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

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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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Maine DOE Update – February 28, 2020

 

From the Maine Department of Education


Reporting Items

Special Education Staff Certification Opens March 1

The Special Education Staff Certification (EF-S-05 Part II) will open for verification and certification on March 1, 2020 and will close on April 15, 2020. | More

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News & Updates

PRIORITY NOTICE: Reminders for School Communities Regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

The Maine Department of Education, in collaboration with, and with guidance from The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), issued information to School Administrative Unit (SAU) leaders last month about the coronavirus outbreak. This is a reminder and update of that information; we will continue to work with Maine CDC and provide updated guidance and information, as it becomes available. Schools and districts should review and keep their School Emergency Operations Plans up to date, including portions of the plan that address infectious diseases. | More

Update – Teacher Shortage Areas For 2020-2021 School Year

The U.S. DOE annually designates teacher shortage areas for purposes of deferment of loan repayments or reductions of teaching obligation.  On February 4, 2020 the Department of Education requested input regarding designated teacher shortage areas for federal reporting. The Department would like to thank all those who submitted information related to teacher shortage and, because of public input, will be proposing the following as K-12 teacher shortage areas for the 2020-2021 school year: | More


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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

Suicide Prevention Trainings Posted for School Staff this Spring

The Maine Suicide Prevention Program (MSSP) and NAMI Maine are offering a series of training opportunities for the school community over the next two months. If you have not developed or revised your suicide prevention and management protocols for your district, this may be the last chance to train a team from your school district before the deadline of June 2020. These trainings are all funded through the MSSP and offered at no or little costs. | More

G.E.A.R. Parent Network & Maine Parent Federation Peer Support Conference: It Takes A Village

Department of Education is providing this information to educators, students and parents as a resource. This is not a Maine DOE sponsored event.  This event is sponsored by G.E.A.R. Parent Network (a program of Crisis and Counseling Centers) & Maine Parent Federation. | More

Thru the EYES of INNOVATION Conference 2020

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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Maine DOE Update – February 21, 2020

 

 

From the Maine Department of Education


Reporting Items

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News & Updates

Maine DOE Launches #LoveTeaching Campaign on Valentine’s Day

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) today kicked off the national #LoveTeaching campaign in Maine. Running February 14th through February 21st, the #LoveTeaching Campaign is observed by educators around the country as an opportunity to celebrate teaching, leading, and learning in a way that unites and invigorates educators and those they inspire all around the world. | More

Call for Nominations- Honor your School Nurse!

We are pleased to share that the Maine Association of School Nurses has announced a call for nominations for the Maine School Nurse of the Year (SNOY) 2020-21! This award recognizes an outstanding school nurse for contributions to the school and community they serve. The award provides recognition to an individual who demonstrates leadership in 6 areas of practice: care provision, program management, health education, professional development, community involvement, and research. | More

IEP Team Placement Decisions

The Maine Department of Education’s Office of Special Services would like to clarify the IEP Team’s responsibility as it relates to the educational placement of a child with a disability. | More

Maine Students Encouraged to Participate in 2020 School Bus Safety Poster Contest

The national 2020 School Bus Safety Poster Contest is underway and Maine is encouraging students to participate again this year.  The theme is Be Safe – Know the Danger Zone! Please share the contest information below with transportation staff and educators state-wide that are interested in helping students participate in this exciting opportunity to show off their visual arts skills and their knowledge of school bus safety! | 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 Learning 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


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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