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News & Updates

Comments Sought on Maine’s IDEA Part B Application

The Maine Department of Education is seeking comments from the public on its annual application for federal funds under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which covers services to children with disabilities, ages 3-20. | More

Registration is Open for the 17th Annual MLTI Student Conference

Registration for the 2020 MLTI Student Conference will be open from Monday, March 11th  until Friday, April 10th. The Conference will take place on Thursday, May 21st at the University of Maine campus in Orono. | More

County Teachers of the Year Meet with Legislative Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs

The 2019 County Teachers of the Year and the 2020 State Teacher of the Year met with the Legislative Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs last week. An annual event of the Maine State Teacher of the Year Program, the educators spent over an hour discussing relevant topics from their region with Maine legislators. | More

USDA Approves Waiver from Maine DOE to Allow Schools Flexibility in Meal Services During School Closures

The Maine Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Team today received approval for a waiver from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services. The waiver will allow schools the ability to provide meals offsite to students, if the school or community currently has, or qualifies for, a USDA Summer Food Service Program(SFSP). The Department of Education applied for the waiver as they continue to assist Maine schools in the proactive planning for a disruption to schools in the face of the concerns of COVID-19. | More

Reconvening and Implementation of ESSA Advisory Work Groups – Members Wanted!

The Maine Department of Education is excited to announce the reconvening and expansion of  the ESSA Advisory work groups to four (4) regional locations. The ESSA Advisory work groups will meet with the specific goal of being a collaborative thought partner, providing feedback regarding the development and refinement of Maine’s Model of School Supports (formerly known as the accountability model) to ensure the model is in the best interest of Maine schools and students, while ensuring compliance with federal requirements.  | More

TechHire Maine Grant Underway! Training to Join Maine’s Information Technology Workforce!

In July 2016, Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. (CCWI) was awarded $4,000,000 through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration to highlight Maine’s Information Technology (IT) industry and create a pipeline of skilled workers. TechHire Maine a five-year grant, recruits, assesses, trains and places individuals in occupations in Maine’s IT industry. | More


Maine Schools Sharing Success Stories

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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

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Latest DOE Career/Project Opportunities

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Maine DOE Update – March 6, 2020

 

From the Maine Department of Education


Reporting Items

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News & Updates

Oakhurst Donates $300,000 for Maine Students!

Today at Westbrook Middle School, Oakhurst Dairy President John Bennett announced that the company will be donating $300,000 over the next three years to feed Maine’s students. The donation will be in partnership with Full Plates, Full Potential to fund the Oakhurst After School meal grant program.   An initial $30,000 in grants will go to two school districts and seven nonprofits to get their programming underway. | More

RECOGNIZING GREAT EDUCATORS: Department of Education Talent Pool!

The Maine Department of Education believes that by promoting the excellence that exists in classrooms and schools across Maine, we will increase the trust and respect given to educators, and encourage and support others in an outstanding career working with Maine’s students.| More

Get to know the Maine DOE Team: Meet Tammy Ranger

Maine DOE team member Tamara (Tammy) Ranger is being highlighted this week as part of the Get to know the Maine DOE Team Campaign. | More

Maine Schools Sharing Success Stories

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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

Maine DOE Seeks Applicants for Paid Professional Learning Opportunity

The Maine Department of Education is seeking applications from qualified individuals interested in learning more about the competitive grant process.  Selected applicants will be trained to serve as peer reviewers who assist the Department in to reviewing, assessing, and scoring competitive grant proposals for the 21st Century Community Leaning Centers (21st CCLC) Program.  The 21st CCLC program is a federally-funded education program that provides competitive funding for schools and communities to develop before-school, after-school, and summer educational programs that support students and their families. More

2020 Beyond the Basics Conference focused on Inclusive Suicide Prevention Strategies – April 10  

The theme of this year’s conference is Building Hope Across Populations. It will feature national experts on inclusive suicide prevention strategies and breakout sessions that will explore how to serve Maine’s at-risk, diverse, and growing populations. The audience is professionals, educators, clinicians, first responders, and community members from across the state looking to enrich their skills with best practice information, guidance, and resources around suicide response and prevention. | More

Comprehensive Sexuality Education Conference – Cultivating a Culture of Consent April 3

Department of Education is providing this information to educators, students and parents as a resource. This is not a Maine DOE sponsored event.  This exciting two-day conference in the cozy seaside town of Rockport, Maine focuses on the intersection of education and innovation. Here, you can mix it up… and, yes, collide…with leading educators, students, entrepreneurs, and industry thought leaders. | More

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Latest DOE Career/Project Opportunities

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