Maine DOE Staff Recognized During Recent Red Sox vs. Dodgers game at Fenway Park

Maine DOE’s Amelia Lyons Rukema, a Monster Finalist in the Wasabi Fenway Bowl Educators of New England Award, recently participated in the pregame ceremony for the Red Sox vs. Dodgers game at Fenway Park. Amelia serves as the McKinney-Vento specialist for the Maine Department of Education and was recognized as one of the three finalists for the award.

The Wasabi Fenway Bowl Honor Roll is a charitable program focused on recognizing and thanking educators who have gone above and beyond to support their students and respective communities. Amelia was awarded $5,000 through this award that she distributed to support local schools in Maine with acquiring basic needs items for their students in temporary living situations.

To see more about this award and McKinney-Vento in Maine, view the video here:

The federal McKinney-Vento Act provides rights and services to children and youth experiencing homelessness, which includes those who are: sharing the housing of others, “doubled up” or couch surfing; staying in motels, trailers, or camp grounds; staying in shelters or transitional housing; or sleeping in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, or similar settings. Students who qualify have specific rights to remain in their same school even if temporarily staying out of district, or to immediately enroll in the new school even if they lack normally required documents like proof of residency.

Every public school district in the country has a McKinney-Vento liaison who is the designated staff person available to identify and support students who qualify. Find yours here.

 

Regional Conversations for McKinney-Vento Liaisons and Organizations

Join the Maine Department of Education’s Climate Culture Resilience Team for In-Person Fall 2023 Regional Meetings for McKinney-Vento Liaisons and Organizations!

  • Hear updates on federal, state, and local policies and resources for students and families who are homeless or have unstable
  • Learn how to increase your school and district’s capacity to support
  • Hear strategies to increase family engagement from Melanie Junkins, ME DOE.
  • Brainstorm solution-oriented strategies affecting youth in your school and
  • Network with colleagues from other schools and organizations in your region.

Dates and Times for Schools and Organizations in Your Region!

York & Cumberland Counties

People’s Choice Credit Union
23 Industrial Park Road Saco
Wednesday, October 18
9:30 am -12:00 pm
Register for Saco mtg

Mid Coast, Kennebec & Somerset Counties

Burton M. Cross Office Building
111 Sewall Street, Augusta
Room 103 A&B
Tuesday, October 24
9:00 -11:30 am
Register for Augusta mtg

Penobscot & Piscataquis Counties

Wings for Children and Families
900 Hammond St, #915, Bangor
Thursday, November 2
8:15 – 10:30 am
Register for Bangor mtg

 

Washington & Hancock Counties

University of Maine Machias
116 O’Brien Avenue, Machias
Thursday, November 2
1:00 – 3:30 pm
Register for Machias mtg

Aroostook County

Maine Department of Labor
66 Spruce Street, Presque Isle
Friday, November 3 9:00 -11:30am
Register for Presque Isle mtg

 

Androscoggin, Franklin, & Oxford Counties

University of Southern Maine-Lewiston Auburn College
51 Westminster St, Lewiston
Thursday, November 9
9:00 – 11:30 am
Register for Lewiston mtg

No cost to participants ~ Registration is required. Register for the regional meeting you want to attend! There are separate links for each meeting listed above.

Download a flyer to share at your school or in your community (PDF).

For More Information Contact:
Amelia Lyons at amelia.lyons@maine.gov or Susan Lieberman at susan.lieberman88@gmail.com

ARP funds received from the USDOE support the implementation of this project. The project has an award totaling $795,000 dollars of which 100% is federally funded and directly attributed to project implementation. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by the USDOE or the U.S. Government.

Webinar: Data Entry of Students Experiencing Homelessness

Join the Maine Department of Education (DOE) McKinney-Vento Specialist Amelia Lyons Rukema and Data Quality Training Alexandra Cookson, for an interactive webinar about ensuring accurate reporting of students experiencing homelessness.

The webinar will be recorded and posted to the Webinars and Presentations page on the Helpdesk Website. It may take a few days to get the recording posted, however, it will be available as soon as possible.

Homeless Data Entry Webinar:

April 25 at 11:00 am

Join the Live event here No registration is required to join. The Join Live event link will be active on the date and time of the webinar. If this webinar is canceled, there will be a notice posted on the Helpdesk Website at the top of the page.

Presenting: Amelia Lyons Rukema, Maine DOE McKinney-Vento Specialist

For questions about data reporting webinars please contact Alexandra.Cookson@maine.gov

Regional Conversations for McKinney-Vento Liaisons and Organizations

Join the Maine Department of Education for In Person Spring Regional Meetings:

  • Hear updates on federal, state, and local policies and resources for students and families who are homeless or have unstable housing
  • Learn how to increase your school and district’s capacity to support students
  • Hear strategies to improve student engagement and support from Jessa Wyman with New Beginnings
  • Brainstorm solution-oriented strategies affecting youth in your school and community
  • Network with colleagues from other schools and organizations in your region

Dates and Times for Schools and Organizations in Your Region!

York & Cumberland Counties
People’s Choice Bank
23 Industrial Park Road, Saco
Thursday, March 30
9:30 am -12:00 pm

Mid Coast, Kennebec & Somerset Counties
Burton M. Cross Office Building
111 Sewall Street, Augusta
Room 103 A&B
Wednesday, April 5
9:00-11:30 am

Androscoggin, Franklin, & Oxford Counties
Lewiston Central Office, Dingley Conference Room
36 Oak Street, Lewiston
Tuesday, April 11 9:00 – 11:30 am

Penobscot & Piscataquis Counties
Wings for Children and Families, 900 Hammond St, #915, Bangor
Thursday, April 27
8:15– 10:30 am

Washington & Hancock Counties
Department of Labor
53 Prescott Drive, Machias
Thursday, April 27
1:00- 3:20pm

Aroostook County
Department of Labor
66 Spruce Street
Presque Isle
Friday, April 28 9:00-11:30am

No cost to participants ~ Registration is required. REGISTER HERE.

For More Information Contact:

Amelia Lyons at amelia.lyons@maine.gov or Susan Lieberman at susan.lieberman88@gmail.com

November is National Runaway Prevention Month – Get Involved!

We hope you will join us this November to Shine a Light on youth experiencing homelessness. Use these resources to get involved.

Also, there are many events you can get involved with. Here are some highlights:

November 10: Wear Green Day