Continue the Conversation with Maine DOE and the McKinney-Vento Community Regional Representatives

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) has contracted with several organizations to provide county-specific support to schools for implementing the requirements of McKinney-Vento Act, including New Beginnings, Preble Street, Shaw House, Gateway  Community Services Maine, and the Maine Youth Action Board.

The Maine DOE will continue this collaboration with virtual Regional Meetings to share available regional and statewide resources, and hold space to discuss the most pressing issues schools in Maine are currently facing with homelessness.

Join us for the April and May 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.
  • 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!

No cost to participants ~ Registration is required.

Kennebec & Somerset Counties

Wednesday, April 27

9:00-10:00

Register here

Androscoggin, Franklin, & Oxford Counties

Wednesday, April 27

1:00-2:00

Register here

Penobscot & Piscataquis Counties

Thursday, April 28

9:00-10:00

Register here

Washington & Hancock Counties

Thursday, April 28 11:00-12:00am

Register here

York & Cumberland Counties

Friday, April 29

9:00-10:00

Register here

Mid Coast Counties

Wednesday, May 4

9:30-10:30

Register here

Aroostook County

Thursday, May 5

10:00-11:00

Register here

For More Information Contact:

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

New Resource for School Districts: McKinney-Vento Community Regional Representatives

Through a new partnership with service providers statewide, funded by the American Rescue Plan Homeless Children and Youth state reservation, the Maine Department of Education has contracted with several organizations to provide county-specific support to schools for implementing the requirements of the McKinney-Vento Act. These organizations include New Beginnings, Preble Street, Shaw House, Gateway Community Services Maine, and the Maine Youth Action Board.

Over the next two years, McKinney-Vento Regional Representatives from these organizations will be meeting with each McKinney-Vento liaison around the state to learn how to best support schools’ work with identification, outreach, and referral services for students and families who are experiencing housing instability. The Maine DOE Homeless Education State Coordinator, Amelia Lyons, will continue to provide professional development and technical assistance to School Administrative Units directly as well.

The Maine Department of Education will kick off this collaboration with virtual regional meetings to introduce, share available resources, and hold space to discuss the most pressing issues schools in Maine are currently facing with homelessness.

Who: McKinney-Vento district liaisons and building points of contact

When:

Androscoggin,
Franklin, & Oxford Counties

Tuesday, March 1
2:00-3:00
Register here
Kennebec &
Somerset Counties

Wednesday, March 2
1:00-2:00
Register here
York &
Cumberland Counties

Tuesday, March 8
11:00-12:00
Register here
Aroostook County
Thursday, March 10
10:00-11:00am
Register here
Penobscot & Piscataquis Counties
Tuesday, March 8
12:00-1:00
Register here
Mid Coast Counties
Tuesday, March 8
1:00-2:00
Register here
Washington & Hancock Counties
Wednesday, March 9
10:00-11:00
Register here

Download the flyer (PDF)

For More Information Contact:

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

Students Celebrate Passamaquoddy Language and Culture Through Food – A Feature by the Maine Migrant Education Program

The Maine Department of Education’s Migrant Education Program contracts with the nonprofit Mano en Mano to identify and support migratory students. Mano en Mano works with farmworkers and immigrants to thrive in Maine, and recently shared a story about how Migrant Education students celebrated Passamaquoddy language and culture through food. Check out this wonderful story and many others on their website.

Opan Opu Oponok (Bread in the Oven)

This winter, regional coordinators of the Migrant Education Program (MEP) have been working alongside families and students statewide to provide educational support as well as culturally relevant enrichment activities.

One of the most recent activities was planned and run by James Mendoza, regional coordinator for Eastern Washington County.  He collaborated with teachers and staff at Indian Township School to celebrate Passamaquoddy language and culture through food!

Read the full story

For more information about Mano en Maino, visit their website. For more information and resources regarding Migrant Education in Maine, contact Amelia Lyons at Amelia.Lyons@maine.gov.

Webinar Regarding Education and Afghan Newcomers: Keeping the Promise

The U.S. Department’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) in collaboration with the Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) invites you to a webinar that will provide information about ORR’s process for placing and supporting Afghan refugees in the context of the U.S. educational system.

The webinar will also feature representatives from the Office for Civil Rights, (OCR) and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). The panelists will discuss how to coordinate resources to provide wrap-around services and offer information about Federal support that will be explained in a forthcoming Dear Colleague Letter.

All state and local education personnel including superintendents, Title III Directors, teachers, and others who are involved in the work of welcoming our Afghan newcomers are invited to join on January 24, 2022, for an engaging and informative session.

Date: January 24, 2022,

Time: 4:00 pm Eastern Time

Register Here

MEDIA RELEASE: Reminder – April is Month of the Military Child

April is designated nationwide as Month of the Military Child. Maine honors the sacrifices made by military families statewide by encouraging school districts to engage in a variety of activities of their own choosing to celebrate Month of the Military Child.

As schools utilize remote learning to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, school districts are encouraged to engage in activities via social media. The Maine State Council of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) has created the following alternatives for districts to participate in a virtual Purple Up! Month:

  • Wear purple to an online classroom via Zoom, Skype, and/or Teams.
  • Purple Up Selfie!  School staff, students, family members, and legislators are encouraged to wear purple, take selfies, and post them on social media.
  • Encourage your social community to participate in Purple Up! Month

Persons posting materials are encouraged to tag Maine DOE and MIC3 and to use the hashtags #PurpleUp and #MOTMC. Families can post pictures about their experiences as a military family to Facebook, Twitter and tag the Maine Department of Education at @mdoenews (Twitter) and at @MaineDepartmentofEducation1 (Facebook) as well as the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) at @MIC3.Compact (Facebook) and @MIC3Compact (Twitter).