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Maine DOE Update – August 25, 2016

From the Maine Department of Education

Maine educators receive presidential recognition for excellence in math and science

Four Maine educators are among 213 mathematics and science teachers recognized by President Obama as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science (PAEMST). The educators will receive their awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on September 8.

Awardees of the kindergarten through grade six cohort are Lauree Gott from Veazie Community School and Laura Stevens, second grade teacher at James Otis Kaler Elementary School in South Portland. Marielle Edgecomb from the Peninsula School in Prospect Harbor, and Cary James from Bangor High School are Maine’s awardees for the grade seven through twelve cohort.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion.

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Maine DOE to distribute funds to support proficiency-based diploma transition

In September, the Maine DOE will distribute grants to support the transition to proficiency-based diplomas to school administrative units operating schools. | More

Update of Maine Schools form now overdue

The Update of Maine Schools form is now overdue. This electronic version replaced a paper form previously sent to school administrative units and private schools last year. | More

USDOE releases guidance on civil rights of students with ADHD

The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidance clarifying the obligation of State and local educational agencies, including charter schools, to provide students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with equal educational opportunity. | More

Maine DOE launches new school transportation website

As Maine school districts prepare to open for the school year, staff will have access to a new school transportation website. | More

Putting Reading First in Maine videos now available online

The Putting Reading First in Maine instructional video collection, a key resource featuring reading instruction and assessment practices happening in Maine schools, is now available online. | More

MAITC seeking next Agricultural Teacher of the Year

Each year, Maine Agriculture in the Classroom recognizes an outstanding Maine elementary or secondary school teacher. | More

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MAITC seeking next Agricultural Teacher of the Year

Each year, Maine Agriculture in the Classroom recognizes an outstanding Maine elementary or secondary school teacher who uses agricultural education materials and/or activities in the classroom to teach core subjects.

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Putting Reading First in Maine videos now available online

The Putting Reading First in Maine instructional video collection, a key resource featuring reading instruction and assessment practices happening in Maine schools, is now available online. Maine educators, especially those who work in the K-5 grade span or with secondary level students in need extra assistance with reading, are encouraged to access this collection of resources for professional learning.

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Maine DOE launches new school transportation website

As Maine school districts prepare to open for the school year, staff will have access to a new school transportation website at www.maine.gov/doe/transportation.

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USDOE releases guidance on civil rights of students with ADHD

The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidance clarifying the obligation of State and local educational agencies, including charter schools, to provide students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with equal educational opportunity under Federal civil rights laws, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and implementing regulations that it enforces (29 U.S.C. § 794; 34 C.F.R. Part 104). Read the letter here.

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Update of Maine Schools form now overdue

The Update of Maine Schools form is now overdue. This electronic version replaced a paper form previously sent to school administrative units and private schools last year. Please check the status of your updates and complete them as soon as possible. The form requires a superintendent signature to complete the process and make it “Ready for Approval” in NEO. This form can only be completed after your superintendent, dean, or director has been entered into the staff module of NEO.

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Maine DOE to distribute funds to support proficiency-based diploma transition

In September, the Maine DOE will distribute grants to support the transition to proficiency-based diplomas to school administrative units operating schools.

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Maine educators receive presidential recognition for excellence in math and science

Four Maine educators are among 213 mathematics and science teachers recognized by President Obama as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science (PAEMST). The educators will receive their awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on September 8.

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Maine DOE Update – August 18, 2016

From the Maine Department of Education

Summer Literacy Institute draws nearly 400 educators

The Maine Department of Education’s English language arts/literacy team worked with educator groups across the K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grade spans this month as they continue to develop proficiency systems in their schools. Educators explored high impact instructional routines and strategies that support students’ literacy learning and discussed methods of integrating these into their everyday teaching practices.

Understanding of Maine’s ELA/literacy standards was incorporated into the sessions which also examined collaborative conversation in the classroom as well as how to improve reading and writing skills.

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Clarification of Commissioner’s Review of Superintendent Agreements

The Maine Department of Education is clarifying the Commissioner’s role regarding superintendent agreement transfers pursuant to 20-A MRS §5205(6)(B). | More

Notice of education-related laws in effect March, April

The following education–related laws enacted in March and April of this year pertain to school budgets, special education regulations, medication administration, charter schools and more. | More

Notice of proposed rule changes to Chapter 101: special education

The Maine Department of Education is proposing a refinement to two sections of Rule Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty. | More

Notice of proposed rule changes to Chapter 126/261: school children immunization requirements

The Maine Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention are proposing refinements to joint rule Chapters 126/261: Immunization Requirements for School Children. | More

Notice of proposed rule changes to Chapters 221, 229, 230: adult education

The Maine Department of Education is proposing refinements to three  chapters related to adult education. | More

New proposed rule Chapter 41: offering instruction in schools related to CPR and the use of AEDs

The following information was shared in the last Maine DOE Update. Please note this is a proposed rule. | More

MaineCare Seed payment adjustments made

The 2016-17 subsidy checks for General Purpose Aid for local schools will reflect adjustments for MaineCare Seed payments paid by the Maine DOE on behalf of school administrative units (SAUs). | More

SAUs to stop annually filing EF-S-03 for certification, background check status

School administrative units will no longer file the EF-S-03 report for the purpose of notifying the Department about the status of certification and/or licenses and criminal history record checks for contracted service providers for students with disabilities. | More

Mentoring workshop for educators of gifted and talented program

The Maine Department of Education will sponsor a mentoring workshop for new and experienced gifted and talented educators at the Augusta Armory on September 7. | More

Youth health survey to be delivered next February

The Maine Department of Education is pleased to announce the fifth administration of the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS) will be conducted in February. | More

Maine’s CTE professional trucking program captures national attention

Approximately 70 students in Maine are enrolled in a course of study designed for future careers in commercial trucking. | More

Maine School Transportation Safety Conference held last month

The Maine Department of Education sponsored the forty-fifth annual Maine School Transportation Safety Conference in collaboration with the Maine State Police and Maine Association for Pupil Transportation last month. | More

Educator prep programs focus at higher education workshop

Higher education representatives gathered with Maine DOE to discuss educator preparation programs throughout Maine colleges and universities with educator career tracks. | More

An inside look at Maine’s 2016 County Teachers of the Year

Seven Maine educators went before the State review panel as part of the 2017 Maine Teacher of the Year selection process. | More

Oxford Hills School district creating a healthier learning environment

One of the great benefits of the district’s IPM program is that both students and staff take home what they learn about IPM practices at school. | More
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Notice of proposed rule changes to Chapter 101: special education

The Maine Department of Education is proposing a refinement to two sections of Rule Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty.

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